Waitomo Caves New Zealand

The first documented exploration of Waitomo Cave took place in 1887 when Fred Mace and Tane Tinorau floated into it on a raft. You can experience their same sense of wonder as you take a silent boat ride, floating on black water, beneath the magnificent star like display provided by thousands of tiny glow-worms. In addition to the glow worm cavern you can take a guided walk through the limestone caves that are illuminated to highlight the fascinating formations.

Neighbouring caves Ruakuri and Aranui also have guided tours to their own unique limestone sculptures.

The Waitomo Museum of Caves has information and displays on how caves and karst (limestone landscapes)are formed, what is found in them, and the general world of speleology (the science of caves). The museum theatre plays a short multi-media presentation about the NZ Glowworm (Arachnocapma luminosa).

Waitomo is set in the lush farm land of the King Country where you can also experience black water rafting, horse riding, abseiling, quad biking, and exploring areas of native forest. Approximately 25kms west of Waitomo Caves you will find Mangapohue Natural Bridge, a giant natural limestone bridge and the multi-tiered Marokopa Falls