North Island's West Coast Sights

Waitomo Glowworm Cave

  • 39 Waitomo Village Rd. Map It
  • Waitomo
  • Cave
  • Fodor's Choice

Published 08/30/2016

Fodor's Review

The most "genteel" of all the cave tours leads through the Waitomo Glowworm Cave, which was first officially explored in 1887 by local Chief Tane Tinorau and English surveyor Fred Mace. They built a raft of flax stems and, with candles for light, floated into the cave where the stream goes underground. Now visitors enter via high-quality pathways. You explore the limestone cathedral (and, like opera diva Kiri Te Kanawa, are invited to sing to make best use of the amazing acoustics here), then board a boat for a magical cruise beneath the "starry" glowworm-lit ceiling, floating out of the cave on the Waitomo River. Tours last 45 minutes and start at the magnificent Waitomo Glowworm Cave Visitor Centre, about 330 feet beyond the Waitomo i-SITE Discovery Centre.

Sight Information


39 Waitomo Village Rd., Waitomo, Waikato, 3943, New Zealand

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Sight Details:

  • Tours NZ$49; multicave tickets available

Published 08/30/2016


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