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 and jump backwards off a waterfall into an inner tube in the dark caves on a Blackwater Rafting tour.
Black Water Rafting
Join the 3 hour original adventure of the Black Labyrinth. Black Labyrinth is Waitomo’s original and amazing underground cave tubing experience that is known and talked about all around the world. Over three hours you’ll work your way through squeezes, take leaps of faith over cascading underground waterfalls and float serenely down river as you enjoy the glowworm show on the vaulted limestone galleries up above. Once you have dried off and warmed up with a hot cup of soup continue to Rotorua.
From $127 per person
Waitomo Glow Worm Caves
Your guided tour will take you through over 250 metres of stunning underground scenery commencing with the impressive Cathedral. Your tour begins at the upper entrance of the cave and proceeds along a low narrow passage to the Tomo, a deep limestone shaft. Your experienced tour guide will deliver a highly informative commentary about the formations and the history of the area. The highlight of your tour is an unrivalled boat trip through the spectacular Glowworm Grotto.
Marvel at Mother Nature’s light display as you glide silently through the starry wonderland of the Glowworm Grotto. Meander underground along the Waitomo River and gaze in silence at the myriad of glow worm lights that make up the Glowworm Grotto. As you enter this galaxy of tiny living lights, you’ll immediately experience a serene ambience and be fascinated and intrigued by tiny glowworms that light your way. Tours depart every half hour daily from 9am-5pm daily, and are approximately 45 minutes in duration.
From $38 per person
Auckland to Rotorua – Deluxe Day Tour/Transfer
Travel from Auckland to Rotorua (or vice versa) south through small rural townships steeped in early pioneer history. Morning tea is served by your host during this sector. Continue travelling through the rich farmland of the Waikato towards the King Country (birthplace of the Maori Monarchy) and on to Waitomo. Join a guided tour through Waitomo Glow Worm Caves climaxed by a boat ride through the Glow worm Grotto, illuminated by thousands of tiny lights from the glow worms suspended from the cave ceiling. After your visit, re-board your coach, a light lunch will be served as we continue on to Rotorua. An introduction to New Zealand farming with an Agrodome Farm Tour, drive through the foreshore park of Lake Rotorua and historic Government Gardens, and visit Te Puia Arts & Crafts Institute where you will see the famous Pohutu Geyser, Maori Village and boiling mud pools among other highlights. Your attraction packed day concludes as the coach drops you off at your accommodation.
From $253 per person