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    Waitomo Glowworm Caves Guided Tour with Optional Ruakuri Cave Tour

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    NZ$75
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    • Join a 45-minute slow-paced guided tour spanning over 250 meters through Waitomo Glowworm Caves' 2 beautifully sculpted underground levels.
    • Witness the luminous glowworms light up the Glowworm Grotto like a celestial galaxy, a species unique to New Zealand.
    • Take a boat ride through the lower-level streams, encountering glowworms and the towering Cathedral chamber, known for its acoustics.
    • Stroll through the upper level and admire the natural formations that adorn the cave walls, ceilings, and floors, dating back 30 million years.
    • Listen to the age-old tales about the cave from the descendants of the Maori chief who originally explored the cave.
    • Want to go beyond the surface into New Zealand’s longest underground cave system? Opt for a 1.5-hour tour of Ruakuri Cave.

    Inclusions

    • Maori descendant expert tour guide
    • Small group tour
    • 45-minute tour of Waitomo Glowworm Caves (optional)
    • Boat ride along Waitomo River (optional)
    • Guided walk inside Waitomo Grotto (optional)
    • Extended 1.5-hour guided walking tour of Ruakuri Cave (optional)
    • Exclusive access to deeper and untouched areas of the cave (optional)
    • Access to Holdens Cavern, the Drum Passage, the Pretties & the Ghost Passage (optional)
    • Up close views of glowworms, stalagmites & stalactites (optional)
    • Entry & exit through the grand spiral staircase (optional)

    Note: The inclusions may vary depending on the package you select during the next step of your booking.

    • Tip: The Visitor Centre only accepts contactless payments. Please use a credit card, Apple Pay, etc. for purchases at the shop and cafe.
    • It's recommended to wear a warm jacket along with comfortable shoes.
    • Ruakuri Caves are accessible for wheelchair users, in contrast to the Waitomo Glowworm Caves which are accessible to those with reasonable mobility.
    • Photography is permitted in designated areas of the Ruakuri Caves. However, in the Waitomo Glowworm Caves, photography is strictly prohibited.
    • You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.
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    From Auckland: Waitomo Glowworm Caves Guided Tour

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    NZ$249
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    7 hr. - 12 hr.
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    • Explore the magical Waitomo Caves on a full-day tour. Opt for a Te Puia upgrade to explore Rotorua's geothermal wonders.
    • From Auckland, go on a drive south through the Waikato countryside exploring its beauty with scenic photo stops. Shop for souvenirs at Waitomo's gift shop.
    • Visit the glowing caves and geothermal sights with a knowledgeable guide. Discover ancient tales and the intriguing geology of these unique locations.
    • Follow your guide into the Waitomo Caves, famous for their stunning stalactites, stalagmites, and limestone columns.
    • Venture deeper underground for a boat ride through the dark caves. Marvel at the natural light show created by thousands of glowworms inside.
    • With the Te Puia upgrade, see Pohutu Geyser erupt, explore boiling mud pools, visit a Māori village, and observe artisans at the Carving and Weaving Institute.

    Inclusions

    • Round-trip hotel transfers from Auckland
    • Expert guide
    • Small group tour
    • Complimentary snacks & water
    • 45-minute guided tour of Waitomo Glowworm Caves:
    • Boat ride along Waitomo River
    • Guided walk inside Waitomo Grotto
    • Transfers to Rotorua (based on option selected)
    • 1.5-hour guided tour of Te Puia Geothermal Valley (based on option selected)
    • Hotel pickup from Auckland
    • Arrive at Waitomo Glowworm Caves
    • Guided walk inside Waitomo Grotto
    • Boat ride along Waitomo River
    • Drive to Rotorua (if opted for)
    • Guided tour of Te Puia Geothermal Valley (if opted for)
    • Visit National Carving and Weaving Institute (if opted for)
    • Visit Maori village (if opted for)
    • Hotel drop-off in Auckland
    • Photography is not allowed at Waitomo Glowworm Caves.
    • This tour is accessible to those with reasonable mobility.
    • The experience is not accessible for wheelchair users.
    • Infants aged 0 to 2 can travel for free if they do not occupy a seat.
    • You can cancel these tickets up to 48 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.
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    Guided Black Water Rafting in Waitomo

    NZ$179
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    3 hr.
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    • Join a 3-hour rafting adventure exploring the underground river system. See the glowworms light up the limestone caves as you sail in the dark.
    • Get fitted with the necessary gears and learn the basics of caving from an expert guide before heading in.
    • Witness the glowworms light up the caves, jump off waterfalls, and make your way around the underground formations.
    • Let your guide acquaint you with the geology of the limestone caves, the lifecycle of the glowworms, and the ancient traditions of the Maori people.
    • Refresh yourself with some complimentary snacks and drinks and get some amazing photos clicked that you can buy later.

