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3-Hour Private Photography Tour in Waitomo Caves provided by Glowing Adventures

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3-Hour Private Photography Tour in Waitomo Caves

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Overview
The Waitomo Caves are a natural highlight of New Zealand, and you can explore them from a different perspective on this photography tour. Your guide takes you to some of the best spots for photography, such as glow-worm caves and places with impressive rock formations. Plus, you can spend longer photographing than you can on regular tours, which generally prohibit personal photography.
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You'll start at
1199 Oparure Road
1199 Oparure Road, Te Kuiti 3985, New ZealandOur office is 1199 Oparure Road, follow the signs.
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    Stop: 3 hours - Admission included
    Maungarongapu Cave system
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You'll end at
1199 Oparure Road
1199 Oparure Road, Te Kuiti 3985, New ZealandOur office is 1199 Oparure Road, follow the signs.
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Highlights
  • Special caving gear and clothing is included
  • Take a refreshing shower afterwards, if necessary
  • Photography enthusiasts will especially appreciate this tour
  • Remember your travels through impressive photos that you take yourself
Important Information
Departure Point
1199 Oparure Road, Te Kuiti 3985, New Zealand
Duration
3h
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Inclusions
  • Local guide
  • All caving equipment and warm clothing including: thermal top, thermal pants, fleece top, shorts, gumboots, socks, helmet and headlamp
  • Shower facilities for after the tour, if required
  • Tea, coffee, and snack after the tour
  • Entry/Admission - Glowing Adventures
Exclusions
  • Pickup and drop-off
  • Photography equipment (bring your own camera equipment)
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Not recommended for anyone with any mobility issues
  • Minimum age is 11 years
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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BrooklinH wrote a review Mar 2020
Brooklin, Canada22 contributions6 helpful votes
This tour is an absolute must do when in the area. We did the private tour so it was just our family of 4 along with the tour guide, Heath. Although it is a bit pricey compared to other tours, it is definitely worth the value. It truly was an amazing experience. The caves have
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Response from Michelle B, Owner at 3-Hour Private Photography Tour in Waitomo Caves
Responded 18 Apr 2020
Thank you so much for your review. It is great to have small groups, especially private tours as we can adjust each tour to suit the group. Our guides are great at working with the groups to challenge those who are wanting it and helping others that need it. We are super glad you had a great time and enjoyed our backyard.
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lanamom wrote a review Aug 2019
Sunnyvale, CA590 contributions274 helpful votes
This is our third trip to New Zealand and our third trip to Waitomo. We absolutely love the glowworms. I also love photography, but the problem was taking pictures of glowworms is tricky and you could never do that on the tours, and we never really spent enough time viewing
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Date of experience: August 2019
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Response from Michelle B, Owner at 3-Hour Private Photography Tour in Waitomo Caves
Responded 10 Sep 2019
Wow, this review is so appreciated Lana! Glowing Adventures is a small family business working hard to provide a genuine caving adventure. It’s amazing to hear how much you loved the experience. We really believe in getting off the beaten track and experiencing glow worms just as nature intended. We’re so glad you agree. Come visit us again one day - we’d love to welcome you back to our little piece of paradise in Waitomo :)
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imitating wrote a review May 2019
Irvine, California21 contributions
We had so much fun. The worms are not nearly as vibrant as most peoples pictures might showcase. I have attached an image to give a better understanding. They make the caves almost look like a pitch black sky and they are the tiny stars off in the distance. It was so beautiful
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Date of experience: May 2019
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andreas_zeidler wrote a review Feb 2019
Zurich, Switzerland338 contributions53 helpful votes
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We had a private photo tour (2 people) in January 2019 - was expensive but worth it. As all the other tours forbid personal cameras (after experiencing two other tours, I can understand why: I would just spoil the experience for others) I was curious to see the difference at
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Date of experience: January 2019
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Tony D wrote a review Jan 2019
Redwood City, California169 contributions29 helpful votes
The glow worms are amazing and it was fabulous to have an opportunity to take photos of the caves. Since the caves are pitch black it takes time to set up for the photo and then requires some skill to light paint the interior without detracting from the visible glow worms. The
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Date of experience: January 2019
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Response from Michelle B, Manager at 3-Hour Private Photography Tour in Waitomo Caves
Responded 10 Jan 2019
Thanks Tony, Heath really enjoyed your tour group. Beautiful photos :-) Safe travels.
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Matthewbarnett
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Great little adventure
My GF and I came here as part of a wrekend adventure. I think this is a great stepping stone for anyone looking to
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kiwitripper64
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Hands on, up close, dirty and fun
Fantastic mix of walking, wading, scrambling squeezing and relaxing. The tour takes about 3 hours. It was a little
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K4678XVveronicaa
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Amazing! Don’t go woth anyone else!!
We absolutely loved our time at Glowing Adventures. It’s a family owned and run business and a personalised experie
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random_username3
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One of the BEST ADVENTURE during our holiday!
We had such a great time with Ash our guide. We did not once felt unsafe and had a lot of good laughs with him. We
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J1323BMcharlesp
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A real spelunking experience
A fascinating and educational experience. This was the real deal....a class 5 rapids trip, if you were to compare i
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MichelleTrabucc
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Great glowing adventures!
My husband and I came here while on vacation. We looked at many tours in the area and the appeal to Glowing Adventu
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Kyla867
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Great Tour
This was an excellent tour, with very small groups, a local guide with a historic family connection to the caves. O
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TiffanyRM17
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Went the extra mile for an extra special glow worm experience
Sara was so cheerful upon our arrival! Heath was a great enthusiastic guide and led us through the cave smoothly. H
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lalzinger
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Spectacular
As promised you will explore a cave system of the beaten track. This was an amazing experience and I would do it ag
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168alicap
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Highly recommend!!
I got to the property an hour early due to it taking less time than anticipated, and I had a lovely time waiting wi
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Ryan G
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Unforgettably brilliant.
Our entire time with the team was top notch, from a warm and friendly introduction to calm and confident leadership
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ekenny2020
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Awesome adventure
This was an amazing tour! The cave was in its natural state which means no walkways or stairs. The staff was friend
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321JRA123
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Amazing experience
Superbly organised, and fantastic experience. Seeing gloworms in their natural habitat and including a caving exper
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valdis704
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Hiking, caving & Glowworm adventure
Enjoyed the small group, guided hike and exploration (3 hour "Off the Beaten path" eco tour) through private caves
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MelissaBurgess22
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So Fun!
We climbed, we waded, we joked, we laughed, we observed, we thoroughly enjoyed! Ash was awesome, Sarah was so helpf
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  • Duration: 3h
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
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  • Languages Offered: English
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