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Glowing Adventures

1199 Oparure Road, 3985, New Zealand
+64 508 445 694
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For a unique caving experience off the beaten tourist track on our private farm. Small groups of 8 or less. Amazing glowworm displays and no tour buses! We offer a real caving experience with no footpaths or lights just beautiful untouched New Zealand at its finest. Glowing Adventures provide 3 different tours: Glowing Adventures Eco-Tour - 3-hour walking glow worm cave eco-tours for small groups of 2-8 people equipment provided, small cameras welcome. No tripods or large cameras. Glowing Adventures Private Tour - Just like standard Glowing Adventure eco-tour, but for your private group - just you, your friends, and your guide. Glowing Adventures Photography Tour - Private photography tours for 2-4 people. Take your time and photography some of New Zealand's most famous scenery. Photography equipment welcome. NOTE: All tours not suitable for anyone with mobility issues as the tour involves walking through streams and over rocks. A reasonable level of fitness is required
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Hours Today: 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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1199 Oparure Road, 3985, New Zealand
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+64 508 445 694
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Glowing Adventures provides a unique and unbelievable journey through the privately owned family land that the Waitomo Glowworm cave resides. The small groups and adventurous hike is so much better than the other glowworm experiences (which we did this week as well). If you like...More

Thank Kevin B
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Reviewed 2 days ago

I arrived that day a bit late but luckily they arrange me to join the tour next day which is really considerate.

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Reviewed 5 days ago

My wife and I really enjoyed this experience. Small group enabled the tour to be more personal and allowed us to ask alot of questions. Our tour guide (Ash) was very friendly, fun and knowledgeable. No caving experience required, but a reasonable level of fitness...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Heath is the best tour guide I’ve ever met. He made the caving seem like a piece of cake. I went to another caving at Waipu, and I missed Heath a lot, for his informative, encouraging and fun guides. Thanks Heath for making the first...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

A small group with a very personable feel! We felt so welcome and comfortable the entire time. The cave was amazing!! Climbing up the rocks and through tight spots gave a real caving experience. The glow worms were fantastic and our guide gave us plenty...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

For us, this was not the first time in a cave, but certainly the most wild adventure because of the conditions. Getting so dip into dark spaces inside to be able to see the glowing worms, passing through tiny and narrow ways, climbing, getting wet,...More

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Thank Danielle G
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Did this caving adventure last week with my adult kids. It was a very nice guided tour on private lands. The group was small (just 5 of us) and there was climbing through rock crevices, wading through streams, looking at and learning about glow worms...More

Thank Edward Y
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I absolutely loved it! Highly recommend to anyone who want more of an adventure/off the beaten-track type tour. Heath our tour guide was awesome and staff very friendly and accommodating. We initially thought it was gonna be freezing especially because it's winter...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Glowing Adventures tour is great for people wanting to see glowworm but not engage in the mass tourism of the Waitomo caves. The intimate tour is a true caving (suitable for unexperienced people) experience with a magical glowworm surprise! Definatley reccomendable!

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MelsieFM
10 January 2017|
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Response from GlowingAdventures | Property representative |
Hi there, we do have a range of sizes available for most people here at Glowing Adventures and have taken a whole range of sized people on our tour. They main thing is mind set and strength. So there are a few places you... More
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outofofficebrb
26 February 2016|
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Response from GlowingAdventures | Property representative |
Hi there, we have 3x glow worm displays here at Glowing Adventures and they are all quite different. The first is in a large cavern and they are very high up like the night sky. The second is very up close and personal... More
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