North Island's West Coast Sights

Spellbound and Te Ana o Te Atua Caves

  • Waitomo Caves Rd. Map It
  • Waitomo
  • Cave

Published 10/27/2015

Fodor's Review

This tour explores Spellbound and Te Ana o te Atua caves, two different underground experiences, and takes a short, scenic walk in the countryside. At Spellbound, a gentle raft floats through a glowworm chamber that has been filmed by Sir David Attenborough for the BBC. Te Ana o te Atua (Cave of the Spirit) has been known to the Ngati Kinohaku people for centuries, and features limestone formations, fossils, and bones. The 3½-hour tour includes tea and coffee and is limited to 12 people. Tours (advance booking advised) leave from the distinctive Spellbound Tower, at the entrance to Waitomo Village.

Sight Information


Waitomo Caves Rd., Waitomo Village, Waitomo, Waikato, 3977, New Zealand

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Sight Details:

  • Tours NZ$73
  • Tours: May and July–Aug., daily one or two trips depending on demand; Sept.–Apr. at 10, 11, 2, and 3, plus extra trip if demand

Published 10/27/2015


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