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Nocturnal adventure Glow-worm tour provided by Real Rotorua

Nocturnal adventure Glow-worm tour

Nocturnal adventure Glow-worm tour
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Tour snapshot
Duration:
3h
Group size:
9
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
About
Know before you go
  • Duration: 3h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
What to expect
Know before you go
  • Duration: 3h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
What to expect
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Important information
Inclusions
  • Driver/guide
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Light refreshments
Exclusions
  • Nothing
Duration
3h
Departure details
  • 1167 Fenton Street, Rotorua 3010, New Zealand Outside the information center. I will be in a silver Ford transit mini van
Additional information
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • A maximum of 9 people per booking
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 9 travellers
Inclusions
  • Driver/guide
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Light refreshments
Exclusions
  • Nothing
Departure details
  • 1167 Fenton Street, Rotorua 3010, New Zealand Outside the information center. I will be in a silver Ford transit mini van
Duration
3h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • A maximum of 9 people per booking
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 9 travellers
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    1167 Fenton Street
    1167 Fenton Street, Rotorua 3010, New Zealand
    Outside the information center. I will be in a silver Ford transit mini van
    See address & details
  • Pass by
    Lake Rotorua
    Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest
    Redwoods Treewalk
  • You'll return to the starting point
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Alan
1 contribution
Sep 2020
Prompt pickup at designated spot - clear instructions so no dithering about. Takes approx 30 minutes to the forest and Stephen pretty much talked all the way there and back with information about Rotorua and the natural history of the area. Speaks in a nice informal manner and able to answer questions easily.
Once we got there, is instructions were clear and relevant. A constant stream of information as we walked through the forest, passionate about what he does and this enthuses those around him.
Who knew there was was much to learn about glow worms? So it wasn't just the viewing of them but a whole environmental lesson at the same time,
Would very much recommend this trip, suitable for most abilities and ages. A couple of slightly uneven patches of path but nothing too difficult.
Written 20 September 2020
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rotoguide
Thanks for taking the time to share your experience with a wonderful review, I really appreciate that. So much to see out there a pleasure to share a little knowledge with you. cheers Stephen
Written 23 September 2020
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Meldon Woo
2 contributions
Sep 2020
Stephen is an excellent guide and a true professional, we went in a larger group of 11 and he had no troubles guiding us. We enjoyed his tour immensely and would definitely recommend it to anybody who wants to learn more about glow worms or anybody who wants to see them up close.

The trek is accessible for all ages and we completed it without breaking a sweat!
Written 19 September 2020
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rotoguide
It was a pleasure to have your group join me. A fun night out for me and great to hear you all enjoyed it as well. cheers Stephen
Written 23 September 2020
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LBR
4 contributions
The glow worm evening tour was one of the top highlights of my trip in New Zealand to date so I cannot recommend it enough!! We had such an amazing evening which included a beautiful sunset view, a really interesting and informative hike through the native forest, and of course thousands of stunning glow worms! Stephen was also such an incredibly warm and friendly person who made the trip that much more enjoyable. He even went out of his way to find us an insect that one of the other customers wanted to see. He’s also extremely knowledgeable and passionate about what he does. To top it off, he also takes absolutely stunning pictures which he shares with everyone for free! In my mind, it’s a no brainer that a small intimate tour where you can get up close to the glow worms is way better than going to somewhere very touristy and rushed like Waitomo. Such a wonderful experience all around!
Written 12 January 2020
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rotoguide
A review doesn't get any better than that. Awesome to hear that it was the top highlights of your NZ trip, it was a great night out with a fun group thanks for being apart of that. cheers Stephen
Written 14 January 2020
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640kiwi93
Dunedin, New Zealand12 contributions
Jul 2021
This a very special tour walking through the forest at night. Steve is a fantastic and highly knowledgeable guide pointing out magical sightings such as the amazing sliver fern which you can see in its full glory at night. The glow worms are truly beautiful and I can't recommend Steve and this tour enough - it is a perfect way to spend an evening.
Written 3 July 2021
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rotoguide
Thanks so much, nice to hear how you enjoyed the experience and thanks for recommending my tour. You cant help but love those silver ferns. cheers Stephen
Written 9 July 2021
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becstar_001
Waikanae, New Zealand3 contributions
Jun 2021
We had such a fantastic evening with Stephen on this tour! The highlight of our trip and the reason we decided to go to Rotorua again. Despite being Winter and raining, it was such an adventure!!. If you want a more intimate REAL experience, rather than dealing with large crowds of people this is an experience to book for sure.
My 8-year-old was completely enthralled and had so much fun on this walk, the forest, the waterfall, having 2 different torches to lead the way and the stunning display of nature when we arrived at the glow worms. SO GOOD!
Thank you Stephen!
Written 8 June 2021
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rotoguide
Awesome to be the highlight of your time here in Rotorua. It's an amazing place and only to happy to share a little magic with all of you. cheers Stephen
Written 9 July 2021
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Abdullah_Alhaidari
Medinah - Saudi Arabia13 contributions
Feb 2022 • Family
ALERT: this is one of the, if not the, best tour you will ever have in New Zealand. Stephen, the tour guide, is passionate and continues to do this tour despite COVID's effects on tourism. The cost/price is more reasonable than other tours around NZ.

