Discover the magic of Waitomo Caves
More than 30 million years ago, the legend of Waitomo Caves began with the creation of limestone at the bottom of the ocean. Now these limestone formations stand as one of New Zealand’s most inspiring natural wonders and a must-see destination. The Waitomo region is home to many unforgettable sightseeing attractions. As a taster – check out the activities below. For more detailed information and to book follow the links below:
The Legendary Black Water Rafting Company
The Legendary Black Water Rafting Company is New Zealand’s first black water rafting adventure operator, sharing underground thrills and excitement since 1987.
What began as a special treat for a brave few has developed into a spectacular tourism attraction that gives visitors of all ages the chance to abseil, weave, jump, climb, and float through a glowworm-studded subterranean wonderland at Waitomo Caves.
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Your tour begins at the upper entrance of the cave and proceeds along a low narrow passage to the Tomo, a deep limestone shaft. Continuing through over 250 metres of stunning underground scenery opening out to the impressive Cathedral.
The highlight of your tour is the world famous boat trip under thousands of magical glowworms through the spectacular Glowworm Grotto.
The Ruakuri Cave tour is New Zealand’s longest guided underground walking tour and an experience that must be seen to be believed.
Ruakuri Cave offers a captivating blend of Waitomo’s most compelling subterranean experiences.
Journey down through the spectacular spiral entrance, and marvel at the softly folding shawl-like limestone formations and crystal tapestries. Hear the distant thunder of the subterranean waterfalls and get up close to the glowworms.
The Ruakuri Cave experience will leave you open-mouthed, awe-struck and humbled by the sheer majesty of nature.
With clever and innovative design, Ruakuri Cave has full wheelchair and pushchair access.
Aranui Cave is a magical, mystical place that is steeped in Maori myth and legend.
Aranui Cave has a natural cave entrance and is the smallest and most delicate of Waitomo’s three main caves. As a dry cave without a river running through it, it houses very little life past its entrance.
However, just inside the entrance is a colony of native New Zealand cave wetas and further into the cave is the most beautiful collection of stalactites, stalagmites, flowstones and decorative formations.