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  • Waitomo Glowworm Caves 45-Minute Guided Tour

    1. Waitomo Glowworm Caves 45-Minute Guided Tour

    Embark on a unique subterranean adventure on this 45-minute guided tour of the world-famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves. The caves were formed over 30 million years ago and comprise 2 levels. The upper level is dry and includes the entrance to the cave and formations known as the Catacombs, the Pipe Organ and the Banquet Chamber. On the lower level are stream passages and the Cathedral. Begin on foot as your local guide brings the caves to life with stories about their history. Then, board a boat and marvel at the light display as you glide silently through the starry wonderland of the Glowworm Grotto.

    It's has be 40 year's since I was there awesome so quite and the light from the glow worm was amazing. Thanks

  • Ruakuri Cave 1.25-Hour Guided Tour

    2. Ruakuri Cave 1.25-Hour Guided Tour

    Explore Ruakuri Cave, New Zealand’s longest guided underground walking tour. Ruakuri Cave offers a captivating blend of Waitomo's most compelling subterranean experiences. Ruakuri Cave has displays of glowworms and is filled with beautiful stalactites and stalagmites formed over millions of years. 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. Major features include Holdens Cavern, named after James Holden who first opened the cave to the public, The Drum Passage, The Pretties, and The Ghost Passage. Your knowledgeable guide will bring the history, features and legends of the cave to life with their storytelling.  Many of the guides are local people whose parents and grandparents have guided in the cav...

    Very good. We were in a small group which made easy to hear the guide talk about the caves

  • Waitomo Caves Black Labyrinth Black Water Rafting Experience

    3. Waitomo Caves Black Labyrinth Black Water Rafting Experience

    Take on the original Waitomo subterranean adventure that will have you climbing, black water tubing, leaping and floating through Ruakuri Cave. Explore the cave system deep underground on an unreal subterranean journey that’ll have you begging for more! Check-in for your black water adventure in Waitomo. Your expert guide will ensure you are properly equipped and offer some technical instruction before you descend into the underground network at Waitomo Caves. Over three hours, take leaps of faith over cascading waterfalls and weave, jump and climb through a glowworm-studded wonderland. Prepare to be awed by the magnificent caves with stalactites and stalagmites that decorate the cavern walls as you traverse through the black water.  After you’ve jumped off a few waterfalls and pushed yourself to the limits, float serenely down the underground river. Enjoy the glow worm show on the vau...

    Awesome tour, guides were excellent and made it fun and exciting,definitely love to do 5hr tour next time

  • From Auckland: Hobbiton & Waitomo Caves Day Trip with Lunch

    4. From Auckland: Hobbiton & Waitomo Caves Day Trip with Lunch

    Join this tour to visit two of New Zealand's most iconic and famous attractions, the Hobbiton Movie Set and the Waitomo Glowworm Caves, in one easy small-group day trip from Auckland. After pickup from your central Auckland hotel, travel south over the Bombay Hills for panoramic views of the Waikato Region and the scenic Hauraki Plains. Arrive at The Shire's Rest in Matamata, the home of the Hobbiton Movie Set. Your guide will help you skip the crowds so you can explore the Movie Set on an official 2-hour tour. Be escorted through the 10-acre site and learn fascinating details of how the Hobbiton Movie Set was created. See Hobbit Holes, The Green Dragon Inn, and The Mill. Savor a complimentary specially-brewed beverage at The Green Dragon Inn.  Afterwards, travel to the mesmerizing Waitomo Glowworm Caves, where you'll enjoy a Kiwi-style lunch at The Homestead in Waitomo. On the way, sh...

    Amazing trio - great, knowledgeable and friendly guide, and two sites absolutely worth seeing! Would highly recommend.

  • Auckland: Hobbiton Movie Set and Waitomo Small Group Tour

    5. Auckland: Hobbiton Movie Set and Waitomo Small Group Tour

    The tour starts with pickup from Auckland city, where the adventure begins as you drive through the stunning Waikato countryside, the most extensive farming area in the world, on a fully guided journey to Hobbiton. Along the way, don’t forget to take advantage of the photo opportunities as you admire the stunning natural landscapes all around of beautiful mountains and farmlands. After the drive, arrive at Alexander Family Sheep Farm and Shire's Rest, the entrance to Hobbiton, and marvel at the thousands of sheep that live here. While you’re here, grab a bite to eat, a coffee, or enjoy an ice cream to cool off while your guide collects your tickets to the movie set. Next, hop on board one of the big green Hobbiton buses to depart on your two hour fully guided tour of this amazing 12-acre movie set with a professional Hobbiton guide to ensure you get the most out of your visit. During y...

    I went with my mum & partner to Hobbiton & Waitomo. We had Michael for our tour & he was so generous & full of knowledge about everything & anything. Also such a great conversationalist . Highly recommend, would love to be on another tour with him. Thank you for a great day out!

  • Waitomo Caves Black Abyss Ultimate Caving Experience

    6. Waitomo Caves Black Abyss Ultimate Caving Experience

    The Black Abyss is the ultimate Waitomo adventure and is the caving tour of choice for natural born adrenaline junkies everywhere. Expert guides will help you descend into the black, seemingly bottomless depths of Ruakuri Cave, zipline through a gallery of illuminating glowworms, and climb underground waterfalls. Check-in for your black water adventure in Waitomo. Your guide will ensure you are properly equipped and offer some technical instruction before you descend into the underground network at Waitomo Caves. After abseiling training and practice with your guide, abseil 35-meters into the seemingly bottomless black depths of the glowworm-studded Ruakuri Cave. Your descent continues deeper with a flying fox zipline through a gallery of illuminating glowworms.  Prepare to be awed by the magnificent caves with stalactites and stalagmites that decorate the cavern walls as you traverse t...

    it was amazing, I'd reccomend it to everyone wanting a great craving experience.

