Waitomo Caves is a caves system and small village in the Waikato region of the North Island. The nearest large town, Hamilton, is one hour's drive away (78km) and Auckland, two hours away (200km) and Rotorua, two hours away (156km). The Waitomo Caves can be found 8km along Waitomo Caves Road, off State Highway 3.
Waitomo Caves village itself is very small, but the caves have formed a major tourist attraction and are well-known for their population of glowworms, Arachnocampa luminosa found exclusively in New Zealand. Visitors to the caves can visit easy-to-access caves, raft or crawl through caves depending on their interests and abilities. A popular guided activity is 'blackwater rafting' in which visitors float through the caves in huge tubes viewing glowworms and cave decorations as they go. more
There are around 300 known limestone caves beneath the hills of the Waitomo region, but the main caves visited by tourists are the Waitomo Glowworm Cave, Ruakuri Cave, Aranui Cave and Gardner's Gut. These caves are home to some beautiful cave decorations, stalactites, stalagmites and helicti.
Accommodation in Waitomo Caves is varied including farmstays, bed and breakfasts, backpackers, hotel and motor lodges.
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Mobile-friendly - Auckland & Beyond Tours invites you to explore New Zealand and discover it's hidden gems by joining our Luxury tours. Whether you would like a day trip or a Multi-day luxury private tour. We create lifetime memories, we take care of the planning for you so you can relax and enjoy the journey through the magical nature of NZ.
Mobile-friendly - The Best of Blackwater Rafting at Waitomo Caves. With our professional guides in support, discover these awesome caves complete with stalactities; stalagmites and of course zillions of magical glowworms. All equipment is provided including quality wetsuits and no prior experience required. Trips depart daily from the Waitomo Adventure Centre which also boasts an awesome Café and Dayspa.
Mobile-friendly - Bush and Beach help you make the most of your time in Auckland, offering enjoyable and innovative small group guided tours in and around Auckland. We can help you find out about Auckland city or explore stunning rainforests and beaches of Auckland’s West coast. From Auckland we have daily tours to Hobbiton movie set, Waitomo caves or beautiful Coromandel.
Mobile-friendly - Aotearoa - land of the long white cloud, City of sails, The SouthernAlps are some of the names that NewZealand is known by. From Cape Reinga in the North to the rugged Snowcapped Mountains of Queenstown, the sights and sounds are a visual feast. The plethora of sea-creatures that show up to greet and play with guests is just unbelievable.
Mobile-friendly - Our small group tours throughout New Zealand offer a more flexible and fun experience to ensure our guides show you more amazing sites in between our top destinations. Our day trips from both Auckland & Queenstown take you to the most popular sites in Aotearoa including Hobbiton, Waitomo Glowworm Caves, Rotorua, Milford Sound & Wanaka just to name a few.
Small group and personalised tour specialists based in Tauranga. Tour options include exploring the fascinating geothermal wonderlands of Waiotapu and Waimangu near Rotorua, the film set Hobbiton, Waitomo Caves (Waitomo Caves / Hobbiton Movie Set Combo) Coromandel peninsula. Air conditioned, comfortable and roomy vehicles for your day tour.
Special tours & day trips to experience both coasts of Auckland (and what lies between!). As local operators we are able to share what it's really like to live in Auckland, "our" city, which is affectionately known as; "The City of Sails".
Mobile-friendly - Custom Day Tours NZ organise day tours and shore excursions from Auckland and the Bay of Plenty to Rotorua Geothermal Highlights, Hobbiton, Waitomo Caves, Taupo and Auckland area. We are your specialist team for customized tours from Ports of Tauranga and Auckland. We personally collect you from your Cruise Ship or Hotel in our luxury air-conditioned, specialized touring vehicle.
Mobile-friendly - Take a 3 hour eco caving adventure through stunning native bush, magical glow worm caves and limestone formations in their purest form. Glowing Adventures is "off the beaten track", away from the tourist crowds. Small group, private or photography tours through the incredible cave system on a family farm. Trip Advisor's #1 activity in Waitomo.
Mobile-friendly - We are the closest motel to the world-famous glow worm caves. Warm, affordable motel accommodation in a picturesque location. Range of fully self-contained ground-floor units with modern facilities. Friendly hosts keen to assist you in enjoying this world-acclaimed area. Close to many recreational activities and venues.
GreatSights New Zealand operates the most comprehensive range of premium day sightseeing tours in New Zealand. Our nationwide network provides luxury sightseeing tours to destinations throughout New Zealand including the Bay of Islands, Waitomo Caves, Rotorua, Christchurch, Mount Cook, Queenstown and Milford Sound.
Mobile-friendly - MIDDLE EARTH AT IT'S BEST! Join personally guided tours through our farm which featured extensively in Peter Jackson's "THE HOBBIT". Have your camera ready as we wander through ancient native forest, under massive limestone cliffs and among unusual rock formations. Be entertained with our stories about filming and farming and see why we consistently receive Trip Advisor ‘Certificates of Excellence’.
Mobile-friendly - Kiko boutique guided tours offer an authentic bicultural experience for visitors who prefer travelling in smaller groups. Our tours showcase special landscapes close to Auckland City. Connect with Māori culture, enjoy warm hospitality, learn about local histories, and take part in activities unique to the places you visit. A knowledgeable guide will offer you a truly memorable visit.
