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Spellbound Glowworm & Cave Tours

15 Waitomo Village Road, Waitomo Caves 3977, New Zealand
+64 800 773 552
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WOW!!! So glad we chose this tour instead of Waitomo caves, was a smaller tour visiting 2x caves... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Emma J
Ballina, Australia
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This experience was both awe inspiring and amusing.The cave was awesome and the guide (Tee) was... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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Our tours are friendly, informative and fun. With no more than 12 people on board, raft beneath many thousands of fabulous glowworms to see them at their very best. We visit private caves away from the regular, more commercial tours. Our caves are on a beautiful hill country farm and your guide is also your host, so expect a really enjoyable and memorable tour of our two magical caves.
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Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
15 Waitomo Village Road, Waitomo Caves 3977, New Zealand
+64 800 773 552
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

WOW!!! So glad we chose this tour instead of Waitomo caves, was a smaller tour visiting 2x caves. The tour guide was very informative. I was a little apprehensive getting in the small rubber dingy with 8 others and heading off in to the pitch...More

1  Thank Emma J
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This experience was both awe inspiring and amusing.The cave was awesome and the guide (Tee) was very amusing.Even though you get the feeling that he tells the same jokes day in day out, his delivery was droll enough to make you feel special.The thing I...More

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great guide Norm full of knowledge. Wonderful tour. Saw Weta, glow worms, fossils and Harrier Hawk. Lovely boat ride only max 12 people on tour.

Thank Rachel A
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We spent a pleasant morning with our guide Norman. He drove us on a road in the midst of beautiful rolling hills to the caves. He pointed out other caves on the way and explained to us the geology of this area. One cave has...More

1  Thank K M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is an intimate, up-close experience with the caves. The highlight was a peaceful and lengthy drift down the cavern in darkness, illuminated only by the bioluminescent glow of the glowworm and accompanied by the roar of a distant waterfall. The caverns were stunning, and...More

Thank Robert G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our B&B host recommended Spellbound as far better value than the other big touristy attraction. She was right - we thoroughly enjoyed our Spellbound tour, expertly led by our guide Mangu. A short drive to a local farm, a walk into the glowworm cave plus...More

Thank kim60_11
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

An outstanding way to visit glowworm caves. We did not realize how many different caves there are; with Norm and his crew, we went to what seemed to be basically private, extensive caves with a reasonably small (about 10 people) group. Norm was an amazing...More

Thank Epistemologist
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My family did this tour and had a great experience. The guide was very knowledgeable and the caves themselves were spectacular. The glow worms were really amazing, The tour was well organized and well run. We highly recommend it.

Thank benezet
Reviewed 2 June 2017 via mobile

We loved our trip with spellbound. We passed buses full if people cramming into the caves as we took a beautiful drive to our own private caves. We had a small group which made it more casual and relaxing both caves were stunning. But the...More

Thank Laura R
Reviewed 30 May 2017

Spellbound is the second glowworm tour I have done in NZ and this is hands down the most amazing one of the two. To start with there was just my family (4) and another couple on this particular time slot. I can imagine that bus...More

Thank BigAdventurerUK
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7 February 2017|
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Response from Libby027 | Property representative |
Hi you come to our office in Waitomo, your guide will meet you there and take you on tour in a Transit Van
9 November 2016|
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Response from tntbamford | Reviewed this property |
We did the 3.25 hour tour. Think that's the only one they offer. I'd recommend calling and getting your name on the list as I think they fill up fast. Was a wonderful tour! Free phone (in NZ) is 0800 773 552
28 October 2016|
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Response from Libby027 | Property representative |
Hi there, you are very welcome to talk to your guide and explain about your knees. You can both decide on whether the walks are for you. It's possible to skip them and stay in van if you choose. Inside the cave there are no... More