Tours & activities by Travora Media from Viator

  • Location: Auckland, New Zealand
  • Duration: 7 hours 54 minutes (approx.)
From USD $181.57

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Leave the city bustle behind to witness a fabulous light show at the Waitomo Glowworm Caves. Marvel at the shimmering glow worms in the caves as you learn about the why they glow and how the caves were formed. Enjoy picturesque scenery en route to the caves and see highlights of the region such as Rangiriri, where British and Maori forces battled in 1863. Have time for lunch and to explore the Waitomo visitor complex before returning to Auckland in the afternoon.


  • Day trip (destination A to B)
  • All taxes, fuel surcharges and service fees included
  • Recorded commentary by audio headphones
  • All entrance fees included
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 buffet lunch (if option selected) or spend time in the visitor center before returning to Auckland in the afternoon. There is a café 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.

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Departure Dates:
Departure Point:
Selected Auckland city hotels
Sky City Bus Terminal
Departure Time:

Hotel pickups commence prior to this time, you must contact the local service provider to verify your exact pickup time.

7 hours 54 minutes (approx.)
Return Details:
Concludes in Auckland 102 Hobson Street at 2:45pm

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Tour Only
Code: GS10AN

Tour only

USD $181.57
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Tour including Lunch
Code: GS10AL

Tour including lunch

USD $204.45
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Waitomo Glowworm Caves Discovery Tour from Auckland

Waitomo Glowworm Caves Discovery Tour from Auckland

  • Walking tour
  • Lunch (if option selected)
  • Driver/guide
  • Live commentary on board
  • Local guide
  • Transport by air-conditioned coach
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Entrance fees
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Gratuities (optional)
Additional Information:
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • A moderate amount of walking is involved
  • Infant rates apply provided they do not occupy a seat
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
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Cancellation Policy

If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

Traveler Reviews

Reviewed by: Jennifer C, February 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.

Reviewed by: Bonnie S, United States of America, July 2016

Such a great trip! The bus ride to Waitomo is very scenic. Loved the glowworm caves--the glowworms are so cool!