Waitomo Walkway

Waitomo Walkway

Waitomo Walkway

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Flatlanders

Ranking: 10/10

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).

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Markus Wagner

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Nice walk right after the cave. Rocks and colours, cool landscape, a lovely little river.

Reviewed about 3 years ago and experienced in January 2017

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Julia Achatz

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

Nice walk starting right at the glowworm caves entrance, diverse landscape even though it is only 1 hour (2km return).

Reviewed about 3 years ago and experienced in January 2017

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Eline-Jessica van der Hoeven

Ranking: 10/10

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!

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in November 2016

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Eline

Netherlands

Ranking: 9/10

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.

Reviewed about 4 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Mark Rosema

Netherlands

Ranking: 9/10

Beautiful walk, very quiet and peaceful.

Reviewed about 4 years ago and experienced in January 2016

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Anna Fath

Germany

Ranking: 7/10

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.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Dave Lamb

Canada

Ranking: 8/10

Nice little loop walk with some interesting caves to explore.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Fides

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

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.

Reviewed over 5 years ago

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Simon Mehlmann

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

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.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Andreas Garbin

Switzerland

Ranking: 10/10

Exciting bush walk, perfectly maintained, great nature, good information, easy to find.

Reviewed over 7 years ago

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Bodil Andersen

Denmark

Ranking: 9/10

Great short walk, lovely nature.

Reviewed over 7 years ago

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Pietersen

Netherlands

Ranking: 8/10

Nice short track, about 30 minutes through caves and woods.

Reviewed over 7 years ago

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Rob Klauer

Netherlands

Ranking: 9/10

2km from Waitomo, 30-45 min walk. Would not miss it! Great nature! One of the most beautiful walking tracks in New Zealand.

Reviewed about 8 years ago and experienced in March 2012

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Martin Guillaume

France

Ranking: 10/10

So nice! You see glowworms!

Reviewed about 8 years ago and experienced in March 2012

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A Sorg

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Short great walk in a stunning atmosphere.

Reviewed about 8 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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huggyfamily

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

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.

Reviewed about 8 years ago and experienced in April 2011

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Eline Vakentijn

Netherlands

Ranking: 8/10

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).

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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Samplonius

Netherlands

Ranking: 9/10

Very nice and not too long.

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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Lee Lloyd

United States

Ranking: 8/10

No other tourists and very cool scenery, nice 45 min walk through dense forest and cave formations.

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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Binder

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

The most beautiful place on earth I have seen so far.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Robin

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

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.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Annelie & Martin

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Very nice walk beside a little river.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Nadia Husain

United States

Ranking: 9/10

Absolutely beautiful farmland!

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Ralf Genthe

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Nice bush walk for 30 min during the day, but at night quite magical with thousands of glowworms.

Reviewed over 10 years ago and experienced in January 2010

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Chris Mackamul

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

A lot to see, very easy, doesn't take long.

Reviewed over 10 years ago and experienced in November 2009

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Ulyate

South Africa

Ranking: 8/10

A stunning walk through forests & caves. Amazing scenery, don't miss this one!

Reviewed over 10 years ago and experienced in November 2009

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vernenal

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Very good walk.

Reviewed almost 11 years ago