Waitomo Glow Worm Grotto

AKL-105 | Auckland, New Zealand | See Special Notes

from $249.95*

*Price displayed in US Dollars unless otherwise noted; excursions priced in other currencies may be available on select voyages only. Prices are based on the amount Princess typically charges for each excursion, but your price may vary by voyage date and departure time.

Tour at a Glance

You will visit:
  • Waitomo Grotto Waitomo Grotto
You will see:

Moderate Includes meal

Excursion Length:
Approx. 9 hours

Max. Group Size: 40

Tour Overview

A three-hour motorcoach ride to the Waitomo Caves is a wonderful opportunity to take in all of Auckland's spectacular natural scenery. After driving through the thriving downtown area, you'll find yourself following the Waikato River into the rural countryside, where the lush green fields are populated by grazing sheep and cattle. Pass Ngaruawahia, home of the Maori King, and Taupiri, known for a mountain sacred to the Maori people.

Your first stop is the Waitomo Glow-worm Caves, a true geological phenomenon of nature. Unique to New Zealand, these tiny creatures radiate a fluorescent blue-green glow that illuminates the caves and underground streams the glow-worms call home. The largest chamber of the cave is known as the "Cathedral," an acoustically perfect auditorium that has hosted a number of renowned performing artists drawn to the area for the purity of sound it produces. As you embark on a short cruise in an open boat through the limestone formations, your guide will share information, legends, and facts about this fascinating and beautiful oddity of nature.

When you have completed your Glowworm Cave visit, take a 30-minute scenic drive to Crosshills Farm. A home-cooked lunch, accompanied by splendid local wine, is served at Debbie and Fraser Robertson's home, where the lovely English garden setting and the warm New Zealand hospitality match the delicious food.

At the completion of your meal, enjoy a relaxing motorcoach ride back to port.

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Detailed itinerary

Depart from ship for a guided tour of the Waitomo Glowworm Grotto

Travel time:03:00 Transport type:Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Transport Capacity (Normal Use):40
Time at site:01:30 Inside Visit :Yes
Walking distance (yards):300
Total number of steps:150 Notes

Requires steps to enter and exit the cave

Wheelchair accessible?:No
Restrooms available?:Yes
Free Time at Site (minutes):30 Shopping available?:Yes
Air conditioned?:No
Currency accepted:NZD Credit cards accepted: Yes
Photo/Video opportunity?:Yes
Photo/Video restrictions?:Yes Notes

Photography / Video is not permitted in the Waitomo Grotto.


Travel time:00:30 Transport type:Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Transport Capacity (Normal Use):40
Time at site:01:00 Inside Visit :Yes
Walking distance (yards):100
Restrooms available?:Yes

Reboard your motorcoach and return to your ship

Travel time:03:00 Transport type:Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Transport Capacity (Normal Use):40

Tour timeline may vary to avoid overcrowding, etc.

Special Notes


The Glow Worm Grotto is neither wheelchair accessible nor suitable for the claustrophobic. Guests must negotiate approximately 100 easy-paced steps to enter the grotto and approximately 50 steps to exit the grotto. The interior paths are paved.

Bring comfortable walking shoes and a warm jacket as it is cool underground.

All photography in the caves is strictly forbidden. This includes non-flash photography and video.

The drive to the Waitomo Glow Worm Grotto is approximately three hours each way.

Child Price:

12 years & under only

Number of Steps/Walking Distance:

For information on walking distances and/or the number of steps at each stop, please see the detailed itinerary above.

Wheelchair Accessibility:

For information on wheelchair accessibility, please see the detailed itinerary above.

Camera/Video Restrictions:

For information on camera/video restrictions at each stop, please see the detailed itinerary above.

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