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Waitomo Caves

4.2
Caves · River Rafting & Tubing · Nature & Wildlife Tours

Popular things to do in Waitomo Caves

Spellbound Glowworm & Cave Tours
Nature / Wildlife Tour
Spellbound Glowworm & Cave Tours
4.9
Duration: 4 hours
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Canyoning / Rapelling Tour
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
4.9
Duration: 4 hours
Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Cave
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
4.1
Duration: 30 minutes
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River Rafting / Tubing
River Rafting & Tubing
4.6
Duration: 2 hours
Head deep beneath the surface of the earth at Waitomo Caves, a village and cave system that draws both extreme sports enthusiasts and those wanting something a little more relaxed. Carved from the limestone by underground streams, the vast caves are laced by rivers far under the habitable land above. Stalactite and stalagmite formations make for great photos, but the highlight of your trip to Waitomo Caves is likely to be the constellations of glowworms illuminating these subterranean caverns. Waitomo Caves' small community offers lodgings, cafes, and restaurants for visitors. Don't miss the chace to explore above ground, too: take a horse trek through the lovely surrounding farmland, or make a visit to the local avian preserve to spot some of the land's rarest species. Use our New Zealand tour itinerary planning app to plan your trip to Waitomo Caves and other destinations in New Zealand.

Nature in Waitomo Caves

Ruakuri Cave
Cave
Ruakuri Cave
4.6
Duration: 1h 30 min
Caveworld ©
Cave
Caveworld
4.7
Duration: 2 hours
Marakopa Falls ©
Waterfall
Marakopa Falls
4.7
Duration: 30 minutes
Footwhistle Glowworm Cave ©
Cave
Footwhistle Glowworm Cave
4.7
Duration: 1h 30 min

Side trips from Waitomo Caves

Aranui Cave
Cave
Aranui Cave Otorohanga
4.4
Duration: 2 hours
Otorohanga Kiwi House & Native Bird Park ©
Wildlife Area
Otorohanga Kiwi House & Native Bird Park Otorohanga
3.5
Duration: 1h 30 min
Timber Trail NZ
Biking Trail
Timber Trail NZ Pureora Forest Park
4.8
Duration: 4 hours
Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari ©
Island
Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari Pukeatua
4.8
Duration: 2 hours

Hidden gems in Waitomo Caves

Mangapohue Natural Bridge Walk ©
Bridge
Mangapohue Natural Bridge Walk
4.7
Duration: 30 minutes
Waitomo Clay Birds ©
Outdoor Activity
Waitomo Clay Birds
5.0
Duration: 1h 30 min
Roselands Farm Park
Farm
Roselands Farm Park
3.4
Duration: 30 minutes
Piripiri Cave Walk ©
Cave
Piripiri Cave Walk
3.1
Duration: 30 minutes

Trails in Waitomo Caves

Ruakuri Walk ©
Hiking Trail
Ruakuri Walk
4.8
Duration: 30 minutes

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