Discover a truly magical tour that will allow you to experience a completely untouched hidden gem on a 3 hour fully guided, intimate eco adventure cave tour brought to you by Glowing Adventures.
Our tours take you through beautiful and untouched native New Zealand forest and limestone caves and with no concrete paths or electric lighting and small group sizes, this is an authentic wilderness experience. The cave tour also includes remarkable glow worm displays – a stunning spectacle where millions of bioluminescent insect larvae beam beautiful bright blue lights around you.
On a Glowing Adventure Glow Worm Eco-Tour our knowledgeable guides will escort you through beautiful native New Zealand forest and into untouched caves, here in the Waitomo district. We take small tours of no more than 8 people so have the ability to move slowly through the caves, to enjoy, explore, and take in the surroundings, including our mesmerising glow worm displays.
The caves are untouched. There are no handrails, electric lights, concrete paths, or other modifications, and the tour involves climbing over boulders, up hills and wading through streams. A moderate level of fitness is therefore required.
Allow 3 hours for the tour, of which approximately 2 hours is spent in the cave system.
We provide all the equipment and clothing you need for your adventure, including appropriate clothing, boots, socks, and caving helmet. So once the tour is over you can pop back into your clean clothes and leave us to deal with your dirty laundry!
We also offer shower facilities, hot drinks, and a snack, once the tour is over.
Please allow 3 hours for your tour, of which about two tours is spent in the cave system.
Allow one of our knowledgeable guides to escort your group on an exclusive private tour through beautiful native New Zealand forest and untouched glow worm caves. There are no handrails, no electric lights, and no contrete paths — everything is completely natural.
Private tours are similar to the standard Glowing Adventure Eco-Tour, but consist of just your party, plus a guide.
On our photography tours we provide beautiful natural New Zealand scenery both inside and outside of the glow worm caves, with an experienced guide.
These tours are “private”. That is, your group and your guide will be the only participants on the tour. On photography tours we take a minimum of two and a maximum of four people.
Photography tours are a little different from the standard Glowing Adventure Eco-Tour. The main difference is we focus on the entrance/exit of the cave and the very picturesque Mangapu Gorge. There are excellent photo opportunities, including beautiful glow worms. The cave system is one of only two in the Waitomo district that is classified by New Zealand’s Department of Conservation as being of “International Significance”. And it is completely untouched!