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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$110.98
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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 (69)
1 - 5 of 62 reviews
Reviewed 2 days ago

The tour was all it promised! Ash is a great guide, the supplies they provided worked just fine, and the cave experience itself was magical. Personalized touring, never rushed, lots of good humour... a perfect kiwi experience!

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank RandyK1057
Reviewed 4 days ago

This tour was awesome. We saw more than just glowworms, our guide was GREAT, they provide everything you need for the tour, and we had so much fun! Thank you!

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank bvsuding
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile
Glowing Adventures

We had an absolute blast with Glowing Adventures! The small family business does an amazing job with this tour and you can tell the care they take in making this an incredible experience. The small groups (no more than 8) make it an intimate experience....More

Thank RoyAviles
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Great times. Not what we were expecting!

We had a great time. We were expecting short walk into a cave and see some glow worms, but this tour took us to whole another level. We were getting water in our boots and squeezing through cracks and enjoying the glow worms in complete...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank LanceCheh
Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Our First Caving Adventure

It was a memorable experience. We booked the day before and went expecting to see glowworms in a cave but what we got was a full on walk through a deep cave wading through streams and crawling over boulders and through crevices. Heath was patient...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank GlobalTraveller1821
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Anthony O
December 28, 2018|
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Response from smileforme1000 | Reviewed this property |
I agree with the above. It’s a little tight at one or two points but the guide was great and no one freaked out. I thought it might bother me but it didn’t. In most places the caves were large. Don’t miss out!
December 16, 2018|
Response from Martin W | Reviewed this property |
I would contact them and ask. In my opinion they have very experienced guides who might be able to adapt the tour for children.
Ankit A
June 27, 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.