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Waitomo Glowworm Caves

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Waitomo Glowworm Caves

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More than 30 million years ago, the legend of Waitomo began with the creation of limestone at the bottom of the ocean. Now these limestone formations stand as one of New Zealand's most inspiring natural wonders and a must-see destination.

The Waitomo region is home to unforgettable sightseeing attractions. Discover magical glowworms by boat in the world famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves.

Combine your experience with Ruakuri Cave; see glowworms up close and descend a spectacular spiral entrance. In Aranui Cave be mesmerised by ornate cave decorations. For the more adventurous, get your blood pumping with The Legendary Black Water Rafting Co.

Waitomo Glowworm Caves

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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.

The glow worm, Arachnocampa luminosa, is unique to New Zealand. Thousands of these tiny creatures radiate their unmistakable luminescent light as our expert guides provide informative commentary on the Caves' historical and geological significance.

Waitomo Glowworm Caves are a must see for any traveller. Enjoy the world famous boat ride under thousands of magical glowworms and become a part of over 120 years of cultural and natural history.


Our award winning Visitor Centre and conference venue is now open for everybody to enjoy.

In 2005, a major fire struck the original Waitomo Glowworm Caves Visitor Centre, devastating the building. It was a huge blow to the community and since then, they have rallied together to keep the caves open for everyone to enjoy.

The new Waitomo Glowworm Caves Visitor Centre is reborn from the ashes, and showcases how engineering, the environment and local culture can be fused together in harmony.

At the Timber Design Awards in October 2010, we were recognised for our efforts and won the Architecture, Commercial Engineering Excellence and the Clever Solution Awards.

This unique venue features an innovative criss-crossed roof and fantastic facilities. This is truly a world-leading complex, designed to enhance your overall experience in the region.

Whether you are visiting Waitomo as a tourist, on a school trip or having a conference, Waitomo Glowworm Caves Visitor Centre, in the heart of the Waikato, is the perfect venue.