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WAITOMO 

Waitomo is a quiet little village in the Northern King Country. Its surrounded by hills of green grass and native forests, all fairly typical of New Zealand at first glance. When you begin to explore more carefully, this village is anything but typical. The region is riddled with caves, gorges and underground rivers Glowworms inhabit caves, forests, river beds and stream banks. Remember - not all caves are created equal.

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DESCRIPTION:

Once everyone's on board, we'll head North West from Taupo for our adventure at Waitomo. We'll drive for 2 hours to Waitomo with a short coffee stop on the way in Te Kuiti(time permitting). This journey is off the beaten track through beautiful rural New Zealand farm land and small towns. You'll see a real collection of farm animals along the way.

 

There are a number of caving experiences to choose from with varying amounts of challenge and excitement.

 

Waitomo Glowworm and Aranui Limestone Combo

 

Glide quietly through the starry wonderland of the Glowworm Grotto and marvel at Mother Nature's light display. Meander underground along the Waitomo River and be mesmerised by the myriad of glow worm lights. This is an experience of serene ambience where you'll be fascinated by the thousands of tiny glowworms that light your way. You'll also explore the Aranui Cave set within a natural forest reserve. See the stunning ancient cave formations with high chambers with white, pink and brown stalagmites, stalactites and flowstones. Additionally you'll learn about New Zealand trees and plants on the easy forest walk. Be sure to look out for the cave dwelling weta's. 

Ruakuri

The Ruakuri Cave tour is a guided underground walking tour that takes approximately 2 hours with 1.5 hours underground. Its a wet cave with glowworms and softly folding shawl-like limestone formations and crystal tapestries. This cave provides full wheelchair access due to a massive manmade entrance.

Black Abys

This is the ultimate in caving adventure. You'll abseil into the darkness of the Ruakuri Cave, zipline through a gallery of illuminating glowworms and climb underground waterfalls as you test your limits. A good level of physical fitness is required for this tour. Don't worry, there's a hot shower, followed by soup and bagels after the tour. Cavers must be 12 years or older.

Black Labyrinth

This is a black water rafting tour where you'll be exploring and tubing through the Ruakuri Cave. As you float down the underground river in your rubber tube, you'll admire the glowworm display above. You'll also jump into cascading underwater waterfalls. A good level of physical fitness is required for this tour. You also get to enjoy a hot shower, followed by soup and bagels after the tour. Cavers must be 12 years or older.

 
Spellbound

1 guide, 2 caves, 12 people and 30,000 glowworms. With your friendly and knowledgable guides, you have lots of time to enjoy glowworms at their best and theres no rush to keep moving. This experience is similar to the Glowworm and Aranui Cave tour in terms of what you see, however its a different company and different caves. The groups are much smaller so its a quieter experience but there is some travel time required.

 
PRICE INCLUDES:

Door to door transportation and entry fees to the Caves. Loan umbrella's are available 

during inclement weather.

GLOWWORM

3 or more Pax - $139 pp

2 Pax - $179 pp

1 Pax - $299 pp

Child - $23.50 pp

Family - $379

 

GLOWWORM & ARANUI COMBO

3 or more Pax - $189 pp

2 Pax - $229 pp

1 Pax - $375 pp

Child - $34 pp

Family - $480 

GLOWWORM & RUAKURI COMBO

3 or more Pax - $192 pp

2 Pax - $242 pp

1 Pax - $392 pp

Child - $34 pp

Family - $499

GLOWWORM, RUAKURI & ARANUI COMBO

3 or more Pax - $198 pp

2 Pax - $247 pp

1 Pax - $399 pp

Child - $44 pp

Family - $539

RUAKURI

3 or more Pax - $175 pp

2 Pax - $225 pp

1 Pax - $375 pp

Child - $29 pp

Family - $480

 

BLACK ABYSS

3 or more Pax - $365 pp

2 Pax - $397pp

1 Pax - $548 pp

No child or family rates

BLACK LABYRINTH

3 or more Pax - $243 pp

2 Pax - $293 pp

1 Pax - $444 pp

No child or family rates

SPELLBOUND

3 or more Pax - $176 pp

2 Pax - $226 pp

1 Pax - $377 pp

Child - $26 pp

SCHEDULE:

The tour times vary however Waitomo is a long way from Taupo so plan on being away for the whole day (7 - 8 hours)

DON'T FORGET:

Bring comfortable walking shoes and a warm jacket. You'll need to bring money for lunch and other goodies like coffee and ice cream.

 

OUR TIPS:

Bring a camera or a good phone that takes spectacular photos and get ready for an amazing day. 

 

Be aware that cameras are not allowed in some of the caves because of the level of activity and water. The company do however take photos on your behalf that you can purchase.

 

You will be able to use a camera in the Aranui Cave, Ruakuri Cave (when on a walking tour) and in the Spellbound caves.