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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 December 15 to December 21

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sara lyamani from Morocco wrote on 20 September 2019

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very nice experience wild and well organized!

we enjoy the nature and wild experience in the cave with our guide Ash. you fully enjoy and have pics of adrelanine once inside. you get your foot wet anyway so just walk normally and learn the trick to empty your boot without removing them :) Highly recommend it if you do want to get totally wet and feel adrelanine. ps they give you clothes and you can have nice hot shower at the end .

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From Glowing Adventures Waitomo - Private Glowworm Caving Eco-Tour

Thanks Sara, we’re so glad you enjoyed your up close encounter with our special glow worms. We’ve been careful not to modify our caves with electric lights or anything else that would disturb them. It keeps it really authentic for our guests too. We hope you enjoyed your email with the complimentary personal photos of your experience :-)

Shelley Dodd from Australia wrote on 31 August 2019

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Best experience

Best experience we have all had. We showed up early so we got to start early. Heath took us other places for extra photos. He made us laugh and had the confidence we could do all the climbing. All round great experience, and would come back again.

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From Glowing Adventures Waitomo - Private Glowworm Caving Eco-Tour

Thanks Shelly so much for your review. We’re so glad you had a great time exploring the glow worm caves we’re lucky enough to have in our backyard! Hope the moving house went well :-)

Angelina Pachler from Austria wrote on 07 May 2019

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Best tour ever!!

It was such an amazing experience!! Our guide Heath was the best! He had so much knowledge of everything: the plants, the caves, the rock formations, and of course the glowworms. It was really interesting and he created a 3 hours tour fitting perfectly to the group size and fitness level of the group. He took pictures all the time and sent them to us afterwards. We could even see the glowworms from a 10cm distance. It was the best decision to book this tour even though it‘s a bit more expensive than waitomo but it‘s not just to see the glowworms, it‘s also an amazing adventure! Everyone of us is still so excited thank you so much for making this day possible for us we had the best time!!! Greetings from the austrian girls Angelina, Miriam, Theresa and bussi von Tabea

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From Glowing Adventures Waitomo - Private Glowworm Caving Eco-Tour

Thank you for taking the time to review us Angelina. Heath loves to show people around our backyard. We call the cave his happy place :-)

Frank from Australia wrote on 15 March 2019

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Cavetastic

Ash was our guide for the Day, and we were lucky to only have a small group of 4. the tour starts with a quick safety briefing and a change of clothing ( required as it gets a bit cold in the caves) then the adventure begins you make your way through a paddock then to a stair which leads you down through to beautiful rain forest like area then down to a fresh water stream which is the start to the caves. Ash is a fantastic guide and is very helpful throughout your experience in the caves i recommend a medium level of fitness as there are no paths or man made walkways nor any lighting. the pay off is fantastic, the glow worms really put on a show. i would definitely go again, but would opt for a night tour.

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William Chambers from United States wrote on 11 March 2019

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Amazing Experience

Never have experienced anything like this before. Had a great time on the tour and got some nice photographs and videos as well.

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