Waitomo Caveworld

Waitomo Caveworld

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Cassandra Geyer

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

The cave tubing was a lot of fun. We had a very nice guide, you get warm wetsuits and shoes and there really are a lot of glowworms! Could be a bit less expensive.

Reviewed over 4 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Lengxi

China

Ranking: 8/10

Quite expensive but fun. Expected more adrenaline.

Reviewed about 5 years ago and experienced in February 2016

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Anders Hauke

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

Quite exciting. If someone would like to look at improvements, a little less routine! But very nice!

Reviewed about 5 years ago and experienced in February 2016

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Mijke Boesten

Netherlands

Ranking: 8/10

Really liked it, well organised tour, all about safety.

Reviewed about 5 years ago and experienced in February 2016

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Arvid Hellquist

Sweden

Ranking: 9/10

Good location, only five to ten minute drive with the car. Nice and funny trip!

Reviewed over 6 years ago

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Steven Lotrian

France

Ranking: 9/10

We did five activities at the same time - it was magic.

Reviewed about 7 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Tourist101

Australia

Ranking: 2/10

$99-124 for their '2 hour' tubing 'blackwater rafting' experience was overpriced compared to other offerings.
Their cave is not that impressive physically and there are better tours for seeing actual glowworms (my girlfriend did the Spellbound tour and had a much better time). Time in the cave is also a lot less than you'd expect.
Did get to do the wetsuit-in-water thing with jumps off 2 small waterfalls, but overall not worth it for the price.
If you want to see glowworms, do Spellbound
If you want a good cave, do Aranui Cave & Ruakuri Cave
And if you want adventure do greenglow.co.nz or Haggas Honking Holes

A disappointment, don't recommend

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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kayburns

Australia

Ranking: 9/10

Campbell gave us a fantastic cave tour, he is passionate about the caves & obviously loves his job. We didn't want a commercial type tour with a crowd of people & we couldn't have asked for better. This is a small tour company run by locals & they care very much for the land & the state of the caves which are only a short ride from town. Campbell gave us more than our money's worth & we enjoyed every minute. Very memorable for all the right reasons

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in August 2012

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Alison Rosser

United Kingdom

Ranking: 7/10

Glowworms and black water rafting - a good way of viewing the glowworms, with a bit of extra fun.

Reviewed about 9 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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Helen & Laurence

United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

Very impressive glow worms and cave features - but an expensive day.

Reviewed over 9 years ago and experienced in November 2011

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Kris Gijbels

Belgium

Ranking: 8/10

Black magic tour was nice, guide was very good, only the time of acutal cave time was too short in regards of the price.

Reviewed over 9 years ago and experienced in March 2011

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Barry

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Tom was an excellent guide to R.....caves. The glowworm caves less so, too many people in our group, 39!!

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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Mike

Austria

Ranking: 6/10

It said that the tour would take 3 hours, in fact it was half the time. Perhaps our expectations were too high, glow-worms were fantastic.

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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Kate Thomsen

United States

Ranking: 8/10

Had reservations with another company (Legendary Black Water Rafting Co) but too much rain so river too high. They were great about it but we were thrilled to get on with Cave World. Good experience - guide pretty good but routine seemed a bit tired. Can't blame them.

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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Jim Thomsen

United States

Ranking: 8/10

Waitomo cave tour - fun trip through a river in the cave.

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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Jessie Currie

Canada

Ranking: 7/10

Friendly staff, equipment fairly old and worn (rips in wetsuits). Cave was cool - lots of information from the guide as we went. Cool jump and hydro-slide but got pulled in tubes by instructor where I would rather have gone on own.

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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Stefan Morris

Canada

Ranking: 8/10

The tour was good with a couple of exciting parts, tour guide was funny and enjoyable.

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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Stefanie Halbrock

Germany

Ranking: 5/10

Interesting, but quite expensive.

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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Melanie Armbruster

Germany

Ranking: 6/10

Exceptional experience, but for the high price ($46) a bit short (45 minutes).

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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Henrik Plichta

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Blackwater rafting // Labyrinth

Reviewed over 11 years ago

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M and H Lunn

United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

Great experience - but pricey.

Reviewed over 11 years ago

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Denecke Thorsten

Germany

Ranking: 7/10

Nice, but really too many people ant the tour is too short.

Reviewed over 11 years ago

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X Otte

Netherlands

Ranking: 7/10

walk through the pools (all acid)

Reviewed over 11 years ago and experienced in November 2009

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Hansjoerg Ehrmann

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

We did the "3 of the best". All 3 caves are different and worth to be seen. The walkways in the dark are perfect. Maybe a little more time in the glow worm areas.

Reviewed over 11 years ago and experienced in November 2009

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Andreas Sterki

Switzerland

Ranking: 8/10

Small group, good guide, felt safe, water to low -> not much tubing.

Reviewed over 11 years ago and experienced in November 2009

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Catherine Smiles

England

Ranking: 10/10

Scary but good!

Reviewed over 11 years ago and experienced in June 2009

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Sophie Keate

England

Ranking: 8/10

Fun staff, good equipment

Reviewed over 11 years ago and experienced in July 2009

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Brigette Guikens

Switzerland

Ranking: 10/10

Very interesting tour and friendly tour guides.

Reviewed almost 12 years ago and experienced in March 2009

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Joel

France

Ranking: 9/10

Yet another great experience. office and guides very friendly.

Reviewed almost 12 years ago and experienced in March 2009

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MarielR

United States

Ranking: 9/10

Loved it!

