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Glowing Adventures Waitomo - Intimate, Private Glow Worm Cave Eco-Tour - 3hrs

We are a family in Waitomo that just happens to have an AMAZING world-class glow worm cave system right under our family farm!

Highlights

  • Amazing glow worm displays!
  • Just the right amount of adventure
  • Away from the crowds
  • Small group sizes
  • Cameras welcome
  • Authentic eco experience
  • Family owned and operated
  • Photos, tea, coffee and biscuits included
  • #1 Trip Advisor rated tour in the Waitomo District

Avoid the tourist crowds - on our 3-hour guided, small group tours. You can explore magical glow worm displays and stunning limestone formations in their purest form and at your own pace in our private backyard.

With no concrete paths or electric lighting, this is a genuine natural experience. You’ll be taken through pristine native bush into the heart of New Zealand’s magical glow worm environment.

You’re welcome to bring a small camera along on your tour. We’ll even email you awesome photos of your adventure afterwards for free.

Our staff are friendly and approachable, so there is never a worry with a special request, advice on what to do, or just general chit chat over a cup of coffee.

What are you waiting for? Come and hang out with us to find out what makes this the 5-star experience everyone is talking about!

Per Person $159.00

What's included

  • Photos of your adventure, light refreshments and all the equipment you’ll need. This includes a helmet, head lamp, thermal top, thermal pants, fleece top, shorts, gumboots and socks.

Duration

  • Allow approximately 3 hours duration for the whole experience

Location

  • 1199 Oparure Road, Te Kuiti. Approx 25 mins from Waitomo Caves village, 1 hour from Hamilton and 2 hours from Rotorua.

Restrictions

  • Minimum age 12+ years. Children under 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Notes

  • Please be aware that Glowing Adventures do not provide any pick-up services. IMPORTANT: This tour is not suitable for elderly or anyone with mobility difficulties as it involves climbing over boulders, walking up hills and wading through streams with rocks underfoot. A reasonable level of fitness is required.
  • Cancellations: 90% refund if the tour is cancelled prior to 24hrs. No refund given if you cancel with less than 24hrs notice.

Available Bookings from August 22 to August 28

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4spaces priced from:

  • Per Person$109.00

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  • Per Person$79.00

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  • Per Person$99.00

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  • Per Person$79.00

6spaces priced from:

  • Per Person$129.00

6spaces priced from:

  • Per Person$129.00

6spaces priced from:

  • Per Person$129.00

6spaces priced from:

  • Per Person$109.00

Authenticated Reviews & PhotosAll of our reviews are from people who have booked and paid for this activity thru Bookme

Authenticated Reviews & PhotosAll of our reviews are from people who have booked and paid for this activity thru Bookme

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Cristina Gutierrez from New Zealand wrote on 28 June 2016

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Something truly unique

It is a family owned fairly new activity which has it's pros and cons. Pros is that the groups are small, you get to hear all the explanations and stories from the tour guide/owner, ask all the questions you have and just take the time to see and experience it all. They were organized, provided clothing and it was fun and just so different in a great way.

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Laura Batchelor from New Zealand wrote on 16 November 2017

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Amazing is not a strong enough word!

Do it do it do it!!! Don't look at the others just go here it is the best. So so good. If you want a real showcase of the caves and not a commercialised version you need to check this out. So worth it 😀

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Jacob Bowdon from United States wrote on 03 April 2016

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Best experience in New Zealand.

Both my girlfriend and I felt this was the best experience we had out of traveling for the last 4 months across the world. Didn't feel as though we were getting taken advantage of for our money, and the small group size added imenslely to the experience. Loads of fun 10/10 would gladly do again.

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Zineb from France wrote on 17 February 2016

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One of my best expériences in NZ

Amazing adventure where you start very clean and you end up full of hapiness, a step back in chilhood experiencing glowworms in the darkness, beautiful caves that I wouldnt imagine being there The guide is amazing and the owner very friendly and welcoming Small group of 6 people so you feel the magic of the place without the crowd and v Guys you can't miss that, this adventure is a must do

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Diana Rego from United States wrote on 26 February 2017

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Awesome!

This tour was absolutely amazing. If you like hiking and don't mind getting your hands a little dirty and boots a little wet (they provide the clothing) then this tour is a must. The group was small and personal and the guide was awesome! There was climbing, hiking, really cool scenery and you can't forget the glowworms! I would definitely recommend this tour if you want to see the glowworms, some awesome caves and don't want the crowds. I really can't say enough about this place, it was such an amazing experience!

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