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)

Booking Conditions Book

Essential Information

  • Essential Information

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

Departure Information

Current Departure Times:
Open daily 9am - 5pm

Tours depart daily from 10am -3:30pm (extra tours added during school & public holidays)

Allow 45 minutes.

Check in 30 minutes prior to tour departure.



  • Wear comfortable shoes
  • Wear a warm jacket

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 however Ruakuri Cave is wheelchair friendly.


  • Will the tour go if it is raining?

    The Glowworm cave will only be effected if we have a heavy amount of rain over a long period of time.

  • How many people can go on each boat tour?

    There are 23 people or under on each boat tour.

  • How long is the tour?

    Allow 45 minutes

  • Are kids free?

    Under 4 year olds go free, but they must be booked to secure a place on the 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 is the check-in time and location?

    Waitomo Glowworm Cave tours depart from the Waitomo Glowworm Caves Visitor Centre, located at 39 Waitomo Village Rd. Check in 30 minutes prior to tour departure.

  • 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 does a family pass consist of?

    Two adults and two children.

  • 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 shoes and a warm jacket.