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Waitomo Caves Tours and Activities

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With dramatic limestone formations, gigantic stalactites and stalagmites, and subterranean river, New Zealand's Waitomo Caves hold adventure at every turn. This network of underground caverns is one of the best places in New Zealand to spot glowworms, and the glittering creatures provide a magical backdrop to the caves' natural wonders.

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Black Water Rafting Experience Waitomo Caves Tour

Black Water Rafting Experience Waitomo Caves Tour

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Go Waitomo black-water rafting (cave tubing) for a memorable adventure in the Waitomo Caves. Choose a 3-hour Labyrinth experience that takes you floating underground on an inner tube, including a small waterfall jump. Or upgrade to the 5-hour Black Abyss for an exhilarating abseil (rappel) down limestone walls; instruction and equipment included. The resident glowworms, stalactites and stalagmites will amaze you! Finish with a hot shower, soup and bagel.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$109.87
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$109.87
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Waitomo Caves Adventure from Auckland or Rotorua

Waitomo Caves Adventure from Auckland or Rotorua

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Experience the thrill of black-water rafting and caving in a safe yet challenging environment. Choose among several exhilarating underground adventures at Waitomo Caves. Accompanied by an expert guide, you can go cave tubing among glowworms, rappel down into the labyrinth, or do both. Prepare for a one-of-a-kind tour with an option to suit any adventurous spirit. Travel round-trip from either Auckland or Rotorua, with hotel pickup available.
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  • 13 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$269.54
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Hobbiton Movie Set and Waitomo Glowworm Caves Day Trip from Auckland

Hobbiton Movie Set and Waitomo Glowworm Caves Day Trip from Auckland

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Visit a pair of New Zealand's must-see attractions with this combo tour from Auckland to the Hobbiton Movie Set and Waitomo Glowworm Caves. Peek into Hobbit Holes, frolic in the Shire, and get a drink at the Green Dragon Inn on a guided tour of Middle-earth, followed by a Kiwi-style lunch. In the afternoon, explore Maori myths and history on a boat ride through mesmerizing caves lit by thousands of glowworms, and finish with a drive through some of the North Island’s most majestic scenery.
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  • 11 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$174.33
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Rotorua to Auckland Afternoon Transfer with Waitomo Glow Worms

Rotorua to Auckland Afternoon Transfer with Waitomo Glow Worms

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Make the most of your trip from Rotorua to Auckland with a tour of Waitomo Glowworm Caves, a fascinating network of flooded caverns lit by bioluminescent glowworms. You’ll travel by comfortable minibus from your hotel in Rotorua to your centrally-located Auckland hotel, pausing in Waitomo for a boat tour of the Waitomo Glowworm Caves. This 6-hour tour includes all transport and entrance fees, and it’s limited to 15 people for a more personal experience.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$172.05
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Hobbiton, Rotorua and Waitomo Caves Day Trip in Luxury Minibus from Auckland

Hobbiton, Rotorua and Waitomo Caves Day Trip in Luxury Minibus from Auckland

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Cover plenty of ground in one day by combining several North Island highlights: Waitomo Caves, Hobbiton, and Rotorua. Ride a boat through the Waitomo Glowworm Caves to see these radiant lights. Take a guided tour of the Hobbiton Movie Set, where you find the Green Dragon Inn, the Mill and the home of Bilbo Baggins from ‘The Hobbit’ and ‘The Lord of the Rings.’ Enjoy lunch at Te Puia, home to Pohutu Geyser. You can start and finish your tour in either Auckland or Rotorua, traveling one-way or round-trip.
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  • 13 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$338.07
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Tauranga Shore Excursion: Waitomo Caves and The Kiwi House

Tauranga Shore Excursion: Waitomo Caves and The Kiwi House

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Explore one of the North Island’s most impressive natural wonders and see the national symbol of New Zealand on this shore excursion from Tauranga. Walk through the caves to see stalagmites and stalactites before boarding a small boat to the incredible Waitomo Caves, filled with glittering glow-worms. Then visit the Otorohanga Kiwi House to learn more about the native birds. Port pickup and drop-off is included.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$180.31
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Waitomo Glowworm Caves Guided Tour

Waitomo Glowworm Caves Guided Tour

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Come visit a New Zealand attraction that’s sure to have you ‘glowing’ during this 45-minute small-group guided boat ride through the famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves. Glide by boat through this underground complex, enjoying a light show put on by the millions of tiny bioluminescent insects hanging above. As an added bonus, many of the trip guides are of Maori descent, adding unique historical context to your visit.
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  • 45 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$40.29
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$40.29
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2-Day Hobbiton, Rotorua, Waitomo Caves Tour from Auckland with Accommodation

2-Day Hobbiton, Rotorua, Waitomo Caves Tour from Auckland with Accommodation

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Combine three of New Zealand’s most popular attractions on this 2-day tour from Auckland. Step into Middle Earth on a tour of the Hobbiton movie set from 'Lord of the Rings,' explore the geothermal landscapes of Rotorua, and cruise through the Waitomo Glowworm Caves. This great-value tour includes hotel pickup, some meals, and overnight accommodation in Rotorua.
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  • 2 days
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$724.98
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Hobbiton & Waitomo Caves Small Group Tour from Auckland

