Enter an ancient time vault via an abandoned river gorge. Follow the footsteps of Ngati Kinohaku (local Maori 1849) where they led Dr Thompson deep into the cave on a quest for the bones of extinct giant birds.
The Spirit Cave is old and slowly dissolving away. Tomo or sinkholes are open to the sky, and over many millennia this cave has trapped and hidden away bones of ancient animals that once roamed around Waitomo. More recent bones are found here too – along with stalagmites, stalactites and the remains of a long-abandoned riverbed.
A beautifully formed and lit pathway invites you onwards, taking you further and further into the cave. Naturally and sensitively presented, this cave tour can make you feel like an explorer from a past age.
A personalised tour where you will visit a scenic back-country farm to see both wonderful caves. Marvel at thousands of glow worms as you glide gently downstream in an inflatable raft, and enjoy easy walks through stunning limestone caves and landscape.
Group deal: 9 or more adults:
0 to 14 yrs
For serious photographers - minimum 2 people with a tripod and camera capable of 30 second time exposures. This tour covers the same places as our regular tour, but with adequate time to use your camera in various places, in the time allowed.
Minimum price: $300
A private tour just for you... or for you and a special person, family and friends. We offer this tour as our normal Glowworm and Cave Tour. It can be customised for a special occasion or interest. Please book a private tour by contacting us directly.
Minimum price: $750