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Waitomo Glowworm Caves Small Group Tour from Auckland

On this tour you will be picked up from the hotel in our modern comfortable minibuses and driven through the stunning Waikato countryside on a fully guided journey to the world famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves.

During the journey to Waitomo you will encounter New Zealand's longest river, beautiful mountains and many different farm animals along the way. 

Once in Waitomo you can choose between several of the Waitomo caves or upgrade to Black Water Rafting for a real adventure rush.

During your choosen cave tour you will explore the ancient and amazing caves seeing many different cave formations including Stalactites, Stalagmites and lime Columns before encountering thousands of the famous Waitomo Glowworms which are unique for New Zealand for over 125 years . Waitomo Glowworm caves are a must see for any traveller.

For those of you that choose the short tour at Waitomo you will have free time after your tour to explore the area and maybe even do one of the walks to add to your experience.

After your Waitomo Caves tour you will also have the option to have lunch in the town or join us at Roselands for a delicious and highly recommended Kiwi BBQ buffet lunch.

After lunch our friendly guides will return you to Auckland pointing out more interesting sights along the way.     


Cave Options (Please select your cave option during the booking process)




World-renowned and a magnet for both local and overseas visitors, the Waitomo Glowworm Caves occupy a high placing in the New Zealand vacation wish-list. This tour is a 45 min tour including the famous Glowworm Grotto Boat Ride. On the glowworm grotto boat ride you will marvel at Mother Nature's light display as you glide silently through the starry wonderland of the Glowworm Grotto.


RUAKURI CAVE (Recommended) - Summer only, or private tour in winter   


If travelling all the way to Waitomo we recommend upgrading to Ruakuri Cave. The 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

Ruakuri Cave is New Zealand's longest guided underground walking tour and an experience that must be seen to be believed. It will leave you open-mouthed, awe-struck and humbled by the sheer majesty of nature.

BLACK WATER RAFTING (Black Labyrinth) - Summer only or private tour in winter 

The original Waitomo black water rafting tour that will have you exploring and tubing through mysterious Ruakuri Cave. Grab a group of mates, some rubber tubes, and let’s take you on an unreal underground adventure you will never forget.

  • Float down the underground river in rubber tubes while admiring the glowworm displays above     
  • Become part of the legend on Waitomo’s original legendary black water rafting adventure·       
  • Jump into cascading underground waterfalls, reflecting the glowworms above ·       
  • Enjoy a hot shower and complimentary hot soup and bagels after your tour ·       
  • Experienced, trained guides will take you safely through the stunning underworld​​


1 day

    • Entry ticket to the Waitomo Glowworm Caves
    • Guided tour of Waitomo Caves including a Glowworm Grotto Boat Ride
    • Beautiful scenic drive through the New Zealand countryside
    • On screen entertainment during drive
    • Refreshments & snacks in the vehicle
    • Multiple stops along the way for photo opportunities
    • Auckland central Hotel/Airport pick up and drop off
    • Transport in a modern comfortable minibuses
    • Wifi and USB charging sockets available
  • Day 1 : Waitomo Glowworm Caves Small Group Tour from Auckland
    Highlights: Fully guided tour from Auckland in small groups, Waitomo Glowworm Caves guided tour, Secret wildlife stop, Pirongia, Waikato River, NZ historical sites, Huntly Power Station, refreshments and snacks provided, Options to upgrade to Black Water or longer cave trips, Tour departs time: 6am Tour duration: 7.5 - 11 hours
    Meals :None

  • Hotel pick-ups are from the below hotels only, starting up to 20 mins before your tour time. Please see below what group your hotel is in and what your pick-up time is. Please be waiting in your accommodation's lobby or outside no later than this time to avoid missing your pick up. Guides have multiple pick-ups so can on occasion run up to 10 minutes late. Guides cannot wait for late passengers as it will mean the entire group is at risk of missing out, so please be waiting and ready (5-10 minutes before your listed time is highly recommended).   


    Group 1: 20 minutes before tour start time. 

    Sofitel Hotel Auckland.

    Group 2: 15 minutes before tour start time.

    Adina Apartments, Copthorne Hotel Auckland, Grand Mercure Hotel, Hilton Hotel Auckland, SO/ Hotel Auckland, JUCY Snooze, M Social, Pullman Hotel, Queen Street Backpackers, Waldorf Bankside Apartments, Waldorf Celestion Apartment Hotel, Waldorf Stadium Apartments.

    Group 3: 10 minutes before tour start time.

    AVANI Metropolis, Barclay Suites, Base Backpackers, CityLife Hotel Auckland, Heritage Hotel Auckland, Ibis Budget Auckland, Rydges hotel Auckland, Stamford Plaza Auckland.

    Group 4: 5 minutes before tour start time.

    Crowne Plaza Auckland, Scenic Hotel Auckland, Skycity hotel, Skycity Grand Hotel.

    Group 5: At tour start time or up to 10 minutes after.

    Auckland City Hotel, Cordis Hotel Auckland, Grand Millennium Hotel, Kiwi International Hotel, Waldorf St Martins Aparthotel, YHA Auckland City, VR Hotel.

    Passengers that miss their pick up will be required to meet the tour at the tour's first stop at their own expense to continue on the tour. No refunds will be given to late or no show passengers.

    Auckland Airport (Butterfly Creek) pick up must be requested and approved by our team in writing to receive your pick up time. Pick up time will normally be 15-20 minutes after the tour start time.

  • $10.00 NZD per person for on board Mobile WiFi 

    $50.00 Car Seat (Safety Seat for Children)

    Upgrade to Ruakuri Cave trip for $50pp extra (select during booking process)

    Upgrade to the Black Labyrinth water rafting trip for $99pp extra (select during booking process)

    Upgrade to the Black Abyss for $199pp extra (select during booking process)

    Upgrade to the Black Odyssey for $149pp extra (select during booking process)



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Fitness Req.


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Organised by Cheeky Kiwi Travel

Activity ID: W-27258

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