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Hobbiton & Waitomo Caves Small Group Tour from Auckland

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The fictional, yet globally famous, village of Hobbiton and the Waitomo Caves rank among the most popular sites of interest in New Zealand. On this tour, visit both sites in one day—see the home of Bilbo Baggins and explore Waitomo’s subterranean caverns—and enjoy personal attention from your guide on this small-group tour—limited to 12 people.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$175.21
$219.01
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75-Minute Guided Ruakuri Cave Tour Waitomo

75-Minute Guided Ruakuri Cave Tour Waitomo

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The Waitomo Glowworm Caves are among the most visited attractions of New Zealand’s North Island and Ruakuri Cave is the longest of the underground caves. Explore the magnificent cave on this 75-minute guided walking tour and marvel at the unique rock formations, subterranean rivers, and thousands of glittering glowworms.
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  • 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$57.87
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Waitomo Caves & Rotorua Small Group Tour including Te Puia from Auckland

Waitomo Caves & Rotorua Small Group Tour including Te Puia from Auckland

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The Waitomo Caves and Rotorua rank among New Zealand’s top attractions, offering natural beauty, geothermal features, and native culture in equal measure. Ideal for travelers short on time, this adventurous tour takes in both sites in the same day, with entry fees plus round-trip transport from Auckland included. Discover subterranean stalagmites at the famous Waitomo Caves and hit top Rotorua attractions including the Government Gardens and Lake Rotorua.
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  • 13 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$240.99
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5-Day New Zealand North and South Island Highlights Tour

5-Day New Zealand North and South Island Highlights Tour

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Journey by coach, ferry and railway from the North Island to the South Island of New Zealand during this 5-day trip from Auckland to Christchurch, or vice versa. Ride a boat into the Waitomo Glowworm Caves; see the geothermal wonderland at Te Pua and the Agrodome Sheep Show in Rotorua; take the Interislander ferry across Cook Strait from Wellington; and hop on a Coastal Pacific train from Picton to Kaikoura, where you’ll watch giant sperm whales at play. Enjoy overnight accommodation in Rotorua, Wellington and Kaikoura.
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  • 5 days
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$1,351.54
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Hobbiton, Waitomo, Rotorua & Taupo 2-Day Small Group Tour from Auckland

Hobbiton, Waitomo, Rotorua & Taupo 2-Day Small Group Tour from Auckland

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Get an early start from Auckland to access some of the best sites in the central North Island. Absorb the dark glitter of the Waitomo Caves, the pint-size houses of the set of The Hobbit at 'Hobbiton', and the bubbling geothermal activity of Rotorua and Taupo. Overnight accommodation is sorted for you and the drive goes much quicker with the on board commentary.
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$549.37
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Rotorua and Waitomo Caves Day Trip from Auckland

Rotorua and Waitomo Caves Day Trip from Auckland

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Take in two of New Zealand’s top attractions in one day on this Rotorua and Waitomo Caves day trip from Auckland. Visit Rotorua with a guide and take in key sites including Te Puia and the Maori Arts and Crafts Institute. After lunch, admire fine views over Lake Rotorua on route to the famous Waitomo Caves. During your boat ride, gain insight into the caves’ geological significance and marvel at the luminescent glow worms illuminating the dark caves. Upgrade to include the Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland to your small-group tour.
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  • 13 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$280.23
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3-Day Wellington to Auckland Tour

3-Day Wellington to Auckland Tour

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Travel from Wellington to Auckland on a 3-day tour that stops in Rotorua for two nights of provided accommodation. You'll explore the attractions of Rotorua such as Te Puia, Rainbow Springs, and the Agrodome, plus check out the glowworm caves of Waitomo. This tour allows you to skip the hassle of finding your own way to Auckland so you can relax and enjoy a pre-planned journey. Please note: this is a one-way tour that does not return to Wellington.
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  • 3 days
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$675.40
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Waitomo Caves Tour from Auckland

Waitomo Caves Tour from Auckland

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Discover your moment of magic in the Waitomo Glowworm Caves - This private small group tour from Auckland to New Zealand's famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves on a guided boat trip - Learn the science behind these mysterious glowing creatures, known as 'Arachnocampa luminosa' - Marvel at a virtual 'constellation' of glowworms above your head in the Glowworm Grotto Explore this massive cave complex on foot, including a chance to visit Cathedral Cave - Hear about the geology and history of the caves from your guide
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$187.07
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Hobbiton Movie Set,Waitomo Glowworm cave & Rotorua in a Small Group Tour.

Hobbiton Movie Set,Waitomo Glowworm cave & Rotorua in a Small Group Tour.

