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Waitomo: Glowworm Cave 3-Hour Guided Eco-Tour

Waitomo: Glowworm Cave 3-Hour Guided Eco-Tour

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Explore Waitomo's amazing glowworms and natural wonders away from the crowds. Wander through native New Zealand forest with a small group and an expert guide.

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Duration 3 hours
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Live tour guide
Small group
Limited to 8 participants


  • • Explore the cave system on a small group tour
  • • Wander through stunning native New Zealand forest
  • • Wade through freshwater streams and climb over boulders
  • • Enjoy a real caving experience with no footpaths or lights
  • • Marvel at beautiful glowworm displays throughout your eco-tour
Full description
Get off the beaten track on this intimate 3-hour tour through some of New Zealand's natural wonders. Start with a brief walk through native bush and the scenic Mangapu gorge.  Hike through beautiful native New Zealand forest, wade through freshwater streams, climb over boulders, and explore untouched limestone caves and spectacular rock formations. Enjoy the mesmerizing glowworm displays in privately owned caves that remain unspoiled by paths or electric lights.  Finish up your tour with a shower, a hot cup of coffee or tea, and some light refreshments. 
  • 3-hour cave tour
  • Small group (maximum of 8 participants)
  • Experienced local guide
  • All equipment
  • Shower facilities
  • Hot drinks and a snack
  • Transportation
Not suitable for
  • Children under 12 years
  • People with back problems
  • People with mobility impairments
  • People with heart problems
  • People over 264 lbs (120 kg)
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All required protective equipment is provided
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds

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Meeting point

1199 Oparure Road, Te Kuiti, Waitomo

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Important information

Not allowed

  • Professional cameras
  • Unaccompanied minors

Know before you go

  • Maximum group size is eight and the minimum group size is two
  • Children under 15 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian
  • Maximum weight for tour participants is 120 kilograms (265 pounds)
  • Allow 3 hours for the tour, of which approximately 2 hours is spent in the cave system
  • A moderate level of fitness is required
  • There is no public transport access, you will need to provide your own transportation to the meeting point
  • Cameras are welcome, as long as they are not too large. A small digital camera is best, or your mobile phone. The guides will also take photographs during the tour and digital copies are provided to you at no charge.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 /5

based on 54 reviews

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The best outdoor experience we have ever had! No true idea what we were signing up for but it was the best decision. Ash was amazing - he’s kind and patient and quick to help. It was an absolute magical experience that you won’t get at the other caves. Thanks so much!

October 18, 2022

Great tour if you enjoy a scenic experience. The glow worms are not quite as overwhelming as in the pictures, but you can get right up close in this tour so if you are someone interested in the worms as a creature it is a good pick for you. The cave system is very beautiful just in itself, so if you like pretty rock formations you will also enjoy this. More of a caves experience then a glow worm experience. Requires reasonable fitness - there are lots of steps and climbing over rocks. A few narrow spots. Everything is provided from hard hats, to gumboots, to clothes. Hot cup of tea waiting at the end for you.

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November 22, 2022

Activity that is a truly personal experience. Ash was fantastic, stopped to take pictures of us (which were included with tour), and guided through a true cave tour. This isn’t a tour where you’re going to walk through man-made steps in a cave; instead, you’ll climb over and under rocks, gets your water in your boots, and have a one-of-a-kind experience. For clothing, all will be provided with clean changing rooms so that you get no personal clothing wet or dirty; cell phone cameras aren’t only allowed, Ash very much encourages you to take pics or simply ask him to take pics, which he’s more than happy to do! When you return, there’s a hot, clean shower awaiting if you’d like to warm up, followed by a hot coffee or tea of your choosing as well as cookies. Ash provides the family-type feel where you can sit and chat afterwards. There’s no rush through the tour or to leave afterwards. Hang around and chat and have a couple cups of coffee/tea if you wish! 10/10 recommend!

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September 10, 2022

Product ID: 141396