Waitomo Caves Tour
Escape the city and discover the mystical and magical Waitomo Caves on this great value return day trip from Auckland.
- Half Day Tour
- Departs from Auckland
This half day Waitomo Caves tour will take you on a journey through the lush and rolling countryside of the Waikato and King Country regions, giving you a taste of rural New Zealand.
A knowledgeable local guide, will give you a tour of Waitomo Caves including commentary on their fascinating geological and cultural history. You’ll see the awe-inspiring Cathedral - a cavern 18 metres high with wonderful natural acoustics, and the enchanting Glowworm Grotto, which you'll experience by boat. With thousands of sparkling glowworms spread across the ceiling like a blanket of stars this is a peaceful and magical experience that's hard to beat.
At the end of the boat ride you’ll emerge into a picturesque setting of native bush before following a short trail back up to the Waitomo Caves visitor complex. Here you can take in the views and enjoy lunch (own expense), before returning to Auckland in the afternoon.
Don't miss out as we only offer a very limited number of seats each day on this great value tour – Book now!
Availability: If the Waitomo Caves tour cannot operate, a free upgrade to the Ruakuri Cave will be provided subject to availability. If the Ruakuri upgrade is provided, the Waitomo Caves portion is non-refundable.
Want to go even deeper underground? Check out our Black Water Rafting tours from Auckland and Rotorua.
Can I be picked up and dropped off at my accommodation?
Can I eat and drink on board the bus?
Yes, you can eat cold food and cold drinks on board the bus. We don’t allow hot drinks or food for safety reasons.
Can I bring my bags with me?
You can bring one carry-on item with a maximum weight of 5kg and store check-in luggage under the bus. Take a look at our full luggage policy here.
Can I get a refund if I cancel my tour?
No, our day tours are non-refundable.
How do I book a tour with my pass?
Booking a day tour using your FlexiPass or TravelPass bus pass is a slightly different process. First, you need to make sure you’re logged in to your pass. On your pass dashboard, click on the ‘Tours’ button and follow the instructions to book your tour. Please note not all InterCity day tours are available to book on your pass.
What happens if my day tour is cancelled due to bad weather?
If your day tour is cancelled for any reason, we’ll contact you to discuss your options. These will include a transfer to the next available service, or a refund of your fare.
What should I bring?
We recommend you wear comfortable walking shoes and your camera. You’re unable to take photos inside the caves but you can take some pictures of the surrounding landscape. Share your experience with us online by tagging #nzallover!
Is lunch included in this tour?
Lunch isn’t included in this tour, you can bring your own food or buy some at the Waitomo Caves café.
What happens if a glowworm falls on me?
Glowworm fishing lines can support a weight of up to 15 grams before snapping. If a line happens to break and land on you, consider yourself lucky!