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Glowworm Caving Adventure Tour in Waitomo

Highlights
  • 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
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Glowworm Caving Adventure Tour in Waitomo
From US$110.57
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Glowworm Cave Tour 2pm
Small-group Glowworm Cave Tour with a 2pm departure
US$110.57
Glowworm Cave Tour 10am
Small-group Glowworm Cave Tour with a 10:00am departure
US$110.57
Glowworm Cave Tour 1pm
Small-group Glowworm Cave Tour with a 1pm departure
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Overview
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 37 reviews

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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 May 26, 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
Reviewed May 25, 2018
Great way to start the new year!

Every detail that you can think of is taken care of here! From clothes and boots to photos to warm beverages in the end - the experience is top notch. The groups are small and most of the staff is connected to the family who...More

Thank Erinmasha
Reviewed May 17, 2018
An exceptional memory of an incredible tour

As any previous comments mentioned it, the experience was absolutely priceless. Heath was our tour guide - kind, fun, taking amazing shots (shared afterwards) and answering any questions on the cave. Get ready to get your feet wet (all clothing is provided) and enjoy the...More

Thank Taonel
Reviewed May 4, 2018 via mobile
Great day

Me and my girlfriend had a great day on a tour of the caves with Hamish. I would highly recommend booking your tour of the glow worm caves with glowing adventures! All clothes (including very trendy long johns!) and boots are provided as you will...More

Thank Brennan719
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Ankit A
June 27, 2018|
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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.
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CC47
May 17, 2018|
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Response from Z9509NXbrianp | Reviewed this property |
About 3 hours in total - 2 hours in the cave.
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