About Us

‘Spellbound Glowworm and Cave Tours’ is privately owned and operated by us, Pete and Libby Chandler. We live and work at Waitomo Caves and have been running cave tours here for 30 years. Our guides and reception staff are also locals who have many years of tourism experience between them.

Pete has a reputation for innovation and excellence in cave tourism, he developed Waitomo’s original Black Water Rafting experience. This business has got new owners now but the tour is essentially an unchanged classic which inspired a number of entrepreneurs to launch their own adventure cave tour businesses in Waitomo and the South Island. In 2006, Pete was awarded the MNZM (New Zealand Order of Merit) for his contribution to Tourism in New Zealand.

Today Spellbound Glowworm and Cave tours is well established as a respected eco tour. Pete and guides are setting high standards and Spellbound has been the number #1 thing to do in Waitomo according to Trip Advisor’s ranking continuously for the past 8 years.

We certainly hope to carry on into the future offering our customers personalized, fun, interesting and memorable tours to Waitomo’s astonishing caves, countryside and glowworms.

Spellbound is a Qualmark endorsed activity. Qualmark assesses safety and professional standards in the New Zealand visitor industry.

Spellbound is a member of ACKMA (Australian Caves and Karst Management Ass.) Pete is a life member.

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