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Off the Beaten Track - Glowworm Caving Adventure Tour in Waitomo provided by Glowing Adventures

Off the Beaten Track - Glowworm Caving Adventure Tour in Waitomo

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What you can expect during this experience
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Hand sanitizer available to travellers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
Updated 10/10/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 10/10/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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 photos from your adventure.
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    1199 Oparure Road
    1199 Oparure Road, Te Kuiti 3985, New Zealand
    1199 Oparure Road, follow the signs.
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    Glowing Adventures
    Stop: 3 hours - Admission included
    1199 Oparure Road, Maungarongapu Cave
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  • You'll end at
    1199 Oparure Road
    1199 Oparure Road, Te Kuiti 3985, New Zealand
    1199 Oparure Road, follow the signs.
    See address & details
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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
  • Morning or afternoon tours are available to suit your itinerary
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 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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Important Information
Departure Point
1199 Oparure Road, Te Kuiti 3985, New Zealand
Duration
3h
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Inclusions
  • See the caves just as nature intended. All caving equipment and warm clothing including: thermal top, thermal pants, fleece top, shorts, gumboots, socks, helmet and headlamp. A local guide with a deep connection to the caves and a wealth of information to share. Tea, coffee, and a snack. An email with awesome photos of your adventure. Proper Kiwi hospitality!
  • Entry/Admission - Glowing Adventures
Exclusions
  • We can not pick up or drop off. There is no public transport so you will need to have your own transport to 1199 Oparure Road.
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Minimum of 2 people per tour.
  • Maximum of 8 people per tour.
  • Minimum age is 12 years.
  • Children under the age of 15 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • This tour is not suitable for elderly people or anyone with mobility difficulties as it involves climbing over boulders, walking up hills and wading through streams with rocks underfoot.
  • A reasonable level of fitness is required.
  • Tours may be cancelled in case of flooding. In the unlikely event that your tour is cancelled, you'll receive a full refund.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travellers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Nic8 wrote a review Jan 2021
Auckland, New Zealand2 contributions
The name says it all "Glowing Adventures" Amazing time exploring these caves. No crowds, just the best that mother nature created. So comfortable in the long longs and gumboots climbing and squeezing through the caves. Totally recommend, will be back.
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Date of experience: December 2020
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Andy J wrote a review Nov 2020
Auckland Central, New Zealand49 contributions10 helpful votes
Huge thanks to all of those that left their reviews of this fantastic tour which helped me to pick this one. Really really worth doing. The walk in the river on the way to the caves was pretty special. Clambering through the cave to reach the best glowworm spot was fantastic -
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Date of experience: November 2020
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Catherine S wrote a review Nov 2020
Christchurch, New Zealand21 contributions4 helpful votes
What an experience. So natural, no electricity or paths, just head lights and squeezing thru small spaces. Beautifully guided by Ash, who was extremely knowledgeable. Loved the small group (4 in our group). Excellent prep, with clothing, lights, helmets and safety briefing
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Date of experience: November 2020
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Velvon A wrote a review Oct 2020
Auckland, New Zealand256 contributions38 helpful votes
Did a caving tour for the second time and I am confident that I will be doing it again and again. Twice is never enough. Ashley was our tour guide- amazing, professional and bubbly. He took us around, helped us with walking/climbing etc. explained the caves and history. most
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Date of experience: October 2020
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neicynz wrote a review Oct 2020
Wellington, New Zealand23 contributions11 helpful votes
Get out of your comfort zone and away from the crowds. This tour is small and unique, Ash our guide explained all aspects of the caves, formations and glow worms! It's just you and mother nature at its absolute BEST. Wading through streams, squeezing through tight spots and
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Date of experience: October 2020
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BajaLisa07
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One of the highlights of our trip to New Zealand
This was spectacular! I had learned about the glow worms many years ago and wanted to make sure we got to experien
RossT1154
RossT1154
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Amazing Experience
I was fortunate to go on this truely awesome adventure. It had everything- fast flowing water (filling up your gumb
KatyF444
KatyF444
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Heaps of fun
The most fun I've had in ages. Our tour was basically the "off the beaten track tour". Whole family loved it. Gr
Matthewbarnett
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
K4678XVveronicaa
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
J1323BMcharlesp
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
MichelleTrabucc
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
Kyla867
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
TiffanyRM17
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
lalzinger
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
BrooklinHeather
BrooklinHeather
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Amazing!
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 wit
Ryan G
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
ekenny2020
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
321JRA123
321JRA123
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Amazing experience
Superbly organised, and fantastic experience. Seeing gloworms in their natural habitat and including a caving exper
valdis704
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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