Waitomo Caves Visitor Centre
The big-three Waitomo Caves are all operated by the same company, based at the flash Waitomo Caves Visitor Centre (behind the Glowworm...
CaveWorld runs the Tube It ($139, two hours) black-water rafting trip through glowworm-filled Te Anaroa. Also available are a...
Waitomo Caves Discovery Centre
Adjoining the i-SITE, the Waitomo Caves Discovery Centre has excellent exhibits explaining how caves are formed, the flora and fauna...
An easy-going tavern with lots of beers on tap, good-value pub grub (steaks, lamb shanks, nachos...), chunky wooden tables, occasional...
At the Kiwi Paka backpackers is this cheery joint, a jack-of-all-trades eatery serving breakfast, lunch and dinner either inside or out...
Glowworm Cave information
The guided tour of the Glowworm Cave, which is behind the visitor centre, leads past impressive stalactites and stalagmites into a large cavern known as the Cathedral. The highlight comes at the tour’s end when you board a boat and swing off onto the river. As your eyes grow accustomed to the dark you’ll see a Milky Way of little lights surrounding you – these are the glowworms. Book your tour at the visitor centre.
The acoustics are so good that Dame Kiri Te Kanawa and the Vienna Boys Choir have given concerts here.