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Travellers with limited time will enjoy this action packed day of visiting three attractions in a private day tour from Auckland. You will enjoy your visit to the sets of ‘Lord of The Rings’ and Hobbit movies, discover how a 12 acre sheep farm was turned into a movie set, getting a glimpse of behind the scenes secrets of how the movies were made, then enjoy the countryside of scenic hills and valleys to the wonderland of Rotorua. The sight, sound and colours of the volcanic areas are amazing. The Pohutu geyser is stunning when it erupts. Waitimo Glowworm Caves is mesmerising with its thousands of Glowworms unique only to New Zealand. Your journey through the countryside of New Zealand takes in the lush greenery of rolling hillsides and scenic mountains and valleys with its different animals following New Zealand’s longest river ‘Waikato River’ to Auckland City and your Hotels.
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  • 13 hours 30 minutes
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$394.42
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Hobbiton Movie Set & Glow-Worm Cave Tour from Auckland (Return Trip)

Hobbiton Movie Set & Glow-Worm Cave Tour from Auckland (Return Trip)

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Combine two popular North Island attractions in one day: Hobbiton Movie Set and Waitomo Glowworm Caves. Skip the hassle of organizing your own transport and itinerary, and leave the crowds behind as you travel with a small group limited to nine passengers. Hotel transport is provided, round-trip from downtown Auckland.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$208.76
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4-Day Wellington to Auckland via Rotorua Tour

4-Day Wellington to Auckland via Rotorua Tour

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An independent four-day tour package departing Wellington daily with three nights 4 to 4.5 star accommodation in Rotorua and Auckland. Visit some of the best attractions in Rotorua including Te Puia, with its impressive geysers, bubbling mud pools, and cultural Maori performances, as well as a working New Zealand farm and nature reserve which showcases our native wildlife. Visit the famous Hobbiton Movie Set for a fully guided tour of this unique attraction as well as a boat tour through the Waitomo Glowworm Caves, where hundreds of tiny glowworms lights guide the way. Finally, enjoy a sightseeing tour of Auckland on the final day. Hotel pick-ups and drop-offs are included for all transfers and activities listed.
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  • 4 days
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$825.65
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Hobbiton Movie Set and Waitomo Glowworm Caves Small-Group Day Tour From Rotorua

Hobbiton Movie Set and Waitomo Glowworm Caves Small-Group Day Tour From Rotorua

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Experience two of New Zealand's top attractions in one day. Travel on a small-group tour from Rotorua to Waitomo Glowworm Caves where an official guide explains the natural features. Then explore the Shire at the Hobbiton Movie Set, and hear behind-the-scenes stories from “The Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit” trilogies. Visit Bilbo’s hobbit hole and enjoy a drink at the Green Dragon Inn.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$201.44
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3-Day Waitomo Caves, Rotorua and Taupo Tour from Auckland

3-Day Waitomo Caves, Rotorua and Taupo Tour from Auckland

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Discover the North Island on a 3-day guided coach tour, traveling round-trip from Auckland. Experience the magical luminescence of thousands of glowworms during an underground boat ride at Waitomo Glowworm Caves. In Rotorua, visit the Agrodome and experience geothermal wonders like Pohutu Geyser at Te Puia, then learn about Maori traditions with a cultural performance. Enjoy sightseeing at the picturesque lakeside setting of Taupo including its top attraction: Huka Falls. Two nights’ accommodation with hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
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  • 3 days
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$900.78
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Hobbiton & Waitomo Caves Exclusive Luxury Day Tour From Auckland

Hobbiton & Waitomo Caves Exclusive Luxury Day Tour From Auckland

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Take a break from the bustle of Auckland on a private day trip to Waitmoto with door-to-door transport and lunch included. Going with a chauffeur eliminates the stress of navigating and allows you take in sweeping views of New Zealand’s natural landscape along the way. Included on the day’s itinerary are a tour of the Lord of the Rings Hobbiton set, a nature walk at Lake Karapiro, and a stop at the Waitmoto Glowworm Caves.
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  • 8 to 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$503.35
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North Island Four-Day Highlights Tour from Auckland

North Island Four-Day Highlights Tour from Auckland

Experience the best of New Zealand’s North Island during this 4-day, 3-night, sightseeing excursion. Discover the capital city of Auckland, the famous ‘Hobbiton’ movie set, Waitomo Caves, the Bay of Islands, the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, and much more. Three nights of accommodations, air-conditioned coach transport, and entrance fees are covered.
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  • 4 days
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$1,051.04
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Private Tour: Waitomo Caves Day Trip from Auckland

Private Tour: Waitomo Caves Day Trip from Auckland

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Visit Waitomo Caves and get acquainted with Auckland, the so-called ‘City of Sails,’ on this private, full-day tour. After a panoramic tour of New Zealand’s largest city, you’ll be whisked away, past rolling hills, farmland and the Waikato River, to Waitomo Caves. Tour the cave network and learn about its history from your guide, then get up close to the glowworms during a magical boat ride through the Glowworm Grotto. This tour includes the services of your own personal guide and private vehicle.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$393.38
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What are Waitomo Caves hours of operation?
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Waitomo Caves hours of operation: Open daily. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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Should I book Waitomo Caves tickets in advance?
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Waitomo Caves can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 87 Waitomo Caves tickets and tours on Viator.
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How much does it cost to visit Waitomo Caves 2021?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Waitomo Caves costs USD 40.29. Guided Waitomo Caves tours start around USD 40.29 per person. See all 87 Waitomo Caves tickets and tours on Viator.
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