    Inclusions

    • 3-hour underground black water rafting
    • Expert guide
    • Safety equipment (footwear, tubes, wetsuits, helmets, abseiling devices)
    • Snack
    • Small group of up to 12 guests

    Exclusions

    • Photos
    • Arrive at Waitomo Caves
    • Safety briefing
    • Tubing & black water rafting
    • Return to Waitomo Homestead
    • All participants on this tour must weigh at least 45 kg.
    • Guests aged 12 and under are restricted from participating in this experience.
    • The experience is not accessible for wheelchair users, pram/stroller users, people with mobility issues, people with back and neck problems, and guests who don't have a moderate fitness level or are too small.
    • Prior caving or swimming experience is not required as you will have tubes and will be accompanied by expert guides.
    • Bring along your towel and swimwear.
    • The water temperature is approximately 10 degrees Celsius.
    • Note that the following are not allowed on this tour: camera equipment, tripod, selfie sticks, and GoPros.
    • Facilities: Lockers, changing rooms, and hot showers.
    • You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.
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    From Auckland: Waitomo Caves, Rotorua & Te Puia Guided Tour

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    NZ$395
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    11 hr.
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    • Join a full-day tour from Auckland to Waitomo's glowing caves and Rotorua's geothermal sites. Get hotel transfers from central locations in Auckland.
    • Discover intriguing geology and rich cultural stories from your guide as you explore each destination.
    • Explore the massive Waitomo Caves on foot with your guide, including a chance to visit Cathedral Cave.
    • Hop on a flat bottom boat to step into a magical underground world, lit by thousands of glowworms, mimicking a star-filled sky.
    • Head to Te Puia Geothermal Valley, home to the world-famous Pohutu Geyser, boiling mud pools, and steaming vents.
    • See Maori artisans at work in the National Carving and Weaving Institute. Then visit a traditional village to experience the Maori culture.

    Inclusions

    • Round-trip hotel transfers from Auckland on a luxurious vehicle
    • Expert guide
    • Small group tour
    • Complementary water & snacks
    • 45-minute guided tour of Waitomo Glowworm Caves:
    • Boat ride along Waitomo River
    • Guided walk inside Waitomo Grotto
    • Transfers to Rotorua
    • 1.5-hour guided tour of Te Puia Geothermal Valley
    • Kiwi bird-watching
    • Visit following locations in Rotorua:
    • Pohutu Geysers & boiling mud pools
    • Prehistoric Maori village
    • National Carving & Weaving Institute
    • Hotel pickup from Auckland
    • Arrive at Waitomo Glowworm Caves
    • Guided walk inside Waitomo Grotto
    • Boat ride along Waitomo River
    • Drive to Rotorua
    • Guided tour of Te Puia Geothermal Valley
    • Visit National Carving and Weaving Institute
    • Visit Maori village
    • Hotel drop-off in Auckland
    • Photography is not allowed at Waitomo Glowworm Caves.
    • This tour is accessible to those with reasonable mobility.
    • The experience is not accessible for wheelchair users.
    • Infants aged 0 to 2 can travel for free if they do not occupy a seat.
    • You can cancel these tickets up to 48 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.
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    From Auckland: Hobbiton Movie Set & Waitomo Caves Guided Tour

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    NZ$410
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    You can cancel these tickets up to 72 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.

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    11 hr. 30 min. - 12 hr.
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    • Experience the magic of Middle Earth and the glowworms of Waitomo in a day on this combo tour of 2 of New Zealand's iconic attractions.
    • Get round-trip transfers from Auckland and enjoy guided tours of Hobbiton and Waitomo, focusing on the scenery, not the map!
    • Explore the Hobbiton Movie set. See the Hobbit Holes, The Mill, and The Double Arched Bridge. Sip a drink at the famous pub from the movie.
    • Witness Waitomo Caves' ancient limestone cave formations. Cruise along the Waitomo River and watch the glowworms light up the cave.
    • Choose a private or a small group tour. Get more privacy and flexibility with a private tour, or join like-minded travelers on the small group tour.

    Inclusions

    • Round-trip hotel transfers from Auckland
    • Expert tour guide
    • 2-hour guided tour of Hobbiton Movie Set
    • 45-minute guided tour of Waitomo Glowworm Caves:
    • Boat ride along Waitomo River
    • Guided walk inside Waitomo Grotto
    • Complimentary crafted beverage at The Green Dragon Inn
    • Complimentary snacks & water

    Exclusions

    • Personal expenses
    • Hotel pickup
    • Arrive at Hobbiton Movie Set
    • Explore Hobbit Holes, The Mill, and The Double Arched Bridge
    • Stop for a drink at The Green Dragon Inn
    • Drive to Waitomo Glowworm Caves
    • Guided walk inside Waitomo Grotto
    • Boat ride along Waitomo River
    • Depart from Waitomo Caves
    • Hotel drop-off
    • Photography is not allowed at Waitomo Glowworm Caves.
    • This tour is accessible to those with reasonable mobility.
    • The experience is not accessible for wheelchair users.
    • Infants can travel for free if they do not occupy a seat.
    • You can cancel these tickets up to 72 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.
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    Ruakuri Cave Guided Tour

    NZ$107
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    • Explore the magical Ruakari Cave on the longest guided underground walking tour in Waitomo Caves.
    • Witness the cave walls lit up by thousands of bio-luminescent worms on a dreamy 1.5-hour walk.
    • Take jaw-dropping pictures as you learn about the glowworms from your expert tour guide.
    • Admire the limestone structures and crystals that decorate the cave, from the spiral entrance to the hidden chambers.
    • Listen to the musical burbles of distant waterfalls that add to this extraordinary experience.

