Waitomo Glow Worm Caves Express Tour From Auckland

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 7 Hrs 54 Mins
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  • Departure Time :
    7:30 AM Hotel pickups commence prior to this time, you must contact the local service provider to verify your exact pickup time.
  • Departure Details :
    102 Hobson Street, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Hotel pick ups in most cases will be earlier. Please check with provider open til 8pm.
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  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


Take a full day sightseeing tour from Rotorua to Waitomo. Travel through lush farmland and scenic rolling hills while listening to entertaining commentary from your experienced driver guide en route to Waitomo Glowworm Caves. Learn about cave formations in this subterranean wonderland and enter the magical Glowworm Grotto as you experience one of the best things to see in New Zealand.


  • Day trip (destination A to B)
  • All taxes, fuel surcharges and service fees included
  • Recorded commentary by audio headphones
  • All entrance fees included

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After morning pickup at your Auckland hotel or the bus terminal, travel by comfortable coach for about two hours to reach Waitomo. Take in the picturesque scenery along the way as you travel through the rolling farmland of Waikato and King Country.

Your driver points out highlights of the region including the historically significant Rangiriri, where a major battle was fought between British and Maori forces in 1863 as part of the British effort to colonize the Waikato region.

When you arrive at the Waitomo Glowworm Caves, a local guide takes you on a 45-minute guided tour through the limestone caves. Walk through subterranean caverns where you see stalagmites, stalactites and other rock formations. Learn how the caves were formed as you take in the magnificent underground chambers. Your tour finishes with a short boat ride through Glowworm Grotto, where thousands of glowworms light up the darkness like tiny stars. Each strand that dangles from the rock is a living glow worm that emits light.

After your tour enjoy a picnic lunch (if option selected) or spend time in the visitor center before returning to Auckland in the afternoon. There is a caf on-site with a limited menu if you would like to purchase lunch there.

At the designated time, meet your coach for the return trip to Auckland, where you are returned to your starting point in the afternoon.


Lunch (if option selected)


Live commentary on board

Local guide

Air-conditioned vehicle

Hotel pickup and drop-off

Entry/Admission - Waitomo Glowworm Caves


Food and drinks, unless specified


Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Not wheelchair accessible

Infants must sit on laps

Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level

Children must be accompanied by an adult

Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking

This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If its canceled because the minimum isnt met, youll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund

This tour/activity will have a maximum of 40 travelers

Traveler Reviews

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  • 02-Apr-2018

    1. Took about 3 hours to get there and another 3 hours back TOTAL OF 6 Hours of sitting down in a crowded bus.
    2. The cave tour lasted a mere 45 MINUTES of the entire trip! It gets worse! You ARE NOT ALLOWED TO TAKE ANY PICTURES IN THE CAVE nor do they show you what a glow worm actually looks like.
    3. Once the tour ends you have 15 minutes to grab a bite to eat if there isnt a line, use the bathroom AND look around the souvenir shop before you have to hop back on your bus not enough time!
    4. There was NO Wifi on the bus even though it clearly states that each bus has Wifi before I purchased tickets.
    5. The bathroom on the bus was Out of order

    Definitely was NOT worth almost 200.

  • 10-Feb-2018

    The cave tour itself was beautiful. But I wish I didn't join the tour group as all the buses were rushing us so that people could get to next location. I chose this tour alone with the thought I could spend more time at the caves, but no difference. They just put us on another bus on a schedule

  • 08-Feb-2018

    Disappointing. More time is spent on the coach than at the attraction.
    Highly over priced!
    Save yourself the trouble of a tour and do yourself as you will get far more out of the day that way.

  • 04-Jan-2018

    The glowworm cave is beautiful. It's a long way out in the middle of nowhere, so I would recommend booking a multi-stop tour.

  • 04-Oct-2017

    Awesome experience but a little more time at the caves would be great. Felt a little rushed and would like to have stayed a little longer.

  • 24-Apr-2017

    The caves are fantastic. The tour was not.

    Get great photo ops of fantastical rock formations in the underground chambers - what opportunity? Photos were forbidden in the caves.

    Have time to explore the Waitomo visitor complex at your leisure - we had about 10 minutes before the bus left.

    Have the option to pre-book a buffet lunch - lunch was a deli sandwich, apple, and a muffin in a box.

    In all, 5 hours on a bus to have a 45-minute tour through the caves. Combine this one with other destinations.

  • 17-Mar-2017

    Five hour round trip to find we were not able to do the boat ride so 20 minute tour of the caves and wait for the bus to take us back why were we not informed before we started so that we could decide not to go

  • 14-Mar-2017

    We missed the pick-up and emailed the local tour partner to see if we can be accomodated next day, as we are flying out 2 days after.
    Local tour partner responded late in the afternoon informng us that their tour is full ntil mar 12, we will be gone by then.

    Too bad we could not reach to help us. We would have wanted to see this tour. So our payment was forfeited. Kinda dampened our vacation, but its our fault, we were late!

  • 03-Feb-2017

    Very beautiful place. Amazing to learn not only about the glow worms but also the history of the caves. Really cool to see the stalagmites that have formed over years and years. Seeing the glow worms is so magical. It's like looking up into space and seeing bright blue stars everywhere. Absolutely no photos allowed inside because it will scare the worms then their lights will go out for sometimes days. Thought the actual boat tour would be longer though, but it just takes you in a circle in one small cave where there's a huge cluster of worms. Still amazing to see, and the surrounding forest is beautiful as well.

  • 09-Nov-2016

    Really good tour, it is a very long journey from Auckland though. The bus driver going was good however the one on the way back was boring.... the tour I found was very expensive for a 45min tour!

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