Waitomo Glow Worm Grotto

9 hours | Auckland | A K L - 1 0 5
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Points of Interest

  • Waitomo Caves Region
  • Auckland City and Surrounds
Includes meal, Moderate activity

Description

Be sure to read the Special Notes further down this page for important requirements and restriction.

What you will visit:
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
The Waitomo Glowworm Caves cruise introduces the wonders of this geological phenomenon. Here, tiny glowworms unique to New Zealand emit a fluorescent blue-green radiance that illuminates the caverns and underground streams the glowworms call home. As you float through the limestone formations, your guide will share information, legends and facts about this fascinating oddity of nature. The largest chamber of the cave is known as the "Cathedral," an acoustically perfect auditorium that has hosted a number of renowned performing artists.

What you will see along the way:
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. Pass Ngaruawahia, home of the Maori king, and pass through Hamilton, New Zealand's largest inland city. Your drive continues into Taupiri, known for a mountain sacred to the Maori people.

Lunch:
Debbie and Fraser Robertson welcome you to beautiful Crosshills Farm, where a home-cooked lunch, accompanied by splendid local wine awaits. Savor your meal in this lovely English garden setting and delight in the warm New Zealand hospitality that matches the delicious food. A sample menu features roast lamb and one other seasonal meat (usually beef meatloaf or ham), fresh breads and homemade pickles, seasonal vegetables and salads, and seasonal fruits and ice cream for dessert.

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

Tour timeline may vary to avoid overcrowding, etc.

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

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Transport Capacity:
40
Travel time:
03:00
Time at site:
01:30
Free time at site:
30
Inside visit:
Yes
Air conditioned:
No
Walking distance:
300
Steps:
150
Wheelchair accessible:
No
Restroom available:
Yes
Shopping available:
Yes
Photo/video restrictions:
Yes
Photo/video opportunity:
Yes

Lunch

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Transport Capacity:
40
Travel time:
00:30
Time at site:
01:00
Inside visit:
Yes
Walking distance:
100
Restroom available:
Yes

Reboard your motorcoach and return to your ship

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Transport Capacity:
40
Travel time:
03:00