WAITOMO GLOWWORM CAVES TOUR

Waitomo Glowworm Caves Small Group Tour from Auckland

From NZD$220Duration: 8 hours (approx.)Product code: 014CK

On this tour you will be picked up from the hotel in our modern, comfortable minivan and driven through the stunning Waikato countryside on a fully-guided journey to the world-famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves. During the journey to Waitomo you will encounter New Zealand's longest river, beautiful mountains and many different farm animals along the way. 

Once in Waitomo you can choose between several of the Waitomo caves or upgrade to Black Water Rafting or The Black Abyss for a real adventure rush.

During your chosen cave tour you will explore the ancient and amazing caves seeing many different cave formations including stalactites, stalagmites and lime columns, before encountering thousands of the famous Waitomo Glowworms, unique for New Zealand for over 120 years. 

For those of you that choose the short tour at Waitomo you will have free time after your tour to explore the area and maybe even do one of the walks to add to your experience.

After your Waitomo Caves tour you will also have the option to have lunch in the town or join us at Roselands for a delicious and highly recommended Kiwi barbeque buffet lunch.

After lunch our friendly guides will return you to Auckland pointing out more interesting sights along the way.

CAVE OPTIONS (Please select your cave option during the booking process)

WAITOMO GLOWWORM CAVES & GLOWWORM GROTTO BOAT RIDE


World-renowned and a magnet for both local and overseas visitors, the Waitomo Glowworm Caves occupy a high placing in the New Zealand vacation wish-list. This tour is a 45 min tour including the famous Glowworm Grotto Boat Ride. On the glowworm grotto boat ride you will marvel at Mother Nature's light display as you glide silently through the starry wonderland of the Glowworm Grotto.

UPGRADE TO RUAKURI CAVE (Recommended) - Summer only (or private tour in winter - please contact us)

If travelling all the way to Waitomo we recommend upgrading to Ruakuri Cave. The cave offers a captivating blend of Waitomo's most compelling subterranean experiences. Journey down through the spectacular spiral entrance, and marvel at the softly folding shawl-like limestone formations and crystal tapestries. Hear the distant thunder of the subterranean waterfalls and get up close to the glowworms.

Ruakuri Cave is New Zealand's longest guided underground walking tour and an experience that must be seen to be believed. It will leave you awe-struck and humbled by the sheer majesty of nature.

UPGRADE TO BLACK WATER RAFTING (Black Labyrinth) - Summer only (or private tour in winter - please contact us)

The original Waitomo black water rafting tour that will have you exploring and tubing through mysterious Ruakuri Cave. Grab a group of mates, some rubber tubes, and let’s take you on an unreal underground adventure you will never forget.


  • Float down the underground river in rubber tubes while admiring the glowworm displays above
  • Become part of the legend on Waitomo’s original legendary black water rafting adventure
  • Jump into cascading underground waterfalls, reflecting the glowworms above
  • Enjoy a hot shower and complimentary hot soup and bagels after your tour
  • Experienced, trained guides will take you safely through the stunning underworld​​

UPGRADE TO THE BLACK ABYSS - Summer only (or private tour in winter - please contact us)

For the ultimate in adventure caving tours, look no further than the Black Abyss. You will descend into the black, seemingly bottomless depths of Ruakuri Cave, zipline through a gallery of illuminating glowworms and climb underground waterfalls as you test your limits on this truly unforgettable journey. The most comprehensive caving experience including an underground flying fox and waterfall climbs, Abseil into Ruakuri Cave down a 35-metre tomo (hole), Test yourself on this ultimate caving adventure, Enjoy a hot shower and complimentary hot soup and bagels after your tour.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: Allow 5 hours, Beginner level, You must be 16 years and 45kg+, Need swimwear and towel, Water temperature 10-14°C / 50-57°F, Wetsuits and footwear provided

ACTIVITY INVOLVES: Abseiling training, Abseiling 35 metres, Caving and walking, Cave tubing (black water rafting), Glowworms, Jumps, Flying Fox, Climbing

BOOKING CONDITIONS: Subject to availability and weather conditions.

Tour Inclusions:

  • Fully guided small group return tour from Auckland
  • Hotel pick ups and drop offs (specific central Auckland hotels only)
  • Entry and fully guided tour of Waitomo Caves
  • Glowworm Grotto boat ride
  • Refreshments and snacks whilst driving
  • On screen entertainment during the drive
  • Multiple stops to purchase food, buy souvenirs or take photos 
  • Wifi and charging ports available in vehicle
  • Transport in modern and comfortable minibuses