Waitomo Glowworm Cave Boat Tour

Waitomo Glowworm Cave
Have you ever seen luminous worms?

Day Trip from Auckland to Waitomo Glowworm Caves

Take a Waitomo Glowworm Caves boat tour with Auckland & Beyond Tours. 

New Zealand has a unique species of tiny glowing creatures called “Arachnocampa Luminosa” Thousands of these magical tiny living creatures radiate their luminescent light around the Waitomo Grotto. Tour starts by Picking you up from Auckland CBD. Then we go on a two & half-hour scenic drive in South Auckland and into the Waikato region with a scenic stop for amazing photos and any other stops if needed. 

On arrival you will have around 30 minutes to shop in the Gift Shop and grab a drink or something to eat at the Waitomo Homestead.

Your Guide will take you on a one hour guided tour inside the Waitomo Glowworm Cave explaining the history of the Cave, the glowing worms and the formations you’ll see inside. You will ride on a flat bottom boat that will glide through the Waitomo river while you gaze silently at the sparkling worms. 

After you finish your Glowworm Experience we make our way back through the scenic roads to Auckland.

Tour Highlights

  • Pick up from Auckland
  • Complementary Snacks & water
  • Professional tour guide/driver
  • Admission & Guided tour of Waitomo Caves including boat ride
  • Drive Back to Auckland 

Frequently Asked Questions

Its approximately 2.5hrs drive one way, and it is depending on the traffic.

We offer complimentary pick ups and drop offs from any Auckland Central Accommodation.

Its approximately 1 hour guided tour including a gliding boat ride on the underground Waitomo River.

Unfortunately No, due to the uneven surface and stairs inside the cave.

More Activities for Adrenalin Junkies

Caving & Black Water Rafting See Glow Worms Too!

Over three hours you’ll take leaps of faith over cascading waterfalls and float serenely down an underground river as you enjoy the glow  worm show on the vaulted limestone galleries up above.

Pick Up 8AM
Drop Off 7 PM
  • Caving and walking,
  • Cave tubing (black water rafting).
  • A small waterfall jumping.
  • Beginner level.
  • You must be 12 years and 45kg+.
  • Need swimwear and towel.
  • Wetsuits and footwear provided.

Zip Line, Climbing & Caving (Dry Tour)

Test yourself as you twist and turn through the Ruakuri Cave’s main network and hidden passageways. Conquer thrilling rock traverses and mind-blowing heights. Edge over crossings high above roaring stream ways. You’ll also spider-walk through ancient rift passages and experience the challenges of technical high rope work and flying foxes.

Pick Up 7 AM

Drop Off 6 PM
  • Technical rope work.
  • Flying fox / zip line.
  • Abseiling.
  • Ladder crossings.
  • Climbing.
  • Caving and walking.
  • You must be 16 years and older and under 120kgs.
  • Need underlayer (i.e. shorts, t-shirts and a pair of socks) and a towel.
  • All other equipment provided.
  • You will need to pass a ‘breathalyser’ and ‘squeeze box test’ before starting the tour.

W4: Abseiling & Cave Tubing (Black Water Rafting)

Descend into the seemingly bottomless black depths of the glow worm studded Ruakuri Cave. This five hour expedition combines abseiling the 35 metre too, climbing, whizzing down a flying fox and cave tubing underneath glow worms into one unforgettable journey.

Pick Up 9 AM
Drop Off 6 PM
  • Abseiling training
  • Abseiling 35 metres
  • Caving and walking
  • Cave tubing (black water rafting)
  • Flying Fox
  • Waterfalls
  • Beginner level.
  • You must be 16 years+ and 45kg+.
  • Need swimwear and towel.
  • Wetsuits and footwear provided.