Most beautiful walk that starts from the Waitomo entrance, or a little before at another carpark (Rankers-startpoint). This is LOTR territory, viewwise. I could see Hobbits, Elves and Orks in my imagination. The start is a bit difficult to follow, but just keep walking, you'll find it. It's totally worth it!
If you just want a loop-walk or a nightwalk with glowworms, drive to the Ruakuri Caves carpark. This walk ends there, but this walk is a one way, but walking it back and forth is no punishment. About 2 hours back and forth, add another 30 minutes for the Ruakuri add-on. Both spectaculair (see Ruakuri walk).
Nice walk right after the cave. Rocks and colours, cool landscape, a lovely little river.
Nice walk starting right at the glowworm caves entrance, diverse landscape even though it is only 1 hour (2km return).
Eline-Jessica van der Hoeven
Free walk. Millions of glowworms. Well formed track. Go there just before it is completely dark otherwise it is hard to find the entrance. Real dark - great for shooting stars and the milky way too!
We have done the first part of the walk during the nighttime. We have seen a lot of glowworms. The next day we walked along a river and through caves. All for free and information boards along the walk and toilets and plenty of parking spaces.
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Beautiful walk, very quiet and peaceful.
A short day walk through fields to the Waitomo Caves. You can look into some parts of the caves and even see glowworms in some tunnels at night. Do not miss walking back at sunset and watch a great evening countryside.
Nice little loop walk with some interesting caves to explore.
Took a nightwalk and saw thousands of glowworms and possums. You do not need to spend that much money in the caves to see glowworms.
Other travellers recommended the walk to us. I think it could be signposted a bit more clearly since it looks like an 8 and you can take wrong turns easily. But there were great caves to climb in.
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Exciting bush walk, perfectly maintained, great nature, good information, easy to find.
Great short walk, lovely nature.
Nice short track, about 30 minutes through caves and woods.
2km from Waitomo, 30-45 min walk. Would not miss it! Great nature! One of the most beautiful walking tracks in New Zealand.
So nice! You see glowworms!
Short great walk in a stunning atmosphere.
Just wanted to say this is one of the best short walks (less than one hour) in NZ, and it's FREE. During the day you can explore some of the caves - shine a torch on the walls near the entrance and you will see giant cave wetas. We took our kids for a walk to the bridge at night - WOW! - masses of glow worms on the river bank merge with the stars in the sky, it was a sublime experience.
Really nice, 1 hour walk with natural tunnels. We have heard that it is really romantic at night with the glowworms (we walked it during the day).
Very nice and not too long.
No other tourists and very cool scenery, nice 45 min walk through dense forest and cave formations.
The most beautiful place on earth I have seen so far.
We walked the Ruakuri bushwalk, and were very impressed with the views, stone and limestone formations, caves, underground caverns, stream. It has the WOW factor, and all for free!! Also went to Limestone Bridge, and Marokopa Falls - a great trio to visit, and all free.
Annelie & Martin
Very nice walk beside a little river.
Absolutely beautiful farmland!
Nice bush walk for 30 min during the day, but at night quite magical with thousands of glowworms.
A lot to see, very easy, doesn't take long.
A stunning walk through forests & caves. Amazing scenery, don't miss this one!
Very good walk.