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.
Travel south on a one-way tour from Auckland to Rotorua and explore Waitomo Glowworm Caves, one of the North Island’s most popular attractions. Be amazed by the illumination of thousands of tiny glowworms on a 45 minutes guided boat tour through Glowworm Grotto. After the tour, relish your free time in visitor center or take a lunch break in cafe' (Own expense).
The distance from Hamilton to Waitomo Caves is 76 kilometres and travel time is approximately 1.25 hours. Supervan provides direct shuttle services from Hamilton to Waitomo Caves. Minimum number of people are required for the transfer.
Bookings are essential and we advise booking at least 48 hours in advance to avoid any disappointment. If you are not booked, then either you can check with one of our friendly drivers on duty (Instant booking is subject to availability),or Booking can be done online through booking page or give a call to 08000 777 826 and one of our team member will be there to assist you.