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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 August 04 to August 10

Change Dates

All prices are shown in NZD ($)

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Wed 5 Aug
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Sun 9 Aug
Mon 10 Aug

8spaces priced from:

  • Adult$47.00
  • Child$39.00

8spaces priced from:

  • Adult$59.00
  • Child$39.00

8spaces priced from:

  • Adult$64.00
  • Child$39.00
  • Bubble (Max 10 People)$320.00

8spaces priced from:

  • Adult$64.00
  • Child$39.00
  • Bubble (Max 10 People)$320.00

8spaces priced from:

  • Adult$59.00
  • Child$39.00

8spaces priced from:

  • Adult$59.00
  • Child$39.00

8spaces priced from:

  • Adult$64.00
  • Child$39.00
  • Bubble (Max 10 People)$320.00

8spaces priced from:

  • Adult$64.00
  • Child$39.00
  • Bubble (Max 10 People)$320.00

8spaces priced from:

  • Adult$59.00
  • Child$39.00

8spaces priced from:

  • Adult$59.00
  • Child$39.00

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Sarah Wallwork from New Zealand wrote on 27 July 2020

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An experience of a lifetime

I took the Footwhistle Glowworm Cave tour with my husband and 3 children. The youngest with us was 11 and the tour was suited to all our capabilities. Colleen was incredibly knowledgeable and approachable and it was a humbling and spiritual experience for us all. From the stalactites and several million year old fossils to the beautiful glowworms, there was something of wonder for us all. This was an experience and memory of a lifetime and we are so grateful we got to experience it the way we did.

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Debs from United Kingdom wrote on 26 March 2020

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Wonderful walk through a cave

Our guide Colleen was very passionate about the caves and the glow worms. The information was fantastic. She was very considerate about the protection of the glow worms but she shown her torch to enable some fantastic pictures. Colleen was fantastic as was the day. Highly recommend for anyone wanting a more intimate day seeing glow worms rather than the busy tourist boat through the caves. It was an easy walk. We also had a lovely cup of tea and seen some fossils on the way out.

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Jan from New Zealand wrote on 19 February 2020

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A Different Insight to The World of Glowworms

I was initially disappointed, as I hadn't realised that this was not the regular Glowworm tour on the boat, up at the main caves. However, it soon turned arouns, as we embarked on our small, almost private tour (only 6-8 people attending, plus the guide) We headed out to a privately owned cave. Walking through some woodland & through a Tea-house, which we visit after the tour, we descended a number of steps (you need to be fairly agile - there were a couple of us who struggled with the steps on the way back up). The guide was excellent & certainly knew her stuff. She was very informative & we saw some great cave features, including underground streams & of course glowworms. Heading back, we stopped in the Tea-house & were privelaged to taste Kawakawa tea, which was lovely. A nice change to the hoards of tourists on the usual crammed boat trip

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Andrew Tilley from Australia wrote on 17 December 2019

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Fantastic, great tour guide !

If you are traveling the Nth Island of New Zealand and looking for a fun day, the glow worm caves are a must see! there are a few tour companies that do these tours so do some research to ensure your getting the best experience. we chose Caveworld – Footwhistle Glowworm Cave, its a walking adventure that takes nearly 2 hours and will not disappoint. We had a wonderful tour guide who explained all about the glow worms and the surrounding area. At the end we where presented with a local delicacy, a tea only found in NZ, a perfect way to end a fun day! Enjoy

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Lānce from New Zealand wrote on 23 November 2019

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The bro was a awesome guide very knowledgable and funny. Really helpful with the the travelers questions from what we saw. Would definitely recommend

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