Mobile-friendly - Kiwi Experience is New Zealand's leading hop-on hop-off bus-tour company, providing tours tailored to your appetite for adventure and budget. Their local guides know the country/culture better than anyone else and have hosted over 500,000 passengers in their 30 years. They've the best price on activities & guaranteed accommodation, leaving you guys to focus on the memory-making & unrivalled experiences.
Nature & Nosh Tours pair two of the best things in life for active travellers: Hiking and food! Our fully-inclusive, guided hiking tours match scenic and diverse day walks, with New Zealand food and wine tasting. We offer unique tours from 1-7 days, plus private and custom options. Small groups, local guides, carry small daypacks only and boutique lodge accommodation.
Mobile-friendly - At New Zealand Self Drive Tours we can custom design your perfect New Zealand holiday package. With over 200 different tour suggestions, every one of our self drive itineraries are 100% customisable, allowing you to incorporate any of our excellent range of activities and accommodations. Chat with our New Zealand travel experts to begin crafting your dream New Zealand holiday!
New Zealand guided walking adventures. We are a specialist adventure tour company with decades of experience running small-group tours with the best Kiwi guides. Enjoy hikes on the Milford, Routeburn and Hollyford Tracks plus Mt Cook and Arthurs Pass. See more on our website.
Mobile-friendly - New heated swimming pool now available during summer. A vast range of accommodation options for all budgets. Camping sites, cabins, studio and 1-bedroom self-contained units and 2-bedroom motel units. Pet friendly. Enjoy a leisurely stroll to town facilities, through the neighbouring lake reserve with native trees and shrubs. See our native birds, explore the glowworms and adventure caving at Waitomo.
Podium Lodge is a modern, 86 bed facility offering a unique experience in a vibrant yet peaceful setting that inspires excellence. Designed to support athletes with their training or performance ambitions, we welcome anyone looking for a quiet yet vibrant and inspiring getaway. Cambridge's location provides a perfect launching pad to explore further afield - Rotorua, Hobbiton, Raglan, Taupo.
Mobile-friendly - Kia Ora, Gidday, Bonjour, Ni hao, Ahoy - Hello from Tauranga Rent a Dent!! Are you arriving in the beautiful Mount Maunganui on a cruise ship this season? If so let us provide you with a great vehicle to travel around and either see the local sights of our beautiful area or travel away and check out Rotorua.
Mobile-friendly - Locally owned & operated in Raglan we offer knowledgeable & scenic tours of Raglan, New Zealand. Direct shuttle services connecting Raglan with Hamilton and Auckland airports, bus & train stations, cruise ship terminals and popular tourist attractions including Waitomo Caves, Hobbiton and Rotorua. We also offer private hire taxi services and group transport with our vans and bus.
Mobile-friendly - Lord of the Rings™ Tours. We'll take you on 6, 10 or 14 day journey through Middle Earth™. Make your dreams a reality, walk in the footsteps of your favourite character with our Lord of the Rings™ Tour. Visit best Lord of the Rings™/Hobbit™ film-sites with like-minded fans, become part of a fellowship. 5-star winners on Trip-Advisor yearly since 2012.
Mobile-friendly - Private cruise ship and personal tours from Rotorua / Tauranga / Port of Tauranga / Mount Maunganui. Destinations include Rotorua / Coromandel / Napier / Taupo / National Park / Hobbiton / Waitomo. Small group custom tours. We have beautiful places for you to see and great adventure to be had. Design your own tour to see more for less.
Mobile-friendly - Royale Coachlines have specially designed day Cruise Ship Tours to cater for passengers visiting the Port of Tauranga. The tours show off the best of the area and guarantee to return to your ship well before departure time. Royale Coachlines also provides a quality bus service and coach charter service for tours in Tauranga and to anywhere in New Zealand.
Ruakuri Cave offers a captivating blend of Waitomo's most compelling subterranean experiences. Journey down through the spectacular spiral entrance, and marvel at the softly folding shawl-like limestone formations and crystal tapestries. Hear the distant thunder of the subterranean waterfalls and get up close to the glowworms. Ruakuri Cave is New Zealand's longest guided underground walking tour.
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From: 8:00pm on Saturday 21st September 2019
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Address: 100 Woodlands Rd, Gordonton, Hamilton, Waikato
From: 3:00pm on Wednesday 18th September 2019
To: 4:00pm on Saturday 21st September 2019
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Address: 9 Bow St, Raglan, Waikato
From: 9:00pm on Saturday 21st September 2019
To: 11:50pm on Saturday 21st September 2019
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Address: Tui Avenue, Hamilton, Waikato
From: 5:00pm on Saturday 21st September 2019
To: 9:00pm on Saturday 21st September 2019
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Address: 1 Victoria Street, Hamilton, Waikato
From: 8:00pm on Friday 20th September 2019
To: 9:00pm on Saturday 21st September 2019
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Address: 17 Mossop Road, Tokoroa, South Waikato
From: 8:30am on Saturday 21st September 2019
To: 11:00pm on Saturday 21st September 2019
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Where: Taupo Lakefront, Taupo, Lake Taupo
Address: Lake Terrace, Taupo, Lake Taupo
From: 6:00pm on Saturday 21st September 2019
To: 8:00pm on Saturday 21st September 2019
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Where: Discovery Christian Centre, Hamilton, Waikato
Address: Cnrr of Peachgrove Road and Insoll Avenue, Hamilton, Waikato
From: 4:30pm on Saturday 21st September 2019
To: 6:00pm on Saturday 21st September 2019