Add dates
Waitomo

Ecotourism

Our most recommended Waitomo Ecotourism

Waitomo: Glowworm Cave 3-Hour Guided Eco-Tour

1. Waitomo: Glowworm Cave 3-Hour Guided Eco-Tour

Get off the beaten track on this intimate 3-hour tour through some of New Zealand's natural wonders. Start with a brief walk through native bush and the scenic Mangapu gorge.  Hike through beautiful native New Zealand forest, wade through freshwater streams, climb over boulders, and explore untouched limestone caves and spectacular rock formations. Enjoy the mesmerizing glowworm displays in privately owned caves that remain unspoiled by paths or electric lights.  Finish up your tour with a shower, a hot cup of coffee or tea, and some light refreshments. 

From Auckland or Rotorua: Hobbiton and Cave Rafting Day Trip

2. From Auckland or Rotorua: Hobbiton and Cave Rafting Day Trip

Get picked up from your accommodation or an agreed-upon meeting point in Auckland or Rotorua and set off for Hobbiton. Upon arrival, you'll have some time to get something to eat or explore the Shires Rest souvenir shop before joining a two-hour walking tour of the Hobbiton Movie Set, which includes a complimentary drink at the Green Dragon Inn.  Transfer to the movie set on one of the tour operator's buses and hear about how this set was used for all filming of both "The Lord of the Rings" and the "The Hobbit" movies. After the tour, take 15 minutes to relax in the Green Dragon Inn before traveling to Waitomo Caves. Between the two stops, you'll have time to enjoy your picnic lunch. At Waitomo Caves, join a group of up to 12 people on the Black Labyrinth tour, which includes cave tubing and caving in the river that runs through the bottom of the Ruakuri Cave. After arriving at the cave, you will be given a briefing on the art of cave tubing before starting your rafting excursion. Float through a glow-worm grotto, jump over small waterfalls, and enjoy other adrenalin-filled experiences. The tour runs about three hours, 1.5 of which are underground.  Rejoin the main transport for the day and travel to your drop-off destination. On some occasions, the activities may be reversed. After you have completed the final activity, you will be taken to Auckland or Rotorua. You can start and finish in the same place, or choose to make this a one-way journey beginning or ending in Auckland or Rotorua.

Frequently asked questions about Waitomo Ecotourism

What are other things to do than Ecotourism that are worth visiting in Waitomo?

The other unmissable things to do in Waitomo are:

What are the best Waitomo Ecotourism?

Which Waitomo Ecotourism are taking additional COVID-19 precautions?

These Waitomo Ecotourism are taking additional COVID-19 precautions:

Other Sightseeing Options in Waitomo

Want to discover all there is to do in Waitomo? Click here for a full list.

What people are saying about Waitomo

Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 7 reviews

Have done quite a few of the caves in this area and this cave trip has to be the best. Cave is in its raw state, some narrow passage ways, sometimes walking in the creek. Fossils. Excellent stuff. My 14 year old grandson was just buzzing with the experience. 3 hour tour. Great tour guide we had (Ashley) Excellent, friendly company to deal with

Excellent tour with tons of glow worms. Experienced caving and the glow worms in a small group away from the crowds. One of a kind great experience. Tour guide Heath was phenomenal, knowledgeable, and fun. Sarah was fantastic prepping us and providing snacks and coffee/tea after. Highly recommend!

a really unique experience with small groups, where the guide takes his time for everyone and gives lots of background information. We found this experience just amazing.

Absolutely wonderful experience with an excellent guide and small group

Recommend this highly. Will definitely be a repeat activity for us.