Footwhistle Glowworm Cave
Footwhistle Glowworm Cave
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We are a locally owned and operated glowworm cave tour based in the heart of the Waitomo Caves Village. Footwhistle Glowworm Cave is located on our private farm and was developed over many years. Our family run tour company ensures that your experience of Waitomo's unique ennvironment is a memory to treasure. We take a maximum of 11 guests per tour and we also allow photography
Duration: 1-2 hours
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TomWV12
Charleston, WV71 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
Kyle led our four person tour down into the cave. His family owns the cave. It is amazing to see the glowworms and hear Kyle describe them. The cave is completely dark until Kyle turns on some dim lights or shines his flashlight. Afterwards Kyle prepares tea in a small covered area with tables and chairs. Highly recommend this tour!
Written 15 January 2024
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Jef123456789
King's Bromley, UK164 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Couples
This is a must do tour. You will love the personalised nature of the tour and the small numbers. Ross was excellent, just right in terms of information, humour and knowledge. We really liked the fact this is a family owned farm, cave and business and it’s been professionally built and managed. The Kowa Kowa tea at the end of the tour was fun.
In all the tour took about 2hours although normally it is less, but Ross was happy for us to take our time and enjoy the caves. There are steps down which are well made and maintained, once in the caves there are lights and Ross highlights everything to see with a small torch.
The caves themselves are amazing, the glow worms spectacular and the history and information mind blowing.
Written 25 February 2023
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Henryboy78
Charmhaven, Australia20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Family
Very informative and well constructed tour. Travelling with an 8 and 4 year old, we didn’t want a long drawn out experience. Foot whistle was ideal. A very cool walk through the family owned cave and a real feel of stepping back in time. The beauty and freshness of the cave provides a real sense of the delicate nature of all that surrounds you. Topped with a refreshing kawa kawa tea in the ponga teahouse before the return trip to town.
Written 5 January 2023
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Linda L
San Mateo, CA53 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Friends
Great way to see the glowworm caves in a small-group, personalized experience. Kyle was friendly and informative and it was wonderful to hear the history of his family founding the cave 30 years ago. Tea in the lovely tea house was the perfect ending!
Written 5 October 2022
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Sarah O
8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Friends
Fantastic adventure with Ross in the Footwhistle Limestone Cave. He was a knowledgeable and friendly guide. Highly recommended!
Written 16 July 2021
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JW
11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Couples
We had an amazing experience at Footwhistle Cave, big thanks to our tour guide - Ross the Boss. His sense of humour made the whole tour super interesting and we learnt a lot about the cave. The tour ended with some kawakawa tea which we thought it would be bitter as but not at all! We quite liked it. Definitely worth a visit.
Written 25 June 2021
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Jeannette B
Auckland Central, New Zealand84 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Couples
‘Ross the Boss’ was our awesome guide for the Footwhistle Glowworm Cave experience. His mix of passion, knowledge and humour made this one of the best local sites to visit in Waitomo. A private family run business that is truly about making this a perfect, intimate experience. The visit is topped off with kawakawa education and tea. The caves themselves are a real delight and the family’s understanding and work towards the ecology of them is a credit to them. Highly recommended.
Written 6 October 2020
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Dave C
Wellington, New Zealand16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Family
Amazing to walk in the cave and seeing all the glowworms when all the lights were off, there were so many. Felt like a private tour with just us and another family. The kawakawa tea was a nice relaxing way to round off the visit. Also enjoyed the banter with our guide Ross, who was very personable quick with the humour. Nice to support a local family business.
Written 3 October 2020
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banana36
New Zealand106 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020 • Couples
This was an absolute amazing experience. I booked this as a surprise for my husband.
The guide Ross was very knowledgeable and friendly.
There was only 4 of us in the tour so it felt like our own private tour.
I personally enjoyed the Kawakawa tea and have ordered some products.
We loved supporting a family business. Worth every cent, recommend 100% to everyone.
Written 26 September 2020
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Joanne H
Paraparaumu, New Zealand65 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
This was a fabulous tour from start to finish. We were kindly picked up (and dropped back) from the Top 10 camp which was really appreciated as we were traveling by motor home. Our guide was Ross who was a charming genuine chap both very knowledgeable and entertaining. Short walk to the cave which was like a secret piece of paradise. Stunning inside with an amazing number of glow worms and history which was all very well explained in a non rushed environment. Loved how we were encouraged to stop and take photos and enjoy the experience fully. We were impressed with how safe everything felt and the efforts of this family to encourage an environment where the Glowworms could flourish - a great effort in promoting Eco-tourism. Also enjoyed the wind down after in the nature hut with the Kawakawa tea. Forget the mass packed competitor tours and go with this one as you will definitely not regret it .
Written 16 August 2020
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