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Glowworm Caving Adventure Tour in Waitomo

  • 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
Glowworm Caving Adventure Tour in Waitomo
From US$ 109.71
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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 complimentary photos.
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 two hours 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.
Reviews (57)
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Reviewed 1 week ago
What a good experience!

Ash was such a great guide, ensuring that our needs were well-taken care of on the trip. We had a wonderful time caving in the Waitomo caves. Sufficient equipment was also provided... with some tea/warm drinks coupled with cookies at the end of the tour.....More

Thank heiglads
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My first time in a cave like this... Heath was a wonderful guide who gave huge confidence to a complete novice. This surely has to be the only way to enjoy the wonders of the glow worms in their natural environment... Highly recommended!

Thank Curlytoptwin
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile
Impressed indeed

Over the moon with our caving/glow worm tour! Had an awesome tour guide who knew the property since he was little as it’s family land. This was very hands on and adventurous. If you’re up for a challenge I would definitely take the time to...More

Thank karleenicole
Reviewed 3 weeks ago
So much fun!

My wife and my expectations were exceeded! The hike was fun, the staff were all super friendly and helpful. We got to take tons of pictures and the guide was helpful all along the way

Thank Kyle C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Best caving Experience in Waitomo

From friendly helpful knowledgeable staff you will not be disappointed with your caving adventure in true natural surroundings not to mention the glow worms you'll see, if you want to experience a real adventure this is a great option tour for you.

Thank EddyGies
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Ankit A
28 June 2018|
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Response from Michelle B | Property representative |
It depends what time of the year. 1pm in the winter months and 6.30pm in the peak summer month. 2.30pm the rest of summer.
17 May 2018|
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Response from Z9509NXbrianp | Reviewed this property |
About 3 hours in total - 2 hours in the cave.
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