Spellbound is open for tours daily throughout levels 1 and 2.

Spellbound Glow Worm Cave

Spellbound Glow Worm CaveA glow worm paradise

New Zealand’s very best glowworm experience.  Enjoy a long and gentle boat ride beneath a galaxy of glowworms. Avoid the crowds by joining our small group tours in private caves.Discover something new. We’re close by Waitomo Caves, and a little off the beaten track, visiting a rugged and scenic limestone studded farm.

Our glowworm displays are truly spectacular, we put the lights out for at least 20 minutes so you can enjoy glowworms at their very best.

Spellbound is a locally owned family business, we really care about giving you the glowworm tour of your dreams.

Our tours are safe and completely suitable for everyone from young children to older folk. Bring a camera for some photos and let us give you wonderful memories of Waitomo.

Our Tours


Departing from The Cottage, 334 Boddies Rd Duration 145 minutes approx. Max 12 people.

Explore your way to our new departure point located close to the caves. The quick, 7 minute  drive off State Highway 3 brings you to our office. You will see both spectacular caves and you’re guaranteed an absolutely memorable glowworm experience. Photography is allowed and hot drinks are served on tour.  

  • Adult: $65 NZD


  • Children: $24 NZD 0 to 14 yrs


Departing from 334 Boddies Rd. Duration 85 mins approx. Max 12 people

This Glowworm Cave only tour also departs from our new office, located a quick 7 minute drive off State Highway 3. Don’t miss the breath taking spectacle of thousands of glowworms lighting up an entire cave. Photography is allowed.

  • Adult: $50 NZD

  • Children: $20 NZD

    0-14 yrs


Departing from the Waitomo General Store, Waitomo. 195 minutes approx. Max 12 people.

Starting in Waitomo Village, we take you by van on the classic tour of our two unique caves, The Spellbound Glowworm Cave and The Cave of the Spirit. Photography is allowed and hot drinks are served on tour.

  • Adult: $75 NZD

  • Children: $26 NZD

    0 to 14 yrs


Departing from 334 Boddies Rd. 145 minutes approx. Max 12 people, min 1 person.

A private tour ensures that you enjoy an exclusive tour all to yourselves! Bring your own group, and enjoy our classic Spellbound Glowworm and Cave tour, which can be customized to a special occasion or ideal for keen photographers who would like to take their time getting the perfect glowworm shot. Please contact us directly to arrange your own Private Tour.

  • Total: $400 NZD

    A special price offer during border closure (normally $650)

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What out visitors have to say

Definitely THE tour to go with! ?? Hop was amazing, very knowledgeable and friendly. They meet at the center of town right next to the cafe so you can use the restroom before you jump in the van for 20 minutes and head to the first cave. They have hot chocolate tea and coffee halfway on the tour with some delicious cookies ?? You can also meet them by helicopter if you want. The groups were of 12 people which makes it very intimate and everyone gets to take a picture. Knowledgeable staff!
Mark Robinson
Mark Robinson
07:57 28 Mar 19
Amazing and intimate tour as there is only a maximum of 12 people. our tour guide was so knowledgeable and friendly, telling us all about the area and the history of the caves. We visited a two caves that are not visited by the normal tourist masses. And the glow worm tunnel was something to behold!! If you are in Waitomo you should definitely book this tour
Freya Howle
Freya Howle
21:03 28 Mar 19
Definitely the best guided glowworm and caves tour in Waitomo, would recommend to anyone visiting New Zealand. Our guide Anna was a local to the area of which there is only 50 locals so she was incredibly knowledgeable about the area and all the cave systems, she was also very friendly and patient. The tour was an easy pace Andrew something everyone could do. Spellbound has access to some incredible cave systems with one that is over 13kms long. There's a great boat ride which you take in the cave that provides some incredible access to see some the most amazing glow worms in the world.
Ryan Mills
Ryan Mills
04:15 25 Apr 19
This tour guide group has a maximum 12 people per tour. We were driven to the cave about 20 mins away. There were two caves we toured; the first by boat, and the second was a trek. The boat ride viewed thousands of glow worms! We highly recommend Spellbound and our tour guide, Norm!!
Christina Rodriguez
Christina Rodriguez
01:16 21 Mar 19
Very beautiful scenery and Hop was excellent. Very knowledgeable and great sense of humour. Tour started very quickly with next to no paperwork. Sign in on tablet and if everyone is present then the tour starts. Small group too (~8 people) so felt more relaxed
David Le
David Le
18:07 26 Oct 19