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A Manatū Taonga audio guide to the Waitomo caves. Check out the Ministry for Culture and Heritage's audio guide in the image carousel above.

The limestone Waitomo Caves attract over 400,000 visitors a year to their spectacular glow-worm grotto and caverns. The cave system was first explored in 1887, and from 1905 it was managed by the New Zealand government's Tourist Department. Today black-water rafting is popular with more
adventurous visitors.


Limestone country: caves,

Glow-worm grotto, wonder of the world,


Government and tourist hotels,

Photographs courtesy of Discover Waitomo. Images may not be reused without permission.

Ruakuri Cave

The Legendary Black Water Rafting

Black Abyss

Black Labyrinth

Waitomo Glowworm Caves

Waitomo Glowworm Caves Visitor Centre

Roadside Stories are a series of audio guides to places of interest on major road trips in New Zealand. Each guide tells the story of an attraction along the way -- its people, its history, its cultural and natural significance. For more information about Roadside Stories visit

Map showing The Glories of Waitomo - Roadside Stories