The glowworm studded Waitomo caves are a bucket list experience for all kiwis. With three caves to choose from, there is something for everyone. Each cave is uniquely magical and comes with its own history and culture.
1. The Glowworm Caves are the most famous of the Waitomo caves, having been a tourist attraction for over 130 years. Wonder through the cave and marvel at its tallest chamber, the Cathedral, before embarking on a boat ride through the glow worm grotto. On the boat ride, you’ll sit in silence (glow worms don’t like noise) and be able to take in the magical creatures lighting up the cave above.
2. Ruakuri Cave is the largest cave in the Waitomo area and was discovered between 400 and 500 years ago. Enter this wheelchair accessible cave through a spectacular man-made spiral entrance, which opens up onto an extensive system of limestone formations and crystal tapestries. Learn about the rock formations and see glow worms up close and personal.
3. And finally, we have Aranui Cave. Although Aranui isn’t home to any glow worms, due to the absence of any water, it is home to some of the most spectacular pale brown, pink and white stalactites and stalagmites the Waitomo region has to offer. Everywhere you look in Aranui is adorned with fragile, sparkling formations, which create an enchanted and intimate experience.
Adult: from $27.50
Child: from $12.50 (4-14 years)
Family: from $68 (2 adults & 2 children)
Price is valid from 25 May 2020 to 31 October 2020. Simply present your maui Motorhomes keys at the ticket booking office in Waitomo to receive a 50% discount off your entry, no need to book.
Add Waitomo to your itinerary
Located only 2 hours 15 mins south of Auckland central in the heart of the Waikato, Waitomo is an ideal overnight stop on your campervan road trip throughout the North Island (we recommend the Top 10 Holiday park). Take some inspiration from our Auckland to New Plymouth route, build it in as well as visiting the wonders of Rotorua or as part of your Coromandel trip with a stop off at Hobbiton too.