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Waitomo Glowworm Caves

4.6/5398 Reviews
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Waitomo, New Zealand
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About Waitomo Glowworm Caves

The Waitomo Glowworm Caves is a limestone cave group in the western mountains of New Zealand's North Island; it is a famous New Zealand scenic spot. In the Maori language, Waitomo means "surrounded by green waters." The caves consists mainly of three distinct caves, the Waitomo Glowworm Cave, the Ruakuri Cave and the Aranui Cave. The Waitomo Glowworm Cave is a stalactite cave. The Cathedral Cavern inside the cave is especially well known for its echo. The Ruakuri Cave is an underground cave where visitors can hear the musical sounds of an underground waterfall. The entrance to the Aranui Cave is also the visitor center. The membrane structured arch here is very magnificent.

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Tours & Tickets

Waitomo Glowworm Caves Tour
Waitomo Glowworm Caves Tour
Available for Tomorrow Onwards
FromUSD 26.27
Hobbiton and Waitomo Caves Join-In Day Tour from Auckland
Hobbiton and Waitomo Caves Join-In Day Tour from Auckland
Available for Tomorrow Onwards
FromUSD 171.70

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  • 爱走路爱跑步
    5.0

    We sat behind the Sky Tower of Auckland in the morning on the first class of Citybus to the Firefly Cave and the Hobbit base. We visited the Firefly Cave first. There are fixed visiting time here. You just have to wait patiently. Because of the early arrival, there are not many people, especially without the interference of the tour group, it is really very clean. Photographs are not allowed inside the cave. Fireflies are afraid of light and sound. Everyone turns off their phones and whispers nothing. They just watch the blue light of the fireflies on the top of the cave and on the river in silence. They are so touching that they feel all things are so sacred. I thank all the friends from different countries who visited the cave. Our self-discipline has given us and nature the best love and beauty. Out of the cave, the guide let me take a few pictures of the souvenir, so from inside out to take this backlight, I feel very beautiful. Our driver is a local named blue. His son works in Nanjing. Seeing that there were two hours between our journeys, I warmly invited my son and I to go hiking on the primeval forest trail near his home. It was a real profit! Waterfalls, caves, towering trees, ancient bridges, trestles, humorous introduction! What a marvel at the accomplishment of this country! Thank you blue!

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  • 张老师
    5.0

    I had a pleasant day with my tour guide for the first time. Although I had insomnia the night before and slept for only two hours, I was still in high spirits. From Auckland to Waitomo at 7:30-10:30, from Waitomo to Hobiton at 12:30-14:30, from Hobiton to Rotorua at 17:30-18:30, and drove 400 km by myself. I went through showers, road repairs, wrong turns, and stopped to take pictures at the wrong time. I arrived at my destination and participated in the scheduled project. I was lucky to catch up with the Chinese commentator. Drifting along the dark river in the dark wormhole by a small valve, you can only see the fireflies'tails on the four walls and on the top of your head shining like stars. Unfortunately, you can't take pictures. The beautiful scenery is just a way for firefly larvae to trap food. When they grow up and lose their mouths, they can only reproduce their offspring at the last moment of their lives and crash into the net of the larvae with their last breath before they die, feeding the larvae, which is a bit like Chinese parents. It's a long way from here. The eavesdropping pleasure is that their hearing has improved and an important mistake in Chinese translation has been corrected. Hee] Quickly, the small valves went down the stream, and there were small openings in the mountains. If there was light, they would build boats and come out of the mouth with a sudden enlightenment. I haven't seen the Hobbits, but it doesn't prevent me from acting crazily in Hobbyton. Peter Jackson chose a half-day view, and eventually chose the ranch of the farmer in Matamata Township because of a 100-year-old pine tree he found on a low-altitude flight. The ranch was just a drop from the farmer's ranch. The tour guide said that the green you saw was the farmer's. The beef you ate at McDonald's in New Zealand was his home.

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  • juki235
    5.0

    Waitomo Firefly Cave is a scenic spot in Rotoruabi, New Zealand. It is through a winding mountain road and enters a cave that only two people can pass through. You will find the fireflies dotted in the cave, like stars in the sky, very beautiful and magical. For us who grow up in the city, such a wonderful sight is rare. Unfortunately, the camera can not catch this movement. People's pictures, only you personally experience, can you feel the magic of nature.

