Waitomo Caves is a village and solutional cave system, which is major tourist attraction in Waikato region of New Zealand. The limestone landscape of Waitomo has been the centre of popular caving tourism in New Zealand from 1900. Today, a visit to Waitomo Caves is a “Kiwi must- do’s” in New Zealand. The main caves in Waitomo are Glow worm Caves, Ruakuri Cave and Aranui Cave.
Waitomo Glow worm Caves attraction is known for its population of Glow worms, Arachnocampa luminosa. They are exclusively found here in Waitomo and are unique to New Zealand. Book a boat tour to experience Glow worm Caves in Waitomo and enjoy the world famous boat ride under thousands of beautiful Glow worms. The boat will take you onto the underground Waitomo River, where the only light comes from the magical Glow worms creating a beautiful sky of living lights.
Ruakuri Cave is the longest underground cave in Waitomo regions in New Zealand. It was discovered by local Maori around 400-500 years ago and was termed Ruakuri or “Den of Dogs” when wild dogs were discovered making their home in the cave entrance.
This is the only wheelchair- accessible cave in the Southern Hemisphere. The Ruakuri cave guided tour start down a long spiral ramp to the bottom of caves which is full of stalactites and very rare limestone formations that has been created over millions of years. There are underground rivers, hidden waterfalls and amazing Glow worms.
Aranui Cave is located in the Ruakuri scenic reserve and is just 5 minutes drive from Glow worm Caves Waitomo. It has a natural cave entrance and is the smallest but most delicate cave in Waitomo. This is a dry cave without a river running through it and it has very little life past its entrance. There is a colony of native New Zealand cave wetas and beautiful collections of stalactites, stalagmites and decorative limestone formations.
You can try the unique experience of blackwater rafting if you are more into adventure. Here you will crawl, swim and float through the caves on a rubber tube. Or, you could abseil or zip-line through darkness.
Not only caves, you can also enjoy the beautiful walkways and natural wonders in Waitomo such as beautiful Marokopa Falls and limestone Mangapohue Bridge.
The distance from Hamilton to Waitomo Caves is 76 kilometres and travel time is approximately 1 hour. The transport facilities from Waitomo caves to Hamilton are very limited and they don’t provide direct service. Supervan provides direct shuttle services from Hamilton Transport Centre (Public car park) to Waitomo Caves. Affordable shuttle services are also available upon request.
We provide shuttle service upon request and it departs from Hamilton Transport Centre (Public Parking) or we can do the pick up from your home ( Additional charges may apply and minimum number of people required). Approximately this takes 1 hour to reach to Waitomo caves. Departure time from Waitomo Caves will be discussed at the time booking (depends upon the tour timing). Please have a look on the package we do have for Waitomo caves. However, if you do have different plan, we can organize a tailor made plan for you and your group.
If you are more into having more time or space for yourself and your family, you can book our private hire service to Waitomo caves. Our rates are very competitive, inclusive of GST with no hidden surprise and affordable to everyone.
Supervan provides private hire transfer from Auckland upon request. The distance from Auckland to Waitomo Caves is 192 kms and travel time is approximately 2.5 hours. Pick up from Auckland will be in the morning from your home or hotel (single location) and one of our friendly driver will be with you during your travel.
Waitomo has got a lot to offer and it is not just caves. When you travel with us, you have freedom to explore on your way and you are not restricted to a fixed itinerary. You will have enough time and transfer facility to go anywhere you want in Waitomo region.
Departure will be in evening for Auckland once you finish your sightseeing (preferably around 5:00 pm) and will drop you to your home around 7:30 pm.
If you have any plan to visit Waitomo, simply call us on 0800 777 826 and one of our team member will be there to discuss your travel plan.