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Glowworm Caving Adventure Tour in Waitomo

  • Explore untouched, internationally recognized glowworm caves in Waitomo
  • Enjoy an authentic glowworm caving adventure—hiking, wading, and more
  • All equipment—including boots, caving helmet, and headlamp—is included
Glowworm Caving Adventure Tour in Waitomo
From US$110.56
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Waitomo is home to many glowworm caves, some more commercially developed than others. On this authentic caving adventure, explore subterranean caverns recognized by the New Zealand Department of Conservation—with no concrete paving or electric lighting—and see glowworms in their natural setting. Your adventurous guided tour includes all equipment, plus a hot shower and complimentary photos.
What to Expect
Meet your guide at the Waitomo caving base and begin your adventure in one of only two caves in the Waitomo district recognized by the New Zealand Department of Conservation as having international significance.

Put on warm layers, boots, helmet, and headlamp, and venture into the underground caverns with your guide. This part of the cave system is completely untouched, without concrete paving, electricity, or handrails—you are completely immersed in the natural world.

Clamber over boulders, hike up rocky inclines, and wade through shallow streams. As you navigate the terrain, marvel at the spectacular sight of billions of bright green glowworms twinkling on the cavern roof. As you explore, listen as your guide sheds light on the glowworms’ behavior and lifecycle.

After two hours exploring the caves, return to base for a warming shower. Your tour ends after you collect the photographs that your guide took during your adventure.

Please note: This tour is not suitable for anyone with mobility difficulties. A reasonable level of fitness is required.
Reviews (64)
1 - 5 of 57 reviews
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile
Wowza! Incredible!

A family-run establishment with excellent guiding and amazing glow worm viewing. It was a living milky way! Unlike other tours in the area, with this one you get to spend time appreciating the beauty of the cave and little fabulous worms. Extra perk is that...More

Thank slversun
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile
Fantastic fun

Just got back from a month tour of New Zealand. This tour was one of the highlights of many that we experienced. Small group only 4 that morning attended to by 2 knowledgeable and friendly guides. The trek down through into the cave system just...More

Thank norm65
Reviewed 1 week ago
Great Experience

Heath was very kind and was an excellent guide through the caves. He took amazing pictures of us with the glowworms and knew a great deal about the cave and the worms. I specially enjoyed the small intimate group. Worth every penny!

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Meghan O
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile
Only way to see the Glowworms

Absolutely fantastic!! I did a 3 hour caving tour with Glowing Adventures after a bit of online research. If you want to see amazing glowworms and not deal with large crowds, this company is simply the best. Our guide, Ash, was extremely friendly, helpful, and...More

Thank apimentel
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
This is the Real Deal

Get away from the tourist traps and do some real caving! It was my first time, and they provided all the gear and an excellent guide, Heath. Even beginners can do it. The cave is right underneath their family farm, and remains in its natural...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Ankit A
27 June 2018|
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Response from Michelle B | Property representative |
It depends what time of the year. 1pm in the winter months and 6.30pm in the peak summer month. 2.30pm the rest of summer.
17 May 2018|
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Response from Z9509NXbrianp | Reviewed this property |
About 3 hours in total - 2 hours in the cave.