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Glowing Adventures Waitomo - Private Glowworm Caving Eco-Tour

An “off the beaten track” 3 hour adventure into the stunning limestone and glow worm caves on our family farm. Waitomo’s top-rated, most authentic glowworm caving experience.

Highlights

  • Amazing glow worm displays!
  • Just the right amount of adventure
  • Away from the crowds
  • Only 2 - 8 people per group!
  • Cameras welcome
  • Authentic eco experience
  • Family owned and operated
  • #1 Trip Advisor rated tour in the Waitomo District

Our personalised 3 hour guided tours are for small groups of 2-8 people. We’ll welcome you to our farmhouse and give you all the clothing, footwear and equipment you need.

You’ll begin your adventure walking through beautiful native bush, climbing over boulders and wading through the freshwater stream that flows into our cave system.

What’s really special about Glowing Adventures is that we have left our caves in their purest and most natural state. With no concrete paths or electric lighting, this is a genuine eco-adventure into the heart of New Zealand’s magical glow worm environment.

Once inside the caves, you can explore magical glow worm displays and stunning limestone formations at your own pace, stopping to take photos along the way. You’re welcome to bring a small camera along on the tour. Your guide will also take great pictures of your adventure which we’ll email you afterwards for free.

After your tour, enjoy a hot shower and refreshments back at the farmhouse. We love meeting new friends from all over the world and sharing our local knowledge and travel tips.

The incredible cave system on our family farm is one of only two in Waitomo classified as ‘of international significance’ by NZ’s Department of Conservation. Come and experience a true piece of New Zealand paradise!

Per Person $159.00

What's included

  • Photos of your adventure
  • Light refreshments
  • All the equipment you’ll need (helmet, head lamp, thermal top, thermal pants, fleece top, shorts, gumboots and socks)

Duration

  • Allow approximately 3 hours 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. Please be aware that Glowing Adventures do not provide any pick up services.

Restrictions

  • Children must be 12 years of age or more. 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 September 24 to September 30

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  • Per Person$99.00

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  • Per Person$129.00

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  • Per Person$79.00

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  • Per Person$129.00

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  • Per Person$149.00

6spaces priced from:

  • Per Person$99.00

4spaces priced from:

  • Per Person$129.00

4spaces priced from:

  • Per Person$129.00

6spaces priced from:

  • Per Person$129.00

6spaces priced from:

  • Per Person$129.00

2spaces priced from:

  • Per Person$129.00

2spaces priced from:

  • Per Person$149.00

6spaces priced from:

  • Per Person$99.00

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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