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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$108.70
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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.
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1 - 5 of 41 reviews

Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

This is every bit of amazing!! Absolutely beautiful and spectacular in every way! The guide was awesome, it was laid back, you weren’t rushed and could enjoy just the right amount thrill vs amazement. Absolutely one of my life highlights!

Thank Monique L
Reviewed 13 August 2018
Amazing Birthday Experience!

An awesome caving adventure! We were lucky enough for it to just be the two of us. The guide was very personable and knowledgeable. We had just the best time. Pros: Small group it's freaking caving! they provide all the clothes and gear, so you...More

Thank KatherineD1585
Reviewed 1 August 2018
Highly recommended, Excellent trip.

There is an abundance of companies offering cave visits around Waitomo. I can’t comment on the others other than to say that they like big concerns with large groups. Glowing Adventure on the other hand is a small family business leading tours on the cave...More

Thank W4lking
Reviewed 29 June 2018
Adventure in a small group

A nice trip though the cave off the beaten track. We took a three hour tour in a small group, so we had plenty of time to explore the cave and see lots of glowworms and nice features of the cave. You need to climb...More

Thank Martin W
Reviewed 26 May 2018
I can't overstate how good this tour was

If you want a sanitised, quick tour of some glow worm caves, walking along boardwalks with a busload of other people, then go elsewhere. If you are the sort of person who is happy to be kitted out in thermals, gumboots, jacket and safety helmet...More

Thank oznewbie
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Ankit A
27 June 2018|
Response from CC47 |
Ankit, I have never been there before, but in my research for my upcoming trip in the fall, I believe it closes at 5 p.m. up to Oct. 31 and Nov. 1- March 31 the last tour is 5:30 p.m.
17 May 2018|
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Response from Z9509NXbrianp | Reviewed this property |
About 3 hours in total - 2 hours in the cave.