Waitomo Glowworm & Aranui Twin Cave Experience

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Pricing Info: Per Person

Duration: 9 hours

Departs: Auckland, Auckland

Ticket Type: Mobile or paper ticket accepted

Free cancellation

Up to 24 hours in advance.

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Experience the magnificent Aranui Cave, along with glow worm cave set within a natural forest reserve in Waitomo. Under the green hills of Waitomo lies a labyrinth of caves, sinkholes and underground rivers. Explore the ancient cave formations, high chambers and huge stalactites and stalagmites. Discover serenity in the most delicate and intimate of the main caves in Waitomo. Get off the beaten track & discover one of Waitomo's best-kept secrets. Aranui Cave is a magical, mystical place that is steeped in Maori myth and legend.

What's Included

A local English-speaking tour escort throughout the tour

Admission to fully guided 30 minutes experience Waitomo Aranui Cave

Admission to fully guided 45 minutes experience Waitomo Glow Worm Cave

Boat ride on an underground stream through the Waitomo Glow worm Caves

Catch a glimpse of the New Zealand cave-dwelling weta

Complimentary pick up and drop off from Auckland CBD

Complimentary refreshments and water on board

Discover an ancient underground labyrinth of limestone caves and grottos

Experience a boat trip like no other, journeying through the starry expanse of the Glowworm Grotto

Experience top best North Island destinations in one day on an all-encompassing tour

Fully guided return transfers from Auckland

Immerse yourself in geology and history of the Waitomo caves with the help of a tour guide

Leave you open-mouthed, awe-struck and humbled by the sheer majesty of nature

Luxurious temperature controlled transportation in a minibus

Marvel at awe-inspiring stalactites and stalagmites during the iconic Glow-worm Caves tour

See more glow-worms than you could ever imagine all lighting up above your head!

Stare up at thousands of glowing glow-worms above you

The most beautiful of caves, Aranui has a resplendent array of stalactites and stalagmites

Walk through the Cathedral Cave and experience the amazing acoustics

What's Not Included

Access to Wi-Fi on board for a small surcharge




Traveler Information

  • INFANT: Age: 0 - 2
  • CHILD: Age: 3 - 11
  • ADULT: Age: 12 - 99

Additional Info

  • COVID-19 vaccination required for guides
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • No photography is permitted inside the Waitomo caves, and cameras and Go Pros cannot be taken on the tour.
  • Photography is permitted in Aranui Cave so bring your camera to click the best shots.
  • Please wear comfortable clothing suitable for the conditions, Sun protection, jacket/warm layer, & any essential personal items.
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Specialized infant seats are available
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
  • Easy and good fitness level required.
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • No backpacks or large bags allowed in cave due to delicate formations.
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Please do not touch the formation in the cave as it discoloured easily, please help us protect our cave.
  • Public transportation options are available nearby
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Suitable for all physical fitness levels
  • This is a guided walking tour and sensible walking footwear is recommended.

Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Experience may be cancelled due to Insufficient travelers
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

What To Expect

Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Be amazed by thousands of magical glowworms above as you glide silently by boat in the world famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves. The enchanting Waitomo Caves have been attracting visitors for more than 120 years, thanks to their incredible limestone formations and luminescent glowworms. The subterranean cave system is located beneath the rolling green countryside of the Waikato, one of New Zealand’s prime farming regions. Your guided Waitomo Caves tour will be an unforgettable sightseeing experience as you walk through majestic caverns, explore limestone shafts, marvel at the stalactites and stalagmites and enjoy a boat ride through a grotto lit by thousands of tiny native glowworms.

Glowworm caves in New Zealand offer visitors the chance to explore dark caves that are lit up by thousands of tiny glowworms (scientifically known as Arachnocampa Luminosa) who shine bright as a way to attract their prey.

60 minutes • Admission Ticket Included

Aranui Cave
Discover the exquisite interior decorations that have to be seen to be believed. The high chambers, magnificent limestone formations and the pale brown, pink and white shades of the huge stalactites in the Aranui Cave are truly spectacular. Almost every corner of the roof and walls are adorned with fragile, sparkling forms in pale brown, pink and white in our most intimate cave system.

60 minutes • Admission Ticket Included

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