Waitomo Glowworm Caves & Aranui Cave
Discover two of the most precious and fascinating caves in Waitomo with a twin cave combo, experiencing both the mysterious Aranui Cave and the glowworm-studded Waitomo Glowworm Caves.
Join the guided walking tour through an enchanted forest and learn about the native New Zealand landscape and flora before entering Waitomo's best-kept secret, Aranui Cave. Almost every corner of this exquisite cave is adorned with fragile, sparkling forms in pale brown, pink and white as is the smallest and most delicate of Waitomo’s main cave systems.
Afterwards, enjoy the world-famous boat ride, discovering thousands of illuminating glowworms above as you glide silently through the glowworm grotto of the Waitomo Glowworm Caves, emerging into the lush native forest. A stunning and other-worldly experience not to be missed.
Find out more on our cave experiences.
- 39 Waitomo Village Rd, Waitomo Caves
- 0800 456 922
Current Departure Times:
Open from 11.30am Friday - Sunday
Tours depart from 11.30am. Additional tours may be added in summer.
Allow 45 minutes for the Waitomo Glowworm Cave and 1 hour for Aranui Cave.
Check in 30 minutes prior to tour departure.
NOT AVAILABLE ON TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY
- Wear comfortable shoes
- Wear a warm jacket
- Bring your camera
The Waitomo Glowworm Cave is accessible to those with reasonable mobility, with good handrails and paths. Please note: the Waitomo Glowworm Cave does not have wheelchair access. Photography and video are permitted in Aranui Cave. Please do not touch formations. They are easily discoloured by people touching them and the more fragile formations can break. Please help us protect the beauty of the cave.
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 Aranui Cave.
There are 23 people or under on each boat tour.
Allow 45 minutes for the Waitomo Glowworm Caves and 1 hour for Aranui 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.
Check in for your tour at the Waitomo Glowworm Caves Visitor Centre located at 39 Waitomo Village Rd. You will then self-drive to the Ruakuri Walkway, located at the bottom car park on Tumutumu Rd, just 5 minutes from the visitor centre. 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 Aranui Cave.
Two adults and two children.
16-17 ºC year round