You may think that the highlight was seeing hundreds of glowworms from a few centimeters away near waterfalls but this wasnt the case. Dont get me wrong, that was spectacular but the trip itself was extraordinary.

Stephen picked us up from the tourists help centre on time. He drove us in a very comfortable high tech specialised van. He handed us different types of tourches and we walked about 2Km in the dark; including our 3 and a half year old child. You aim your tourch up to see the trees forming a bridge hiding the whole sky from you. We saw tens of wallabies (tiny kangaroo like creatures) hopping meters away from us, Wetta like insect shells (forgot their names) and different types of trees and plants. Ive been in New Zealand for 21 years and this was the first time I saw the real Silver Ferns; they arent as evident in day light. You end the journey with hot chocolate to replenish your energy.

I cannot recommend this tour enough. Thank you Stephen for the hollywood like photos you took of our family in the dark :)
Written 2 March 2022
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rotoguide
Thanks Abdulla for the awesome review . I love showing NZ off in a different light, so hearing how much you and your family enjoyed the experience is the icing on the cake. We got some really good photos that night and thanks for sharing. All the best for your future adventures cheers Stephen
Written 5 May 2022
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Valerie E
1 contribution
Feb 2020
This tour was fantastic - such an adventure to be hiking through a New Zealand forest at night time, flashlights in hand, led by such a knowledgeable and fun guide as Stephen. I guess I just expected that we would be led to see the glow worms, but it was so much more! Stephen pointed out various plants and insects, and provided insight into how they interact in their environment. Seeing the glow worms, appearing as a starry sky in the woods, was awe inspiring. The photos he provided after the tour were such a bonus, as I wasn't able to take very good pictures myself. I highly recommend this tour!
Written 28 February 2020
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rotoguide
Thanks for joining me and nice to hear you enjoyed every thing about the tour. I love the fact that it exceeded your expectations. Cheers Stephen
Written 29 February 2020
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onnastick
4 contributions
Dec 2019
Rotorua was a stop on our NZ trip, and we ended up booking this tour as a last-minute idea for something more interesting to do in the evening than stroll around the city center area. We are so glad we stumbled onto this trip because it was fantastic. We think Stephen was born to do this type of thing, because his love of nature was contagious. We had never been on a forest walk at night, and it was truly a memorable experience. The glow worms were of course beautiful to behold, but there were several unexpectedly delightful sights Stephen pointed out for our group. Would definitely do this again, and cannot recommend it highly enough!
Written 19 January 2020
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rotoguide
Great to hear that your last minute decision turned out to be the highlight of you time here in Rotorua. Thanks for the kind word about my guiding, really nice to hear. cheers Stephen
Written 23 January 2020
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Yua Haw Y
United Kingdom34 contributions
Stephen led us on a path into the forest armed with red light and white light torches, pointing out wallabies, possums and hedgehogs as we passed them. His knowledge of flora was also displayed, pointing out different ferns and ‘widow makers’. He took us to amazing displays, explaining how the glow worms create their light shows and the necessary conditions for them
Stephen’s passion is infectious and I came away buzzing with knowledge and inspired by the sights I had seen. To top it off, Stephen had hot chocolate to take off the night chill. Thoroughly recommended and I would do it again
Written 12 April 2020
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rotoguide
I would love to have you guys back again as their is plenty more to show you, no two nights are ever the same. All the best for your future adventures. cheers Stephen
