Be amazed by the thousands of magical glowworms above on this 45-minute, small group guided tour, as you glide silently by boat in the world famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves. Many of the current guides are descendants of the Maori chief who originally explored the cave and can share with you the remarkable history of the area. Guided since the late 1880s, this is the original, iconic New Zealand attraction.
• 45 minutes
Want to up the ante when it comes to inner tubing? Now you can float along a subterranean river in the Waitomo Caves! Thousands of glowworms flicker on the walls as you cruise through the narrow passageways and eventually take a plunge down a waterslide. Friendly and experienced guides look after you every step of the way, soothing any jitters and ensuring a memorable adventure!
• 2 hours
Experience a glowworm light show among the fantastical rock formations of Footwhistle cave, an extensive cave system in Waitomo. Glowworms create a starry glow around you as your expert guide leads you through a cavern dripping in stalactites and stalagmites. Softly lit by candles and solar-powered lights, the cave’s subterranean beauty is mesmerizing! This small-group tour limited to 13 people ensures personalized attention from your guide.
• 1 hour
The top rated, most intimate, and most personalised glow worm cave tour in Waitomo. On a Glowing Adventure Glow Worm Eco-Tour our knowledgeable guides will escort you through beautiful native New Zealand forest and into untouched glow worm caves, here in the Waitomo district. We take small tours of no more than 8 people so have the ability to move slowly through the caves, to enjoy, explore, and take in the surroundings, including our mesmerising glow worm displays. Glowing Adventures is a small family owned business, offering the top rated, most intimate, and most personalised cave tours in Waitomo.
• 3 hours
Experience the real Middle-earth™ at the Hobbiton™ Movie Set, where, in the heart of the Waikato region, you can step into the lush pastures of the Shire™, as seen in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies. Fall in love with the Alexander family sheep farm, just as acclaimed director Sir Peter Jackson did, as you journey through the unequivocal beauty of the land with the mighty Kaimai Ranges towering in the distance. Your guide will escort you around the set, showing the intricate detailing, pointing out the most famous locations and explaining how the movie magic was made. You will be fully-guided around the 12-acre set: past Hobbit Holes™, the Mill and into the world-famous Green Dragon™ Inn where you will be presented with a complimentary, exclusive Hobbit™ Southfarthing™ beverage to conclude your own Middle-earth™ adventure.
• 2 hours
Ruakuri Cave offers a captivating blend of Waitomo's most compelling subterranean experiences. Journey down through the spectacular spiral entrance, and marvel at the softly folding shawl-like limestone formations and crystal tapestries. Hear the distant thunder of the subterranean waterfalls and get up close to the glowworms. Spectacular and unique, Ruakuri Cave offers a captivating blend of Waitomo's most compelling subterranean experiences. In this 2 hours sightseeing tour, your guide will bring you up close to glowworms, elaborate cave formations, underground rivers, myths, legends and sacred Maori sites.
• 1.25 hours
Aranui Cave has a natural cave entrance and is the smallest and most delicate of Waitomo's three main caves. As a dry cave without a running river through it, it houses very little life past its entrance. Walk through the cave with your guide on this 1-hour tour, with an additional 15-minute guided bush walk. Visit soon to see the richly varied cave formations within close-up view and enjoy an experience you will never forget. Choose from one of seven departure times when you book.
• 1 hour
Fifty years ago Hamilton Gardens was a sand quarry and the city’s rubbish dump. It was covered in weeds, mud and household rubbish. Since then it has gradually been transformed into 21 award winning gardens, each with a unique theme that tells the story of gardens. Guided tours explore the rather mysterious world of Hamilton Gardens.
• 1.25 hours
Kapiti Island is one of New Zealand's oldest and most important Nature Reserves, and is a place rich in history.You can expect to see some of our most beautiful and endangered birds up close and personal as you share the space with the locals.
• 5 hours
Experience the best of New Zealand’s beautiful North Island on this full-day rainforest getaway in Northland. Delve into the New Zealand rainforest with a guide and discover some of the native flora and fauna for which the North Island is famous. Enjoy lunch at a forest camp, then choose from a selection of further activities such as bird-watching, flower-spotting, or catching (and releasing) crayfish in the streams.
• 8 hours