Reviewed almost 12 years ago and experienced in March 2009

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AndrewF78

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Great fun, tubing down the gaves and seeing the glowworms is well recommended - look out for the discount vouchers.

Reviewed almost 13 years ago and experienced in February 2009

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JuliaG1

United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

Great caves, excellent new entry & walkway. A bit too expensive.

Reviewed almost 13 years ago and experienced in February 2009

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Martina

Germany

Ranking: 6/10

We did the Rafting-only tour and were disappointed. The guides were nice, but the rafting was a lot slower and less adventurous than we expected and we felt like a flock of sheep rushed through the caves. If you wanna enjoy Glow Worms and appreciate the caves at your own pace there are better tours than these big commercial ones!

Reviewed about 12 years ago and experienced in April 2009

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DavidMurray

Ireland

Ranking: 8/10

Good value, Disappointing no cameras allowed.

Reviewed about 12 years ago

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RosC

United Kingdom

Ranking: 6/10

To developed felt like a conveyor belt + not enough feeling about it being an incredible natural attraction.

Reviewed about 12 years ago

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EmmaB1

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Did the tuma tuma + enjoyed it.

Reviewed about 12 years ago and experienced in February 2009

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SonjaS

Iceland

Ranking: 10/10

Waitomo caves, tour: black magic. Really good guide, save tour. Lots of fun.

Reviewed about 12 years ago and experienced in February 2009

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ClaudiaK

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Glowworms are awesome - good fun.

Reviewed about 12 years ago and experienced in February 2009

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ArnarF

Iceland

Ranking: 9/10

Great guide, good service. Amazing caves.

Reviewed about 12 years ago and experienced in February 2009

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IanM

United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

Cool. Glowworms are a must.

Reviewed about 12 years ago

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Keith

Ireland

Ranking: 7/10

It was a must see but a bit of an anticlimax. Once a couple of minutes inside its just an hour or more of the same. It is spectacular to see but I think I'd do the Blackwater Rafting instead of the tour next time. And if you didn't know what the glow worms are it would be magical!

Reviewed over 12 years ago

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Rene

Netherlands

Ranking: 7/10

Glowworm cave very brief visit. Ruahuri Cave was more interesting.

Reviewed over 12 years ago

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Paula

United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

Friendly guide who was informative as well as helpful.

Reviewed over 12 years ago

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Teresa

Ireland

Ranking: 10/10

Wow. Freezing (winter) but Wow! Great insight into glowworm caves and a bit of an adventure - remember to bring towels + shampoo. Great soup!!

Reviewed over 12 years ago

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Kay

England

Ranking: 10/10

Black Water Rafting - great and the staff are v cool.

Reviewed over 12 years ago

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Jimmy

Ireland

Ranking: 9/10

Did the black water rafting. It was really good.

Reviewed almost 13 years ago

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Anna

United States

Ranking: 10/10

The best thing I've ever done...so far! The wet caves are the way to go!

Reviewed almost 13 years ago

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sabine

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

It's really fascinating to see the caves and the glowworms.

Reviewed almost 13 years ago

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Elisabeth

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

I did the black water rafting and it was a fantastic experience. We explored the caves by walking, swimming and just sitting in the gum rings.

Reviewed almost 13 years ago

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Terneal King

Australia

Ranking: 7/10

Excellent. Very clear and informative guide. Did 2 caves with this company - both excellent! The glow worms are amazing in mass.

Reviewed almost 13 years ago

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Helen

England

Ranking: 6/10

It didn't meet my expectations as I was expecting a 'rafting' trip. They could make more of an effort to define the activity.

Reviewed almost 13 years ago

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Nicnac

United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

Did 2 things with these guys - the blackwater rafting and the night time abseil. The night time abseil is a definite 10/10 - awesome and exciting. The black water rafting was novel but not thrilling.

Reviewed about 13 years ago

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Mark

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Guides were awesome. Knowledgeable and felt safe. Loads of fun.

Reviewed about 13 years ago

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Joanne M

England

Ranking: 7/10

Thought there'd be more adrenalin, but great fun. Guides told us a lot and we had never done anything like it before so good novelty factor. Sometimes got a bit cold, but felt safe.

Reviewed about 13 years ago

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Anna

Canada

Ranking: 10/10

Guides were really fun.

Reviewed over 13 years ago

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Leila

Canada

Ranking: 9/10

Do it!

Reviewed over 13 years ago

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Lena1

Ranking: 9/10

Heaps of adventures are awaiting you in the cave. Don't be confused, it's not really rafting, but the tube is fun!!

Reviewed over 13 years ago

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Stephanie

Canada

Ranking: 9/10

Lots of fun-definitely worth a trip into the caves.

Reviewed about 13 years ago and experienced in February 2008

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Hanna

Sweden

Ranking: 6/10

Blackwater rafting. Imagined a bit more water action and flow. It could be because they are currently in a drought. Good glow-worm experience.

Reviewed over 13 years ago

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Maree

United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

Black Water Rafting. Good fun! Was cold but that is to be expected.

Reviewed over 13 years ago

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Orlaith

Ireland

Ranking: 9/10

Do the Black Water Rafting. Fantastic experience.

Reviewed over 13 years ago

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Lisa

United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

Black water rafting. Really good fun.

Reviewed over 13 years ago

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Paula Smith

Ireland

Ranking: 7/10

I think it's misleading advertising as the experience is not really rafting. It should be called walk+swim the cave.

Reviewed over 13 years ago

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JanKovar

England

Ranking: 6/10

Black Majic tour.

Reviewed almost 14 years ago and experienced in April 2007