Glowworm Caves


Discover your moment of magic in the Waitomo Glowworm Caves tour

Known as one of New Zealand’s best natural attractions, take a boat ride through the glowworm grotto, marvel at thousands of magical glowworms and become part of over 130 years of cultural and natural history.

Discover an ancient world 30 million years in the making and marvel at Mother Nature’s light display as you glide silently through the starry wonderland of the Glowworm Grotto. Experience the serene ambience as you enter this galaxy of tiny living lights. The glowworm (Arachnocampa Luminosa) is unique to New Zealand, making the Waitomo Glowworm Caves an absolute must-do. See thousands of these tiny creatures as they radiate their unmistakable luminescent light in a subterranean world.

The Waitomo Glowworm Caves tours are made up of two levels. The upper being dry and decorated with stunning, delicate cave formations and the lower level consisting of stream passages, glowworms and the Cathedral, the tallest chamber in the cave.

Many of our guides are direct descendants of the Maori chief who originally explored the cave, bringing the cave to life through story-telling and explaining the history, features and legends of the world-famous cave.

Compare all experiences to find the right tour for you.

  • Boat Ride

  • Glowworms

  • Stairs


  • NZD$61 Adult

  • NZD$28 Child

  • NZD$154 Family (2A+2C)

  • NZD$22 Extra Child (Family Pass)

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Essential Information

  • Essential Information

  • 39 Waitomo Village Rd, Waitomo Caves
  • 0800 456 922
  • Open daily 9am - 5pm - Pre-Booking is Essential
  • Tours depart every 30 minutes - Pre-Booking is Essential

Departure Information

Current Departure Times:
Open daily 9am - 5pm

Tours depart daily from 9 am -5 pm (extra tours added during school & public holidays)

Allow 45 minutes.

Pre-booking is essential to avoid disappointment 

You must Check in 30 minutes prior to your tour departure


*If you arrive late or miss your scheduled departure time your ticket will be forfeited and new tickets will need to be purchased subject to availability




  • Wear comfortable shoes
  • Wear a warm jacket

The Waitomo Glowworm Cave is accessible to those with reasonable mobility, with good handrails and paths. Please wear comfortable footwear suitable for walking. Some areas of the cave can be wet and slippery. Please note: the Waitomo Glowworm Cave does not have wheelchair access however, Ruakuri Cave is wheelchair friendly.


  • Do I need to Pre-Book my tickets?

    Yes, pre-booking is essential to avoid missing out, especially over the summer months. Plus it's easy; just select your preferred date and time, and pre-pay for your tickets online.

  • What is the check-in time and location?

    Waitomo Glowworm Cave tours depart from 39 Waitomo Village Rd. Check-in at least 30 minutes prior to tour departure. If you are late or miss your departure time, your ticket (s) are forfeited and non-refundable.

  • How long is the tour?

    Allow 45 minutes for the tour. If you have extra time, enjoy a coffee and a snack at the cafe and make sure you check out the gift shop!

  • How many people can go on each boat tour?

    There are 23 people or under on each boat tour.

  • Do I need a life Jacket?

    Personal flotation devices are mandatory for those under 5's. We have a range of sizes and styles to suit, which will be provided at the start of the tour. *if an infant is in a secure front pack and remains in the front pack for the duration of the tour, they are not required to wear a personal floatation device.

  • Will the tour go if it is raining?

    The Glowworm cave will only be affected if we have a heavy amount of rainfall over a period of time.

  • Can you take photos or video this tour?

    Photography and video are not permitted inside the Waitomo Glowworm Caves, but is allowed in Ruakuri Cave and Aranui Cave.

  • What is the temperature inside the Waitomo Glowworm Cave?

    16-17 ºC year round

  • What do I need to bring on the tour?

    All you will need are comfortable walking shoes with a non-slip grip and a warm jacket.

  • Are kids free?

    Under 4-year-olds go free, but they must be booked to secure a place on tour.

  • Can I include a child aged over 14 as a child in a family pass?

    No, children over the age of 14 will need to be booked as an adult. Proof of age may be required.

  • What does a family pass consist of?

    Two adults and two children, aged 4-14 years. Children under 3 and under are Free of Charge but still require a ticket.