I can't say enough good things about this experience, an absolute highlight of our NZ trip. THIS IS THE COMPANY TO BOOK WITH - please research competitors and realize that Down to Earth is a very small, family run business that operates tours in an intimate way. Others offer a simple walk on a paved path or a boat ride through a single cave - this is not that!! We spent time walking through rivers, exploring cave systems and learning about the history of the land, all before getting to the worms.
Our group of only 6 was led by Ash - a legendary guide who was passionate about the environment, focused on safety, a great photographer and above all, treated us as if he was giving a personal tour to family. We loved our time spent with him, and because of the atmosphere he created, even made friends with our fellow cavers!
We felt so taken care of, even at times where the caving got a little intense for some of us with mild claustrophobia (hi). The grand reveal of the glow worms felt like a hard won triumph, a real moment of serenity to sit in the darkness with these lovely creatures.
Don't stress about what to wear or what to bring; they provide a full outfit for you including boots (which WILL fill with water no matter how hard you try to avoid it), leggings & fleece jackets, and you can't bring anything but maybe your cell phone (at your own risk).
Thank you as well to Michelle who was a lovely and gracious host upon arrival and return.