Waitomo Glowworm Cave, Ruakuri Cave and Sky Waka Gondola
Discover the breath-taking beauty of the North Island’s two most spectacular natural environments below ground AND above the clouds with this unique combo experience. Explore a subterranean, glowworm-studded underworld at Waitomo Caves and journey high above a world-heritage-listed mountain area on Mt Ruapehu’s Sky Waka gondola. Ride the country's most advanced gondola, high above the world-heritage-listed mountain area.
Waitomo Glowworm Caves & Ruakuri Cave
Descend into the magical Waitomo Glowworm Caves and glide by boat under a galaxy of glowworms before heading to ancient Ruakuri Cave, a spectacular cave full of legends and tales. Walk amongst magnificent cave formations formed over millions of years and see sparkling glowworms up-close.
Mt Ruapehu Sky Waka Gondola
New Zealand’s largest and most technically advanced gondola. Situated within the dual world heritage Tongariro National Park, Sky Waka travels 1.8kms through one of the North Island’s most rugged and spectacular landscapes on Whakapapa, Mt Ruapehu.
Check the Mt Ruapehu Snow Report for operating times and weather.
Open with the beginning of winter season. Reach us on weekends 9am-4pm by submitting a request here.
The Logistics: The drive between Waitomo and Whakapapa, home to Sky Waka gondola takes approximately 2 hours through a beautiful rural New Zealand countryside. This self-drive combo can be done in either order and spread across different days, giving you plenty of time to experience both regions and all activities on offer at your own pace.
- Waitomo Glowworm Cave & Ruakuri Cave: 585 Waitomo Caves Road, Waitomo
0800 228 464
- Open from 9am Thursday - Sunday (Daily during School Holidays)
- Sky Waka: Top of the Bruce Road, Whakapapa, Mt Ruapehu
- 07-892 4000
- Daily until 3:30pm
Current Departure times:
Open from 9am Thursday - Sunday (Daily during School Holidays)
Tours depart every 30 minutes from 10am, plus additional tours in summer (to be confirmed at booking).
Allow 1 hour.
Check in 30 minutes prior to tour departure.
- Wear comfortable shoes
- Wear a warm jacket
- Bring your camera
If you are confused about a certain tour time, you can confirm your bookings and times by phoning the contact centre on 0800 456 922.
All you will need are comfortable shoes, a warm jacket, and a camera for Ruakuri Cave.
There are 23 people or under on each boat tour.
Allow 45 minutes for the Waitomo Glowworm Cave and 1.5 hours for Ruakuri Cave.
Under 4 year olds go free, but they must be booked to secure a place on the tour.
No you can not, you will need to book them as an adult. Proof of age may be required.
Waitomo Glowworm Cave tours depart daily from the Waitomo Glowworm Caves Visitor Centre, located at 39 Waitomo Village Rd. You will then self-drive to the Ruakuri Visitor Centre on Tumutumu Rd, 5 minutes away. Check in 30 minutes prior to your first tour departure.
Photography and video are not permitted inside the Waitomo Glowworm Caves, but is allowed in Ruakuri Cave.
Two adults and two children.
16-17 ºC year round