  • From Auckland or Rotorua: Hobbiton and Cave Rafting Day Trip

    7. From Auckland or Rotorua: Hobbiton and Cave Rafting Day Trip

    Get picked up from your accommodation or an agreed-upon meeting point in Auckland or Rotorua and set off for Hobbiton. Upon arrival, you'll have some time to get something to eat or explore the Shires Rest souvenir shop before joining a two-hour walking tour of the Hobbiton Movie Set, which includes a complimentary drink at the Green Dragon Inn.  Transfer to the movie set on one of the tour operator's buses and hear about how this set was used for all filming of both "The Lord of the Rings" and the "The Hobbit" movies. After the tour, take 15 minutes to relax in the Green Dragon Inn before traveling to Waitomo Caves. Between the two stops, you'll have time to enjoy your picnic lunch. At Waitomo Caves, join a group of up to 12 people on the Black Labyrinth tour, which includes cave tubing and caving in the river that runs through the bottom of the Ruakuri Cave. After arriving at the cav...

    Hobbiton was much larger than expected and the tour did not disappoint! Tubing through the gloworms at Waitomo was a great way to see them. The cave river is definitely cold but worth it. Nothing too scary or difficult! The pick up in Royorua and drop off in Auckland was perfect for us! Anne our driver was very knowledgeable about the area even with the detours for roadworks.

  • From Auckland: Hobbiton, Rotorua & Waitomo Caves Day Trip

    8. From Auckland: Hobbiton, Rotorua & Waitomo Caves Day Trip

    Visit the Hobbiton Movie Set, Te Puia Maori Arts & Crafts Institute, and Waitomo Caves in one day on a fully-guided tour from Auckland. See three of North Island’s iconic sites in one attraction-filled day. Be ready and waiting at your hotel in time for your specified pickup time. Travel from Auckland to Hobbiton through Waikato. On arrival, you’ll be guided through the picturesque twelve-acre site and given fascinating details of how the movie set was created. The official tour concludes with a complimentary drink at the Green Dragon Inn. Climb back into the vehicle for the approximately 55-minute drive to Rotorua where you will spend around 1.5-hours.  Arrive at Te Puia Maori Arts & Crafts Institute where you’ll have lunch. Te Puia is home to the Pohutu geyser, mud pools, hot springs, silica formations, the Kiwi bird, and the national schools of wood carving, weaving, stone and bone ...

    The driver cum guide , Ron, was punctual to pick up at my hotel. Had an enjoyable tour with clear explanation

  • New Zealand: Wellington to Auckland 3-Day Tour via Rotorua

    9. New Zealand: Wellington to Auckland 3-Day Tour via Rotorua

    Day one of the tour begins with pickup from your hotel in Wellington and then heads across the north island towards Rotorua. Travel along the breathtaking Kapiti Coast, through the city of Palmerston North, and alongside the Central Plateau, home to several active volcanoes. The drive also takes you past the stunning Lake Taupo before arriving in Rotorua in the late afternoon. Get checked into your accommodation, the Millennium Hotel, and then spend the rest of the day exploring at your leisure. Wake up on the second day ready for an adventure in the geothermal wonderland of Rotorua. Following a morning of city sightseeing, head over to Te Puia and experience Rotorua's famous Maori culture. Then learn about the region’s unique geothermal activity with a tour of the neighboring Whakarewarewa Thermal Valley, where mud pools bubble and boil and geysers shoot steam high into the air. Next,...

  • From Auckland: Two-Day Rotorua, Hobbiton, Waitomo Caves Tour

    10. From Auckland: Two-Day Rotorua, Hobbiton, Waitomo Caves Tour

    Enjoy this overnight all-inclusive tour from Auckland and experience the Central North Island's most iconic attractions at a leisurely pace.  Take guided tours of Hobbiton and Waitomo Caves. Discover the Waiotapu Thermal Wonderland and the thermal areas and geysers of Te Puia. Experience a Maori cultural evening with a meal and concert.  At the end of the two days, you will return to your hotel in Auckland or a different location in the central area, if specified. Most of the transport is supplied in Mercedes minibuses with luxury seating. Your driver guide will take the time to make sure you enjoy your time on the tour. The largest vehicle seats 15 passengers, but on most occasions your group will be 12 people or less.

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4.7 / 5

based on 1,839 reviews

Venue was easy to find and staff were friendly, we did the Ruakuri tour and it was amazing. Touring with a small group makes a huge difference as there isn’t a-lot of room to move at times. Loved the long spiral walk down to the caves, there is limited lighting within the cave and path ways but that made the tour more exciting, make sure you have a good camera as you can not use your camera flash, and trust me you’ll take pics I definitely would recommend this tour to people of all ages and abilities

An experience in a class of its own! The team is super well-rehearsed. I had no safety concerns at any time. It's just fun to explore the cave with them.

It's has be 40 year's since I was there awesome so quite and the light from the glow worm was amazing. Thanks

The tour was executed in a really professional manner and I was impressed with how informative it was!

Very good. We were in a small group which made easy to hear the guide talk about the caves