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Cave Tours

Suitable for a wide range of ages and abilities, these cave tours are generally a dry and gentle way to explore a cave.

Tours range from a 200 metre walk of approximately 55 minutes, a walk of 1.6 kilometres over 90 minutes or a tour of 3 hours (including travel time). Your guide will be able to tell you about the history of the cave, as well as showing you speleotherms (stalactites and stalagmites), fossils and cave creatures.

Water drips into the caves making pathways and staircases wet, and the temperature is about 12˚ – 14˚Celsius all year round, so you will need comfortable walking shoes and a light jacket or jersey for these tours.


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Waitomo Glowworm Cave Tour

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  • This cave tour has been operating for over 126 years.
  • Allow 55 minutes.
  • Enjoy walking through big open caverns of cave formations.
  • The tour includes a 5-10 minute boat ride through the Glowworm Grotto.
 
 
Adult: $55
Child: (4-14yrs): $25
Infant: Free
Family pass: (2 adults + 2 children): $136
Extra child on a family pass: $20

Standard trip times: Every half an hour from 9am – 5pm (these times may vary by season. Contact us for further details.)
You will need comfortable shoes and a warm jacket.
Photography is not permitted.

Book this cave tour with us and receive half price adult admission into the Waitomo Caves Museum. Entry for children 14 and under is free with a paying adult.

Special combination prices are available for two or all of the following cave tours: Waitomo Glowworm Cave, Aranui Cave and Ruakuri Cave (see further down this page.)

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Aranui Cave Tour

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  • Allow 1 hour
  • Limestone Formations
  • Fine and delicate stalactites and stalagmites
  • You may be able to see cave weta
 
Adult: $55
Child (4-14 years): $25 Infant: Free
Family Pass (2 adults + 2 children): $140
Extra child on a family pass: $20
Standard trip times: 9.30am, 11am, 1pm, 2.30pm, 4pm (times may vary and additional tours maybe available in busy periods) – must be booked and subject to availability
You will need comfortable shoes and a warm jacket.
Photography is permitted.
 
Book this cave tour with us and receive half price adult admission into Waitomo Caves Museum. Entry for children 14 and under is free with a paying adult).

Special combination prices are available for two or all of the following cave tours: Waitomo Glowworm Cave, Aranui Cave and Ruakuri Cave (see further down this page.)

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Ruakuri CaveRuakuri CaveRuakuri Cave Tour

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  • Allow 2 hours.
  • Walk down a man-made spiral entrance way.
  • 1.6 km walk through the cave.
  • History of the cave
  • See glowworms close up.
  • Wheelchair accessible (60 cm maximum width). A wheelchair can be organised for you by prior arrangement.
 
Adult: $79
Child: (4-14 years): $30
Infant: Free
Family Pass (2ad + 2ch): $190
Extra Child: $20
Standard trip times: 9am, 10am, 11am, 12.30pm, 1.30pm, 2.30pm, 3.30pm (additional tours maybe available in busy periods). Must be booked and subject to availability
You will need: Comfortable shoes, warm jacket and camera
Photography is permitted but some restrictions apply.

Book this cave tour and receive admission into Waitomo Museum for $2 per adult (children 14 and under are free).

Special combo price available for two or all of the following cave tours: Waitomo Glowworm Cave Tour, Aranui Cave Tour and Ruakuri Cave Tour (see further down page)

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Glowworm Cave + Aranui Cave Combo

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Adult: $85
Child (4-14yrs): $35
Infant: Free
Family Pass (2ad + 2ch): $180
Extra Child: $35

ONLY AVAILABLE IF BOOKED WITH THE WAITOMO i-SITE – free admission into the Waitomo Caves Museum. 

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Glowworm Cave + Ruakuri Cave Combo

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Adult: $100
Child (4-14yrs): $40
Infant: Free
Family Pass (2ad + 2ch): $210
Extra Child: $30

ONLY AVAILABLE IF BOOKED WITH Waitomo i-SITE.  Free admission into the Waitomo Museum 

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3 Cave Combo

Waitomo Glowworm Caves LogoRuakuri Cave LogoAranui Cave Logo

 
Adult: $140
Child (4-14yrs): $55
Infant: Free
Family Pass (2ad + 2ch): $250
Extra Child: $55

ONLY AVAILABLE IF BOOKED WITH Waitomo i-SITE.  Free admission into the Waitomo Museum 

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Cave World

Footwhistle Glowworm Cave Tour

  • Allow 1.25 – 1.5 hours including travelling time
  • Glowworms
  • Candlelit entrance
  • Variety of formations
  • Display of one or more traditional lighting methods
  • Small and personalised tour
  • Cave exploring
  • Kawakawa tea tasting

Day Tour:

Adult: $64
Child (must be 5-17yrs): $39
Infant: Not recommended

Maximum Group Size: 11
Standard Trip Times: 10am, 12pm, 2pm and 4pm (more may be added in busy season)
You will need: Walking shoes and warm jacket (adverse weather), your camera
Photography permitted: Yes

Book this cave and receive admission into Waitomo Museum for $2.50 per adult (children 14 and under are free).

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Night Tour (more glowworms):

Adult: $69
Child: (must be 5-17yrs):$49
Infant: Not recommended

Maximum Group Size: 11
Standard Trip Times: Vary – call us!
You will need: Walking shoes and warm jacket (adverse weather)
Photography permitted: Yes

Book this cave and receive admission into Waitomo Museum for $2.50 per adult (children 14 and under are free).

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Spellbound Glowworm and Cave Tour

  • Allow 3 hours 15 minutes
  • Two caves in one tour (Mangawhitikau Cave and Te Ana o Te Atua Cave)
  • Variety of formations and fossils
  • Small and personalised tour
  • Close up view of Glowworms
  • Tea and Coffee break between two caves
  • 20+ minute boat ride through Glowworms
  • Cave of choice for the BBC / Sir David Attenborough ‘Planet Earth & Life In The Undergrowth’ documentaries

Adult: $75
Child: (0-14yrs): $26
Maximum Group Size: 12
Standard Trip Times: 10am, 11am, 2pm and 3pm – must be booked and subject to availability
You will need comfortable shoes, a warm jacket and your camera.
Photography is permitted but some restrictions apply.

Book this cave and receive half price admission into the Waitomo Caves Museum.

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