Sharing our caves with the world

Journey into the caves with us and become part of our world at Waitomo. By seeing them through our eyes, you will soon love them as we do.

Spellbound is a small family owned business. We are cavers and locals and we come with 35 years of experience as cave tour operators in Waitomo. Along the way we have created and innovated Waitomo’s best loved caving experiences. Beginning with the first Black Water Rafting tour in the 1980’s right up to our Spellbound Tours today, we have earned a reputation for absolute quality, best value and the rare ability to immerse our visitors right into the world that we love so much.

Backing us up, our local guides enthusiastically share the same knowledge, enthusiasm and care.

We bring you these caves in partnership with the Mason Family and Graymont Quarry, the cave’s owners. The cave of the Spirit is now protected under a QE2 covenant. The Spellbound Glowworm Cave is a part of Mangawhitikau Cave, a notable cave of New Zealand and a national treasure.

We would also like to acknowledge Ngati Kinohaku the land’s traditional owners, with whom we share a warm friendship. Their contribution of a pou (traditional way marker), their knowledge and support are greatly appreciated.

Spellbound belongs to ACKMA (Australasian Caves and Karst Management Association). We are Qualmark endorsed. Pete received a New Zealand Order of Merit for his contribution to New Zealand tourism, and a New Zealand Walking Access Award for his contribution to improving and caring for the Te Araroa Trail locally.

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