Visit the Spellbound Glowworm Caves to enjoy Waitomo’s biggest and brightest glowworm show. Experience two wonderful caves softly lit by 30,000 glowworms in the Mangawhitiakau cave system, 12km south of Waitomo. Drift slowly through the first cave where you will be rewarded with the soft glow of many of thousands of glowworms, enough to gently light up an entire cave. Walk through Cave of the Spirit, a lovely succession of chambers to find speleothems, fossil remains of extinct moa and cathedrals filled with natural light, softly falling to the floor. You will have, 1 guide, 2 caves to visit and up to 12 people. Lots of time is taken so you can truly enjoy one of nature’s greatest light spectacles.
In the first cave, see glowworms close up to discover their real identities. Then board a raft to experience a spellbinding drift down the mysterious cave river. Sit beneath the closest, densest and most sweeping glowworm display you could wish for.
Our second cave is approached via a scenic gorge path retracing a lost river. At the cave we turn on soft lighting and introduce you to the ancient world of the Cave of the Spirit. Be prepared to be surprised by this cave.
Over the last 2 years we have had many requests for private exclusive photo tours, it is possible to request one, however this is a more affordable way to do a photography tour. Join in with a few others (maximum 6 people). You must have a tripod and a camera, with equipment suitable to use in low light.
NOTE: ONLY AVAILABLE EACH TUESDAY FORTNIGHT , AT 4PM TO AVOID INTERUPTION OF OUR 3 1/4 HOUR TOURS. Duration 3 1/2 hours.
You also need to be familiar with the functions of your particular camera too achieve this – A typical Glowworm shot would be 30 seconds f4, Iso 6400 , depending how much extra reflections you like in your picture.
You must bring spare batteries and memory cards as there is nothing available at the site.
You also must feel confident focusing your camera in very low light conditions. Your guide will be able to recommend the best places to setup, and assist if necessary.