We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The Tripadvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Glowing Adventures

Waitomo Caves, New Zealand
About Glowing Adventures
Our awesome Waitomo adventure is tucked away “off the beaten track” on our family farm and we LOVE it that way and so do our guests. Away from the tourist crowds - You can explore magical glow worm displays in their purest form and at your own pace on our 3-hour guided tours of small groups. With no foot paths or any lighting, this is a genuine natural eco experience. 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 photograph some of New Zealand's finest 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
Read more
Closed Now
Hours Today: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
See all hours
Travellers talk about
Tours and Tickets by Glowing Adventures

Off the Beaten Track - Glowworm Caving Adventure Tour in Waitomo

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.
Read more
3 hours
from US$103.22
Traveller rating
  • 1,188
  • 37
  • 2
  • 0
  • 0
Traveller type
Time of year
  • More
Selected filters
  • Filter
  • English
Popular mentions
Javier_A_C_Q_2022 wrote a review Jan 2022
2 contributions
The private tour was the highlight of this particular activity - our family was able to enjoy this amazing place as a group, with Ash as our very knowledgeable and patient guide through the caves. It has all sorts of scenery and is enough of a physical challenge to get the heart-rate up! We learned heaps along the way, and the glowworm cavern was a unique quiet experience. Ash took photos along the way and these were later emailed to us free of charge - great memories. We were able to take our own photos as well, but getting everyone in the group photos was appreciated. Highly recommend as a family/group activity.
Read more
Date of experience: December 2021
Clare B wrote a review May 2021
3 contributions
Our personalised tour was one of the highlights of NZ! Learned a lot about the biology of the caves and the glow worms themselves - nature is amazing! Ash was very friendly, hilarious and informative and made it an unforgettable experience. Highly recommended!
Read more
Date of experience: May 2021
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.
Read more
Date of experience: December 2020
Andy J wrote a review Nov 2020
Auckland Central, New Zealand49 contributions49 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 - no well-trodden footpaths here! Ash our guide took great care of us making sure that we were all safe and within our comfort zones but didn't remove any of the sense of adventure. He also took some great photos that were emailed to us after the tour without extra charges. The cave is much bigger than I expected. You enter at one end and exit at a different point so no going around in circles here. Support a family business rather than one of the big operators - you won't regret it.
Read more
Date of experience: November 2020
2 Helpful votes
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 given. Just can't recommend further, just do it and have fun.
Read more
Date of experience: November 2020