Waitomo Glow Worm Caves

Waitomo Glow Worm Caves

More than 30 million years ago, the legend of Waitomo Caves 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. InAranui Cave be mesmerised by ornate cave decorations. For NZ rafting adventure, get your blood pumping with The Legendary Black Water Rafting Co.


The Legendary Black Water Rafting Co. is located a short distance outside Waitomo Caves village. This is the booking and assembly point for all Black Water Rafting expeditions. It is also the home of the Long Black Cafe, where you'll find delicious food, great coffee and friendly Kiwi service.

The Long Black Cafe is a great place to sit back, relax and enjoy the high energy atmosphere as excited visitors depart and arrive from their various expeditions. Internet access and merchandise are also available. The legendary adventures begin and end at The Legendary Black Water Rafting Co.


Ruakuri Cave is situated in the Ruakuri Scenic Reserve.

Tours depart from The Legendary Black Water Rafting Co./ Ruakuri Information Centre (585 Waitomo Caves Rd), or the Waitomo Glowworm Caves Visitor Centre (39 Waitomo Caves Rd). There is plenty of parking at both departure points.


Set in the forest of the Ruakuri scenic reserve, the beautifully delicate formations in Aranui Cave create a place for quiet contemplation and a time to reflect on the wonders of nature.

Aranui Cave is located just 3 kilometres or a short five-minute drive (off Tumutumu Road) from the Waitomo Glowworm Caves. Tours meet in the car park in the Ruakuri Scenic Reserve.



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