Written 13 April 2020
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Juan Luis M
Oslo, Norway13 contributions
The guide picked us up at our respectives hotels and drove us to the forest. Since it was raining he left us boots to be able to walk in the forest and torches to see, even Red light ones to be able to see the animals without scaring them. Was a great tour, Stephen knows a lot about the different plants and animals we found on our way. At a certain point he asked us to switch off the lanterns and there they were, hundreds of glow worms, it was like watching stars in the ski.
We saw also wallabies, a frog and some other interesting animals. Absolutely a must!
Written 23 February 2020
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rotoguide
I never know what i might encounter and that night was with a few interesting encounters along the way. thanks for choosing my tour. cheers Stephen
Written 26 February 2020
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By: Real Rotorua
triniboyinNZ
triniboyinNZ
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Amazing tour
Stephen gave us a very knowledgeable, exclusive and friendly tour of major highlights around Rotorua. We were real
LucyHattaway
LucyHattaway
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Terrific thermal tour
I was so impressed by my tour with Steve. He is so knowledgeable about Rotorua and everything in it - the good, the
Raisa1211
Raisa1211
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Excellent service
Stephen is really informative and friendly :) we went to a lot of places and amazed with what he showed us. Finishe
CarolV570
CarolV570
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A great morning tour
Steve, picked me up from the hotel bang on time. The tour was very informative, with amazing scenery. It was a very
reetg2017
reetg2017
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Amazing tour with Stephen
It was an amazing experience and the tour covered most of the lakes and Hamurana Springs and Okere Falls. Stephen w
jjgdonnelly
jjgdonnelly
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Fantastic Afternoon
Fabulous afternoon with Stephen. He has an amazing knowledge on the local area which helped us to really understan
LUKAS H
LUKAS H
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Superb
I enjoyed the tour ,and especially the end of tour at Hot springs is amazing. The beautiful sunset and nature are p
662ital
662ital
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Amazing adventure in the middle of the forest !
Stephen was amazing guide ,I have enjoyed the walk in the middle of the forest to see the glowworms . Stephen answe
Sandy C
Sandy C
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Lakes galore
Steve met us at the hotel. We had the tour to ourselves. We had a lovely drive to quite a few lakes, including the
jmattym808
jmattym808
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Beautiful lakes with an awesome tour guide!!
We did the morning lakes tour with stephen/Steven/Step 1 (you guys will totally get this joke when you're on his to
Tori S
Tori S
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Full Day Adventure
The Full Day Adventure with Stephen of Real Rotorua was a great way to spend a day just off the beaten track in and
clevercoral
clevercoral
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Highly recommended to all
Had an incredible time with Stephen on the Thermal Path Tour today. Was the only person on the tour so I had a real
AlohaCowboy
AlohaCowboy
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Great tour of off-the-beaten path areas
We took our four year old on this tour. Stephen was easily able to accommodate a car seat in his van. We picked t
michellemT8420WJ
michellemT8420WJ
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Truly the Real Rotorua Tour Company (accept no imitations).
I did all 3 tours; morning lakes, thermal path and the night walk. Having read the previous reviews, I agree with a
cse2020
cse2020
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Awesome Nighttour - u see more than the glowworms
Steven puts his heart, brain and soul into his tour! You get the full package: deep knowledge of plants and animals
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