Waitomo Caves

Sticky silk threads dangle in cave entrance.

Waitomo Caves is a quiet little village in the Northern King County. It’s surrounded by hillsides of green grass and native forests, all fairly typical at first glance, though anything but typical when you begin to explore more carefully.

Our region is riddled with caves, gorges and rivers that unexpectedly disappear underground. Glowworms inhabit the 200 or more caves known in the area and also forests and stream banks. Waitomo is a glowworm paradise and glowworms are the main attraction drawing visitors to our village.

In 2005, Waitomo became the focus of two BBC film crews, one for the Sir David Attenborough’s Life in the Undergrowth series and the other, for the Planet Earth – ‘Caves’ documentary. Glowworms were the subject both crews wished to capture as never before. After checking their options they requested permission to film in the Spellbound Glowworm Cave. Consequently Spellbound’s glowworm display is featured in documentaries placing it among some of the most wonderous caves in the world.

To take an in depth look at our fascinating region, spend some time here and go beyond the beat of the average day tripper. This is not hard to do. Intriguing back roads and beautifully built walkways lead you into unexpected corners everywhere. Everything is explained in the Waitomo Discovery Centre. There’s a great range of accommodation and good food in Waitomo and for the most memorable glowworm experience available, we have wonderful guides to take you underground with Spellbound Glowworm and Cave Tours.