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North Island's West Coast Sights

Spellbound and Te Ana o Te Atua Caves

  • Waitomo Caves Rd. Map It
  • Waitomo
  • Cave

Updated 02/18/2014

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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.

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Sight Information


Waitomo Caves Rd., Waitomo Village, Waitomo, 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

Updated 02/18/2014


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