Since Victorian times, the Waitomo Glowworm Caves have attracted visitors from around the world. Join us on this full day excursion to Waitomo that takes you into the central heartland of the North Island.
Leaving the city, enjoy a pleasant three-hour drive south over the Bombay Hills and through the lush dairy land of the Waikato Valley, before arriving at the Waitomo Caves. Here, subterranean limestone formations have resulted in a series of spectacular caves.
At the Waitomo Caves, walk into a cave with soaring ceilings and low passages, where striking limestone formations include the famous Organ and the lofty chamber called The Cathedral. Stalagmites and stalactites abound, forming pillars and crooked fingers of calcite deposits that, in the low light, take on beautiful or monstrous proportions. In the caves, you will board a boat for a ride in complete silence along an underground river in pitch darkness. Look up and you will see the millions of bio-luminescent glow worms that stick to the cave. Because the worms extinguish their lights when disturbed, silence is mandatory.
Following your visit, a short drive will bring you to Crosshills Farm where a tasty finger food buffet lunch will be served.
Afterward, you will re-board your coach for the 3-hour return drive to the pier in Auckland.
Please note: This tour includes approximately 1-hour of moderate to strenuous walking over a natural trail and includes stairs to negotiate to enter the caves. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests or those with mobility concerns. Weather appropriate, casual clothing that should include a wind/waterproof jacket, and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended.