Spellbound is a good option if you don’t want to get wet, are more interested in glowworms than an ‘action’ experience, and want to avoid the big groups in the main caves. Small-group tours access parts of the heavily glowworm-dappled Mangawhitiakau cave system, 12km south of Waitomo (and you still get to ride on a raft!).

Serious photographers should ask about the dedicated four-hour photography option (per person $150, minimum two people).