Waitomo Glowworm Caves Eco Tour

Join this small group tour and travel deep into the lush rainforest through freshwater streams to view the magical Glow Worm Caves. Recommended for 12+ year olds.
Waitomo Glowworm Caves Eco Tour


  • Amazing glow worm displays

  • Away from the crowds

  • Only 2-8 people per group

  • Cameras Welcome

  • Authentic eco experience

  • #1 Trip Advisor rated tour in the Waitomo

More info


  • Guided 3 hour glowworm caving experience
  • All clothing, footwear & equipment provided
  • Only 2 - 8 people per tour group


  • Hotel transfers


  • 20-30 minutes getting ready and having a safety briefing
  • 5-10 minute walk to the cave
  • 10-15 minute walk through native New Zealand bush and the scenic Mangapu gorge, to become accustomed to the rough terrain before entering the caves
  • Approximately 2 hours exploring the caves, including several glow worm displays
  • 10 minute bush walk back to office/house
  • Allow extra time for a shower and to change, and for tea/coffee with light refreshments


  • Waitomos top-rated, most authentic glowworm caving experience
  • An “off the beaten track” 3 hour adventure into the stunning limestone & glow worm caves
  • Beautiful native bush, climbing over boulders & wading a freshwater stream that flows into the cave system
  • Glowing Adventures have left their caves in the purest & most natural state
  • Genuine eco-adventure into the heart of New Zealand’s magical glow worm environment
  • Explore magical glow worm displays at your own pace
  • No concrete paths or electric lighting
  • Guides will also take great pictures of your adventure which will be emailed to you afterwards for free


  • Tour times vary throughout each month and are subject to availability


  • 3 hour tour, approximately 2 hours is spent in the cave system


  • Tours depart from Glowing Adventures office, located at 1199 Oparure Road, Te Kuiti 3985, Waitomo

What To Bring

  • All the clothing and equipment is provided for a unique “real caving experience"
  • Small cameras are welcome. Due to safety reasons, no large cameras, tripods or selfie sticks are permitted as you will need your hands free at all times when moving through the caves

Additional Information

  • Tour operates with a minimum of 2 participants and a maximum of 8
  • Children must be a minimum of 12 years or more
  • Children under 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian
  • This tour is not suitable for elderly or anyone with mobility difficulties as it involves climbing over boulders, walking up hills and wading through streams with rocks underfoot
  • A reasonable level of fitness is required

Cancellation Policy

  • Cancellations within 24 hours of your tour date or no shows will incur a 100% cancellation fee
  • Cancellations with at least 24 hours notice or more will incur a 10% cancellation fee

Booking Information

  • Confirmation in the form of a tour voucher will be received at time of booking
  • Upon completion of purchase, please print the voucher and present on day of the experience
  • Availability was accurate at the time of booking however, is subject to change due to circumstances out of our control
  • For your information, complete Tour Operator Information including contact details is included on your tour voucher
  • We strongly suggest reconfirming your booking with the tour operator within 24 hours of making your booking and prior to making other travel arrangements

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