Waitomo Caves tours | Compare glow-worm tours and deals

Find the perfect way to experience the area’s famous glow-worm caves with these tour options.

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There are not many places that you see glow-worms up close, as well as unique caves that will leave you speechless. That’s why the Waitomo Caves are so popular for visitors to New Zealand.

We’ve found the best Waitomo Caves tours so you can find the right experience to suit your needs and budget.

Where to book Waitomo Caves tours:


Our top picks:

Best for price: Waitomo Glowworm Caves Tour

Best for price: Waitomo Glowworm Caves Tour from Klook

Highlights:

  • Boat tour of the caves
  • Learn about the history and local legends
  • Experience a place of natural magic
  • Cost:$42.50
  • Duration: 45 minutes
  • Available on: Daily except Christmas Day
  • Extras and inclusions: Experienced guide, boat tour

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Best for experience length: Waitomo Triple Cave Combo

Best for experience length: Waitomo Triple Cave Combo from RedBalloon NZ

Highlights:

  • Get the full Waitomo Caves experience
  • Tour Waitomo Glowworm Cave, Aranui Cave and Ruakuri Cave
  • Enjoy numerous underground formations and glow-worms
  • Photo opportunities in Ruakuri Cave and Aranui Cave
  • Cost:$100
  • Duration: 3 1/2 hours
  • Available on: Daily except Christmas Day
  • Extras and inclusions: Friendly local guides, admission to three caves

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Best for kids: Ruakuri Cave Guided Tour

Best for kids: Ruakuri Cave Guided Tour from RedBalloon NZ

Highlights:

  • Get up close and personal with the glow-worms
  • Learn about glow-worms and cave formations from a guide
  • Longest underground walking tour
  • Cost:$30
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Available on: Daily except Christmas Day
  • Extras and inclusions: Tour of the cave with expert guide

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Best for value: Hobbiton and Waitomo Glowworm Cave tour

Best for value: Hobbiton and Waitomo Glowworm Cave tour from Groupon

Highlights:

  • Visit two destinations in one day
  • Fully guided tour of Waitomo Caves
  • Tour of Hobbiton
  • Transport from Auckland
  • Cost:$279
  • Duration: 12+ hours
  • Available on: Daily except public holidays
  • Extras and inclusions: Admission, pick-up from Auckland CBD, transport, small group tour

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Waitomo Caves tours compared

Tour nameDurationExtras/inclusionsSuitable forPriceBook with
Waitomo Glow-worm Caves Tour45 minutesExperienced guide, boat tourAll ages$43Klook
Hobbiton and Waitomo Glow-worm Cave Tour12+ hoursAdmission, pick-up from Auckland CBD, transport, small group tourAll ages$279Groupon
Waitomo Triple Cave Combo3 ½ hoursFriendly local guides, admission to three cavesAll ages$100Red Balloon
Ruakuri Cave Guided Tour2 hoursTour of the cave with expert guideAll ages$30Red Balloon

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