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.


  • 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)


  • Allow approximately 3 hours for the whole experience


  • 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.


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


  • 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 November 07 to November 13

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6spaces priced from:

  • Per Person$129.00

6spaces priced from:

  • Per Person$129.00

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  • Per Person$129.00

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yiw2 from United States wrote on 23 November 2019


If you are going to see glowworms, you have to go with glowing Adventures! No one else signed up for our time, so we got a personal 2 people tour. Not rushed, had all the time on the world. We got great explanations and our tour guide even took pictures of us, including a long exposure one that captured the beauty of the glowworms. We were provided with all the clothing/boots we needed, and got cookies and coffee afterwards. It's on their private farm, so the caves were in pristine condition, non-commercialized. Some areas got pretty tight, and required some scrambling, but your tour guide will guide you into the appropriate areas of the cave. Also inevitable to get water in the boots, but felt great and the clothing they supplied kept us at a perfect temperature. All in all one of the best tours we have ever been on! We were also fortunate to come in the spring when it wasn't too busy and get a great $100 dealing 2 days before!

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Thais from Brazil wrote on 30 October 2019

One of the most amazing things I've done

The tour was great! I have never done caving so I was a bit worried, but it was great. This tour is not for the claustrophobics I would say. They gave us all tje equipment and the give took some great pictures of us. It's a small group tour so there are no crowds. One note, I wish I brought some knee protectors 😂

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Thanks Thais, it was lovely to meet you. We LOVE sharing our families backyard with visitors from all over the world everyday. We feel very blessed to have a cool job like this :-)

sara lyamani from Morocco wrote on 20 September 2019

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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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 :-)

Hille Tomas from Australia wrote on 24 March 2020

Absolutely amazing

while a couple of tour operators i had tours with in NZ jazzed up their story in regards to what they have to offer & about the whole experience and then failed to deliver or the tour turned up to be a absolute tourist trap then this tour delivered their promise ten-folds. the tour was ABSOLUTELY amazing. Loved every bit of it and it exceeded all of my expectations. Best tour we took in NZ. Highly recommend them.

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Emma Franks from United Kingdom wrote on 14 March 2020


If I could give this more stars I would. It was such good value for money through The whole experience was brilliant from start to finish . So professional, Ash our guide was brilliant and so much fun but also informative-I felt very safe at all times. I don't think I truelly prepared myself for how beautiful and physical it was going to be, but totally worth it. Also to know that it is echo-friendly and I was not harming the Glowworm or their environment was good. I would hands down recommend this tour out of any of the tours out there for professionalism, personalised and just awesome. Thank you Glowing Adventures it was brilliant 😁

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