Off the Beaten Track - Glowworm Caving Adventure Tour in Waitomo
  • Off the Beaten Track - Glowworm Caving Adventure Tour in Waitomo

    The top rated, most intimate, and most personalised glow worm cave tour in Waitomo.

    Our awesome Waitomo adventure is tucked away “off the beaten track” on our family farm and we LOVE it that way and so do our guests.

    Our “Glowing” Highlights
    • Amazing glow worm displays!
    • Just the right amount of adventure
    • Away from the crowds
    • Small group sizes
    • Cameras welcome
    • Authentic eco experience
    • Family owned and operated
    • Photos, tea, coffee and biscuits included
    • #1 Trip Advisor rated tour in the Waitomo District

    Itinerary
    This is a typical itinerary for this product

    Stop At: Glowing Adventures, 1199 Oparure Road, Waitomo Caves 3985 New Zealand

    1199 Oparure Road, Maungarongapu Cave

    Duration: 3 hours



    Informacion Adicional
    "Confirmation will be received at time of booking"
    "Minimum of 2 people per tour."
    "Maximum of 8 people per tour."
    "Minimum age is 12 years."
    "Children under the age of 15 must be accompanied by an adult."
    "This tour is not suitable for elderly people 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."
    "Tours may be cancelled in case of flooding. In the unlikely event that your tour is cancelled, you'll receive a full refund."



    • Lugar de comienzo: 1199 Oparure Road, Te Kuiti 3985, New Zealand

    • Duración: 3 hours
    • Cancelaciones y devoluciones: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
  • Incluye

    • See the caves just as nature intended. All caving equipment and warm clothing including: thermal top, thermal pants, fleece top, shorts, gumboots, socks, helmet and headlamp. A local guide with a deep connection to the caves and a wealth of information to share. Tea, coffee, and a snack. An email with awesome photos of your adventure. Proper Kiwi hospitality!
    • Entry/Admission - Glowing Adventures

    No Incluye

    • We can not pick up or drop off. There is no public transport so you will need to have your own transport to 1199 Oparure Road.
  • 10/10

    Recomendación de los pasajeros 100%
    Rating basado en 9 Críticas verificadas

    Nuestros clientes

    • Pui Chi I
      Publicado el Miércoles, 08 de enero del 2020

      The caves are under the ground of a private owned farm. Heath guided us and told us about the environment and the stories. It was a small group private tour. We were provided with all necessary clothes and gears. The clothes were clean. The view of the places that we visited was fantastic. The glowworm cave that Heath took us to see had lots of glowworm, more than another tour that we also joined. The tour was fun. We walked into the water, hiked, climbed and crawled. It was fun but not physically challenged. My whole family enjoyed it very much. And the great bonus is that this tour allowed us to bring phone or pocket-size camera. We took some beautiful photos. The glowworm cave was too dark to take photo, but Health brought his mini-tripod for his phone, and he took a great picture for us, just under the glowworm! I highly recommend this tour!

        Calificación General: 10/10
    • Seija S
      Publicado el Lunes, 13 de mayo del 2019

      My husband and I greatly enjoyed this tour! Our tour guide Heath was funny, knowledgeable about the cave system and ecology, and was supportive and encouraging during the tour. We appreciated the "genuine" caving experience, squeezing past rocks and climbing over boulders! We made our way to a huge cavern and turned off our headlamps, surrounded by the twinkling blue/green lights of glowworms. Definitely recommend this tour to others!

        Calificación General: 10/10
    • Janice K
      Publicado el Jueves, 22 de febrero del 2018

      This tour turned out to be way more than we expected - but in a great way. Kingey took us down into the caves and into areas that we would have never ventured without his excellent guidance. It was a true adventure and we loved every minute of it. The glow worms were beautiful to see.

        Calificación General: 10/10
    • Katharine M
      Publicado el Jueves, 01 de febrero del 2018

      I would highly, highly recommend this tour! The staff was great and we were provided all equipment needed for caving. Because it was a small group, we could really enjoy the caving experience, see the glow worms up close, and enjoy the "starry" view in peace and quiet. Go on this tour!

        Calificación General: 10/10
    • Chantal T
      Publicado el Domingo, 14 de enero del 2018

      Loved this experience! I would recommend this company to everyone. It's a family run operation on private land. The small group was perfect. We moved faster than some people in our group but our guide took care of both parties. Our tour guide was informative and funny and even took pictures of us and sent them to us afterwards. So thoughtful! They give you everything you need helmet with headlamp, clothes to keep warm in even though you can look quite silly, appropriate footwear for wading through water, a place to rinse off afterwards, and coffee/tea and cookies upon return. I read reviews of other people not thinking the glow worm experience was worth it because they weren't that bright, but that was definitely not the case here. It was amazing to sit in complete darkness with tiny bright lights everywhere.

        Calificación General: 10/10
    • Kelsey N
      Publicado el Lunes, 06 de marzo del 2017

      My fiancé and I both agreed that this was the highlight of our trip. We saved the glow worm tours as one of the last activities on our 2 week New Zealand vacation and I'm so glad we went with this tour opposed to the more advertised Waitomo Glowworm cave tour companies. We did the Tongariro Crossing 2 days before and while it was fun we were disappointed at how touristy it felt because of the sheer number of people on the trail. This glowworm tour was the complete opposite! There were only three people in our tour group total-Me, my fiancé, and a young man from Germany. Our tour guide was the great grandson of the original land owner who discovered the caves. They supplied all the clothing and everything we needed and since this is a real caving experience and you get dirty crawling through tight spaces they even have a shower facility to clean off once you are done with the tour. They also put out cookies, tea, and coffee on the deck after the tour and we got to talk with them all about the area and region. It felt like going to a friends house for an afternoon of caving! I would recommend this tour and company to everyone visiting New Zealand! The only downside is that the Glowworms don't photograph well but that just means they are more special because not everyone gets to see them in all their glory unless they go in person!

        Calificación General: 10/10
    • Carl K
      Publicado el Viernes, 16 de diciembre del 2016

      This is a very small group tour of a private cave owned and operated by the family who has been on the land for generations. In our case it was almost a private tour with Ash, the cousin of the proprietors. You need to be able to move about in varying terrain and over and under rocks without issue. You will be allowed to take time along the way to contemplate your surroundings. Appropriate clothes including footwear are provided. This is NOT the large-scale caves nearby, and it will take you longer to get there than the others.

        Calificación General: 10/10
    • James K
      Publicado el Sábado, 08 de octubre del 2016

      We had an awesome tour! This was the coolest, best thing we did on our 2 week honeymoon in NZ. They were so nice and the experience was amazing.

        Calificación General: 10/10
    • Alessandra C
      Publicado el Domingo, 13 de marzo del 2016

      Loved everything about this tour! Family run. Small tour sizes. Felt like a real caver!

        Calificación General: 10/10
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