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    Reviewed on 1519337083000
  • 繁星洲
    5.0

    On the ninth day of New Zealand's tour in Rotorua, Auckland, after breakfast, I went to Waitomo Cave, where I was attracted by the white guide's explanation. The firefly cave is located in Waitomo Cave, Waitomo Cave, New Zealand. It belongs to the Maori people. The entrance is a steep wooden cabin with Maori totem carved red pillars beside it. There are stalactites with different shapes in the cave, where Maori people meet regularly. Following the guide's request, it is forbidden to take pictures with cameras or speak in the cave. It is necessary to be quiet so as not to frighten the fireflies. Four people ride in a small wooden boat. The local tour guide will push the boat forward with the rope in hand. In the dark cave, there is only a gentle sound of water, and thousands of fireflies are shining brightly, shining like stars, very charming and beautiful.

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  • denis天涯任我行
    5.0

    The entrance hall of the firefly cave is made of logs and membranes, beside which stands wood carved red pillars engraved with gross profit totems. On the first floor, beside the staircase is a souvenir shop. It doesn't care about postcards, T-shirts, books and firefly dolls. It bought the popular MANUKAHONEY18+, a custom brand of Huaito Cave. The price is NT$80, which is cheaper than the supermarket, and hangs in another corner. If you like, you can take pictures and make postcards to make up for the regret that you can't take pictures in the cave. This can be charged about a dozen yuan. Up the stairs is a cafe and theatre. On one side of the wooden wall hangs photographs of the Maori patriarchal tower, Dinulao, and a British surveyor, Frank, exploring firefly holes many times. They are called the discovery of the Ninth Wonder of the world by later generations.

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    Reviewed on 1487752513000
  • 十曲桥
    5.0

    The ticket office at Dongkou can buy tickets for three holes. If time is not enough or cost is saved, it is recommended to go only to the firefly hole. After all, the other two caves are similar in China. The last few pictures are the end of the boat trip to the cave. Of course, boats can't use engines or paddle. They must be absolutely quiet. The ship was driven by a guide. I don't know how the rope was installed.

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    Reviewed on 1500165019000
  • M48****413
    5.0

    The Whitomo Firefly Cave in Rotorua is a must-see attraction here. Because the temperature and humidity of the cave are very suitable for the survival of fireflies, it is said that there are tens of thousands of fireflies living here. Through the narrow entrance into the cave, not far from you will find that there are stars in the darkness of fireflies, fluttering with light, like stars in the sky, it is really beautiful. Children will love it, because there are no fireflies in the city today. Come here to make up for their childhood.

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  • 正义的力量
    5.0

    On the wall of the cave, the green light dots scattered all over the cave lay on top of each other. The green light shines on the dark water, doubling the light and shadow. This is a wonderful world belonging to the green elves. With the light rain to go to the firefly hole, the hole is not allowed to take photos, the sky is beautiful!

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  • 尹泡喵
    5.0

    This firefly hole is really beautiful, but there are no photographs and no loud voices. After you get on board the boat, you basically hold your breath and go ahead. The stars on your head are very beautiful

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  • 懒小猫猫猫
    5.0

    Really super beautiful, unfortunately not photographic, in order to protect the environment. I haven't seen so many beautiful fireflies since I was so old. The real scene is very close to the pictures. It's green and shining. It's beautiful. It's much more spectacular than the white sparkling dots seen in the Sabah wilderness. There are many fireflies that are very bright. Really many of them feel that the top of their heads is the Milky Way. The fireflies here are not flying fireflies that we see in our country. They are larvae of flying insects. They hang on the rock walls and emit up to 70 sticky, shiny and transparent silk threads. It's wonderful to see fireflies like stars when you enter the cave on a cruise ship. Then there are Maori people singing to everyone in the cave. In this situation, it feels really good and fantastic. We sat quietly on the boat, along the winding Waitomo River, watching the stars in fairyland, gazing at the faint light of countless fireflies, I silently made a wish, hoping that life would be as beautiful as the light of this firefly. Tickets aren't cheap. Looking at them, it looks like $49. So when we went there, we searched the Internet for a long time and planned a one-day tour. We also saw a lot of families. Finally, we made a one-day tour in Huaitomo Firefly Cave, which was decided by Taobao Lazy Cat Travel. Adult price is 222 yuan per person, I calculated, compared to their own tickets to buy, it is cheaper. If you travel one day, you don't have to take care of your own traffic, so it's worth it as a whole. Speaking about travel preparation: I suggest to bring your own skid-proof shoes/boots, waterproof coat and warm coat, because the cave is a little cold inside. Don't touch any stalactites in the cave, and photography is not allowed in the cave. We are looking for their guides to take our photos. It is not allowed to shoot inside, in order to protect the stalactite inside from damage. Oh, by the way, don't bring a lighter and smoke in.

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