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Caveworld - Footwhistle Glowworm Cave

Explore the fascinating Waitomo underworld with Cave World Waitomo in what will be the journey of your lifetime! This intimate cave experience, suitable for all the family, is an absolute must do when visiting New Zealand.

Highlights

  • Enjoy a short stroll through lush native bush before entering our tranquil Footwhistle Cave
  • Enter Footwhistle Caves’ cathedral where you will be treated to a dazzling spectacle whereby the cave is lit up by a magnesium torch
  • Learn about one of New Zealand’s lost treasures the ancient Moa and about the insects that call the caves home
  • Kawakawa tea tasting in a Ponga hut

Deep beneath the rolling green hills of Waitomo lies an intriguing labyrinth of mysterious underground rivers, a vast network of caves and numerous sinkholes.

Explore the fascinating Waitomo underworld with Caveworld Waitomo in what will be a truly remarkable journey.

Enjoy a short stroll through lush native bush before entering our tranquil Footwhistle Cave. Be in awe of magnificent glowworms displays and cave formations formed over thousands of years.

Learn about one of New Zealand’s lost treasures the ancient Moa and about the insects that call the caves home whilst the soothing sounds of streams flow in the darkness below.

Complete your tour with a kawakawa tea tasting whilst you are seated in a ponga hut nestled above Footwhistle Cave.

You are welcome to bring your camera to capture every special moment. Small groups of no more than 12 customers per guide ensure an intimate cave experience and is suitable for those who wish to escape the crowds.

An absolute must do when visiting New Zealand.

Adult $64.00
Child $39.00
Bubble (Max 10 People) $640.00 (Bubble Deal up to 10 people only - Valued at up to $640 (10 X Adults))

What's included

  • Footwhistle Glowworm Tour
  • Experienced guides
  • 3.5km courtesy scenic shuttle to our cave

Duration

  • 1 hour 15 minutes

Location

  • Meeting point: Loading Zone located in front of Waitomo Caves I-site, 21 Waitomo Village Road, Waitomo Caves.

Restrictions

  • Minimum age: 5
  • Children 0 - 4 years are not permitted.

Notes

  • Child price applies to ages 5-17 years. Children 0 - 4 years are not permitted.

    Bookings are time and date specific and any changes required after a booking has already been confirmed may incur extra fees at the tour operators' discretion.

    IMPORTANT: Note drive times from city centres. Please allow plenty of time to get to Caveworld for your tour departure.

    -2.5 Hours travel time from Auckland.

    -2 hours travel time from Rotorua, Taupo or Tauranga

    -1 hour travel time from Hamilton.

  • IMPORTANT: Our office is in the process of being relocated. Our staff will meet you in front of the Waitomo I-site. Please ensure you use the public toilets located at the I-site as there are no toilets at the cave.

Available Bookings from July 14 to July 20

Change Dates

All prices are shown in NZD ($)

Tue 14 Jul
Wed 15 Jul
Thu 16 Jul
Fri 17 Jul
Sat 18 Jul
Sun 19 Jul
Mon 20 Jul

8spaces priced from:

  • Adult$59.00
  • Child$39.00

6spaces priced from:

  • Adult$32.00
  • Child$31.00

8spaces priced from:

  • Adult$47.00
  • Child$39.00

8spaces priced from:

  • Adult$59.00
  • Child$39.00

8spaces priced from:

  • Adult$59.00
  • Child$39.00

8spaces priced from:

  • Adult$59.00
  • Child$39.00

8spaces priced from:

  • Adult$59.00
  • Child$39.00

8spaces priced from:

  • Adult$59.00
  • Child$39.00

8spaces priced from:

  • Adult$49.00
  • Child$39.00

8spaces priced from:

  • Adult$59.00
  • Child$39.00

8spaces priced from:

  • Adult$59.00
  • Child$39.00

8spaces priced from:

  • Adult$59.00
  • Child$39.00

8spaces priced from:

  • Adult$59.00
  • Child$39.00

Authenticated Reviews & PhotosAll of our reviews are from people who have booked and paid for this activity thru Bookme

Authenticated Reviews & PhotosAll of our reviews are from people who have booked and paid for this activity thru Bookme

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Choon Seow from Malaysia wrote on 28 August 2019

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Excellent experience with the glow worm

Our guide Rich is very knowledgeable with the glow and we had a wonderful time there.

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Wendy from Australia wrote on 01 October 2019

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Glow worm cave

Richmond was a knowledgeable and personable tour guide. He gave a good balance of great commentary with time to enjoy the space. The tea was much appreciated!

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Giorgia from Italy wrote on 02 May 2019

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Great experience!

Great visit of the Footwhistle cave. Our guide was really friendly and was happy to answer all our questions. The glowworms and rock formations were spectacular! And the tea at the end was the perfect final touch. I recommend.

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Erika Lackey-Ruwald from Canada wrote on 26 December 2017

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Family Friendly

Our guide was fabulous! So helpful and great story teller. My mum walls with a cane but really wanted to see the caves, guide was patient and helpful! And the cave was quite flat and easy to walk, aside from the long staircase :p

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Patrícia from New Zealand wrote on 12 November 2017

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Unforgettable experience.!

My friends and I had an amazing time enjoying the cave tours. The tour guide was a nice gentlemen who gave us so much information and made this experience beautiful. I'll recommend this tour to all my friends and family. Thank you,

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