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Glow Worm Caves in Waitomo – Black Water Rafting, Caving, and Jaw Dropping Sights!

I finally did something that I’ve been dreaming of doing for like… ever.

I went to the Glow Worm Caves!

You know, the ones that you’ve heard about on National Geographic and seen on everyones Pinterest board!

And they’re even more incredible in real life!


I got to experience the glow worm caves while peacefully rafting on the underground river. Talk about a perfect day!!

You should have seen my face the first time I saw the glow worms! You couldn’t wipe that smile off my face no matter what. It was incredible and I will never forget that moment!

The day wasn’t all peaceful though.

We were jumping off waterfalls, climbing through small caves, and feeling that adrenaline. I absolutely loved it.The Legendary Black Water Rafting Company 1516 NZ Black Abyss Tubing

The Black Labyrinth tour with The Legendary Black Water Rafting Co. is an absolute must do in New Zealand! They even have more daring rafting tours if you’re up for a challenge!

After our adventures climbing, jumping, and floating, we ended the day with a nice warm shower, soup, and a bagel.black_water_rafting_bagel_waitomo_ciaofelicia

I couldn’t think of a better way to spend an afternoon.


We also did a walk through the Ruakuri cave where you can get photos of the glow worms! It is also fully wheel chair accessible!glow_worm_cave_waitomo_ciaofelicia

This tour was less adventurous, but equally as stunning.

The cave formations and stalactites were the most beautiful that I have ever seen.Ruakuri_cave_glow_worms_waitomo_ciaofelicia

We also got to walk through a part of the cave with the lights off to experience being surrounded by the glow worms. All I can say is you need to experience this for yourself. It’s a feeling like no other!


My weekend at the Waitomo Glow Worm Caves was one of my favorite weekends in a long time. I couldn’t recommend it enough! Check out Black Water Rafting and the Waitomo Glow Worm Caves here!  (They are currently celebrating their 30th anniversary and have some awesome deals!)


What else is there to do near the Waitomo Glow Worm Caves?


Ruakuri Bushwalk– A 30 min loop track with some beautiful views. Walk through some caves and by the river, and do the walk again at night to find some more glow worms!ruakuri_bushwalk_ciaofelicia

Huhu– A delicious restaurant close to the glow worm caves! Sit outside and watch the sunset!huhu_restaurant_waitomo_ciaofelicia

Mangapohue Natural Bridge– A 5 minute walk off the road to a collapsed cave that there is now just one piece of left. Worth the walk!

Marokopa Falls– The prettiest waterfall I have seen in New Zealand so far! If you’re feeling adventurous, take the (probably very muddy) path all the way down to the base of the waterfall! I slipped multiple times, was drenched in waterfall mist, and covered in mud, but this was the highlight of my whole weekend!marokopa_falls_waitomo_ciaofelicia

Hobbiton– A little further of a drive, but a must do in New Zealand! I really enjoyed seeing the set and how beautiful that area is even though I am not a big fan of the movies!hobbiton_hobbit_new_zealand_ciaofelicia


Have you seen glow worms? Tell me about it in the comments!

Interested in some of my other favorite places in New Zealand?  Check out Waiheke Island and Rotorua!


The worms that glow; on Pinterest is where they go!Glow Worm Caves in Watiomo, New Zealand - ciaofelicia

Thank you Black Water Rafting Co for hosting me! As always, all opinions are my own!

Author: ciaofelicia

Hi! I’m Felicia. I am a 23 year old traveler originally from Huntington Beach, CA and currently living in Auckland, New Zealand. I graduated from California State University, Fullerton in May 2016. After graduation, I didn't have a "dream career" in mind, so I followed my heart and have been finding ways to make money as I travel the world ever since! I plan to travel and learn more about the world than I ever did in school. Traveling is a passion of mine. I love seeing the beauty of our world through architecture, nature, and people. I love connecting with people without being able to speak the same language. I love being in an unfamiliar place alone and stepping outside of my comfort zone. But I don’t know what I want to do yet. I plan to travel the world for as long as possible instead of "adulting." Until I figure it out, will you go on this adventure with me?

11 thoughts on “Glow Worm Caves in Waitomo – Black Water Rafting, Caving, and Jaw Dropping Sights!

  1. I love exploring caves! I visited some spectacular river caves in Belize last year and I’ll never forget it! I’d love to see these glow worms, it sounds like such a cool experience!

  2. Pretty pretty! We call them Jonaki in India and even sometimes name our females as Jonaki 🙂 they used to be found in abundance in Kolkata when I was a child. Do not see them anymore. Loved reading your post and looking at the pictures 🙂

  3. Okay this is pretty amazing! I have never seen glowworms before but it is jumping to the top of my bucket list! I have always wanted to go to New Zealand. The only thing stopping me is the costs!! I am going to have to look into the deals that they are having. Thanks for sharing!

  4. New Zealand is definitely a beautiful country to explore. And just like you I’m also dreaming to experience it myself. The glow worms looks magical! Waiting for the time to finally tick it off my list.

  5. You know what? I’d never heard of these caves but how pretty and awesome! I can’t imagine how great it was in real life! NZ is on my bucket list so I’ll definitely try and go here when I finally visit!

  6. I had no idea this was in New Zealand. I hope to visit there in the next couple years so bookmarking this for future 🙂 glow worm caves seem so amazing, I’d love to see them in person. I’d definitely do the water rafting tour!

  7. These caves look magical! I didn’t actually know they were in New Zealand. I’ve added them to my “to-do” list for New Zealand.

  8. This looks and sounds AMAZING! I just got back from a caving adventure in Romania so I know beautiful they can be! But add in glow worms that sounds so surreal. My friend has juust moved there so will be telling about this and going to visit!

  9. I really wish we could have fitted this into our trip, but we did so much in the South Island we had to squash the North Island a bit. I definitely need to do this next time, it looks stunning! (We did see a few glowworms down in Fox Glacier though, we went for a night time walk down a random path to spot them in the woods, but I don’t thin its quite the same thing!)

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