    Inclusions

    • 1.5-hour guided walking tour in Ruakuri Cave
    • Expert guide
    • Access to Holdens Cavern, the Drum Passage, the Pretties & the Ghost Passage
    • Photography and video are permitted in selected areas of the cave.
    • It's recommended to wear a warm jacket along with comfortable shoes as this experience involves a fair amount of walking.
    • This experience is wheelchair accessible and has pram/stroller accessibility.
    • Wheelchair/stroller width must not exceed 65cm.
    • You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.
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    Aranui Cave Guided Tour

    NZ$75
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    • Explore the smallest and most delicate of Waitomo's caves – the Aranui Cave on a 1-hour walking tour.
    • With the help of a guide, experience the beautiful scenic beauty inside of caves and learn more about the native culture.
    • Take a scenic stroll through the Ruakuri Scenic Reserve leading to the hidden entrance of Aranui Cave.
    • Witness the native cave wetas, a unique sight in this dark, dry haven. The cave houses little life beyond its entrance with no water flowing through it.
    • Get a glimpse of the long, narrow chambers of the Waitomo cave and Aranui's high chambers, adorned with white, pink, and brown stalactites.

    Inclusions

    • 1-hour guided walking tour in Aranui Cave
    • Expert guide
    • Access to Ruakuri Scenic Reserve
    • Photography and video are permitted inside the cave.
    • It's recommended to wear a warm jacket along with comfortable shoes as this experience involves a fair amount of walking.
    • This tour is accessible to those with reasonable mobility.
    • The experience is not accessible for wheelchair users.
    • You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.
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    Waitomo’s Black Abyss Guided Tour with Black Water Rafting & Zip Lining

    NZ$299
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    • Experience the ultimate cave adventure in New Zealand's Waitomo Caves with the Black Water rafting and ziplining tour.
    • On this adrenaline-packed cave tour, enjoy a mix of abseiling, flying fox activities, climbing, and floating through an other-worldly cave system.
    • Learn from expert guides how to use abseiling and tubing equipment and skills in the cave. Enjoy a delicious snack in the cave.
    • Descend 35 meters into the depths of the Ruakuri Cave and zip-line through a passage illuminated by glow worms.
    • Marvel at the glow worms that light up the ceiling as you float on a tube through the subterranean river.
    • Challenge yourself by climbing over rocks and up waterfalls, and witness the breathtaking beauty of the cave formations.

    Inclusions

    • 5-hour underground cave adventure (training, abseiling, zip lining, rafting, rock climbing)
    • Expert guide
    • Safety equipment (footwear, tubes, wetsuits, helmets, abseiling devices)
    • Snack
    • Complimentary photos
    • Small group of up to 8 guests

    Exclusions

    • Towels (available at extra cost)
    • Any other meals and drinks
    • Gratuities
    • Arrive at Waitomo Caves
    • Safety briefing
    • Abseil 35 meters into the Ruakuri Cave
    • Zipline
    • Snack break
    • Tubing & black water rafting
    • Return to Waitomo Homestead
    • All participants on this tour must weigh at least 45 kg.
    • Guests aged 16 and under are restricted from participating in this experience.
    • The experience is not accessible for wheelchair users, pram/stroller users, people with mobility issues, people with back and neck problems, and guests who don't have a moderate fitness level or are too small.
    • Prior caving or swimming experience is not required as you will have tubes and will be accompanied by expert guides.
    • Note that the following are not allowed on this tour: camera equipment, tripod, selfie sticks, and GoPros.
    • Facilities: Lockers, changing rooms, and hot showers.
    • Bring along your towel and swimwear.
    • The water temperature is approximately 10 degrees Celsius.
    • You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.
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    Waitomo Caves Zipline Park Tickets

    NZ$125
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    • Zipline over Waitomo Caves' native forests and limestone cliffs. Enjoy 2 hours of non-stop adventure in the park.
    • Enjoy the scenic views of the area as you glide through the air on 10 ziplines in a 1km circuit.
    • Learn how to control the zipline gear with the help of professional guides.
    • Build your confidence on the lower and slower ziplines before making your way to the longest and fastest one.
    • Master the technique and zip down the longest zipline, which is 280 meters long and reaches speeds up to 80km/hr.

    Inclusions

    • Access to 10 zip lines in a 1km circuit
    • 2-hour access to Waitomo Caves Zipline Park
    • Expert guide
    • Safety equipment & briefing
    • The zipline has a maximum weight limit of 120 kilograms.
    • For families with children, the minimum age requirement is 8 years old, and younger children will need active assistance from an adult.
    • Groups with participants under the age of 18 must have at least 1 adult participating in the adventure.
    • You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.
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