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Waitomo Glowworm Caves

Waitomo Glowworm Cave Tour – 45 minutes
Step back in time with the kids, discover an ancient world 30 million years in the making. View thousands of Titiwai (Glowworms) glowing, with their lights reflecting in the water. A magical adventure!
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
39 Waitomo Village Road, Waitomo

Ruakuri Cave Tour – 1.5 – 2 hours
Journey down the push chair friendly spectacular spiral entrance, built to safeguard a Wāhi Tapu (sacred area). Explore and see glowworms and their sticky threads up close, listen to the distant thunder of the subterranean waterfalls and learn about why Ruakuri was given its name over 200 years ago.
Ruakuri Cave Visitor Centre
205 Ruakuri Road, Waitomo

Aranui Cave Tour – 1 hour
Take the family on an expedition through enchanted forest to find the hidden entrance to Aranui Cave. Learn from our guide about native flora and fauna upon the way. Aranui Cave is home to a colony of Cave Wetas – they can’t see you as they’re nearly blind but kids – see if you can spot them! View stunning cave formations with white, pink and brown stalactites and stalagmites.
Aranui Cave – Please check in at the Ruakuri Cave Visitor Centre
205 Ruakuri Road, Waitomo

What to do before or after your cave tour? Check out these child-friendly spots above ground:

Ruakuri Bush Walk
Car park entry off Tumutumu Road
A scenic and easy 1km long loop walk. Discover a forested gorge, sculpted cliffs and the amazing Ruakuri Natural Tunnel.

Marokopa Falls
Situated 29 kms from Waitomo Caves
Take a short walk (20 minutes return) through tawa and nikau forest down to the viewing platform, see the beautiful 35m high Marokopa falls in action.

Waitomo Caves Discovery Centre and Museum of Caves
Situated in Waitomo Township
Allow 30 minutes – 1 hour for your visit

See exhibits of caves, glowworms, limestone landscapes and Waitomo’s History
View fossils and moa skeletons
Kids be challenged by the cave crawl!
Adults $5 and Children (0-14 yrs) are free

Waitomo Homestead
Delicious cabinet and menu options
Kāpiti scoop ice creams available
Indoor and outdoor dining
An indoor kids play area and baby changing facilities onsite
Plenty of parking and a great place to relax and stretch your legs

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  • Address

    39 Waitomo Caves Rd, Waitomo Caves, Otorohanga 3943, New Zealand
  • Phone Number

    64 7 878 8228
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