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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$106.56
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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 (52)
1 - 5 of 45 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago
Can't believe I got to do this- NOT TO BE MISSED.

I wasn't expecting much and wow- was I wowed. This was exhilarating! Hard enough to feel seriously challenged but safe enough because of our guide Heath's calm and humorous approach. I haven't had such a memorable experience since I leant to dive. Not to be...More

Thank Mindy C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Glow worms Adventure

Amazing tour! Family run business, they provide all cloths, rubber boots, helmet with flash light.. We were small group and it was really nice explore all the caves and get all the information from the guide. The older gentlemen took pictures for us and later...More

Thank Marika K
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Loved it!

Great caving adventure loved the small group experience! The guide was very experienced and made sure everyone was safe. You got all the clothes and gear you needed and never felt like you were in a rush. It's great if you don't mind getting water...More

Thank Tracey A
Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Great Adventure!

This was truly one of the highlights of our holiday in New Zealand. We enjoyed the whole experience from trekking upstream to the amazing crawl through the cave to reach the glow worms. Be prepared to get muddy and wet, but as they provide the...More

Thank a e
Reviewed 4 weeks 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
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Ankit A
28 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.
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