Waitomo Caves Tours
Private Waitomo Glowworm Cave Tours
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Private Waitomo Glowworm Cave Tours

By Down to Earth - Eco Cave Tours In Waitomo
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Duration: 3h
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  • Private tour
  • Local guide
  • Tea, coffee, and a snack, after your tour
  • Shower facilities for after the tour
  • We provide all the equipment and clothing you will need for your adventure. We supply you with: Thermal top Thermal pants Fleece top Shorts Gumboots Even socks! This way once the tour is over you can pop back into your clean clothes and leave us to deal with your dirty laundry! On the tour you will also be required to wear a helmet and head lamp which we provide.
  • Snacks
  • Coffee and/or Tea
  • Entry/Admission - Down to Earth - Eco Cave Tours In Waitomo
What's not included
  • You must have your own transport to get to 1199 Oparure Road. There is no public transport and we can not pick up or drop off.


Start:
  • 1199 Oparure Road, Te Kuiti 3985, New Zealand
    Please follow signs on Oparure road.
End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    • Not wheelchair accessible
    If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 24439P2

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult
    • A maximum of 8 people per booking
    • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
    • Minimum age is 12 years
    • Not recommended for anyone with physical difficulties.
    • A reasonable level of fitness is required.
    • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

    • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

    If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 24439P2

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    • Down to Earth - Eco Cave Tours In Waitomo
      1,358
      New Zealand
      Joined in December 2015
    • Flyer12928970988
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Best caves in all Waitomo
      Ash was phenomenal and the tour of the gorge and caves was a memorable experience! Small group and light hearted fun! Important to be in good physical condition as you will be scrambling and climbing rocks and wading through knee deep water. Can’t miss this!
      Written June 14, 2024
    • 423dallasm
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Fantastic tour by fantastic people
      This was a great tour of the glow worm caves ran by a fantastic family owned business. The caves were amazing and the glow worms were fascinating. I would without a doubt recommend this to anyone looking to take a glow worm tour!
      Written May 28, 2024
    • Valery-John
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Swiss people in New Zealand'glow cave
      Just amazing ! Ash is a nice guy ! Warm welcome. The site is great. Price is nice too. Lot of explanation were given to us ! After the visit, great stop wih cookies and coffee ! Thanks pour all
      Written May 26, 2024
    • 874hollyp
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      A must do!
      Amazing experience. Very friendly guides, good atmosphere and a lot of fun! Very interesting and accessible cave systems with enough of a challenge if you're up for it.
      Written April 30, 2024
    • StephenH81
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great interactive tour, thanks!
      Fantastic 3 hours from start to finish. Ash is a great guide. Funny and informative. Very interactive experience walking through the caves and river and scrambling over rocks. Clothing and equipment were top notch.
      Written March 31, 2024
    • SandieAuj
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Amazing experience for an amazing place
      Ash, our guide was very interesting and funny. He took really nice picture of us. Our visit of the cave was impressive and beautiful. We loved it. 100% recommended
      Written March 27, 2024
    • SandieAuj
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Amazing experience
      Ash, our guide was very interesting and funny. Our visit in the cave was impressive and beautiful. 100% recommended
      Written March 27, 2024
    • tfhutton
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Unique adventure
      Not for the faint of heart, but worth the boulder-hopping and wet feet. Yes, your feet will be wet, so just be prepared. And you will have to strip down to your underwear to put on the gear provided. But it is all worthwhile, as the clothes will keep you warm and the work to get deep into the cave is well worth the trip. Ash is a great guide, and you will learn a lot in your three hour tour of this private paradise. We did another glow worm tour, and this was far better, due to the small group and unique nature of this cave.
      Written March 27, 2024
    • canucked
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Invigorating experience
      Truly an amazing experience! Easily the highlight of our trip to NZ! We choose this tour because we knew it would be a small group - you are treated like family. You must be in decent physical shape as you'll be climbing, splashing and squeezing through the limestone cave system. A little spooky at times but very exhilarating being inside the earth in the dark where you'll hear the water flowing through and witness the glowworms. Very humbling to realize what your eyes are processing, even before you're in the caves. You are very well taken care of and fitted with equipment for this experience. Thank you Ash and Michelle
      Written March 27, 2024
    • lzzcannon
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      More caving fun than expected
      Was wonderful exploring this family farm, and share their secret spaces. The caving was more challenging than expected, just enough to make you feel you accomplished something! The guide was great.
      Written March 27, 2024
    • hongyao-zhuangSG
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Wonderful Experience!
      Ash was great in making sure that all of us were comfy, safe and relaxed! Was blown away by his knowledge of the caves and his fitness for his age! All of us had a really good time in getting our feet wet and this is something which we'd really reccomend to anyone that is visiting the north island if you are generally fit and are seeking a unique experience!
      Written March 23, 2024
    • marclewe
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great Adventure and Nice Photos!
      Booked the „Off the beaten Track Tour“ and it was amazing. Great guided hike through the cave an we saw more than just glowworms. But especially the photos of us with the glowworms in the background are wounderful.
      Written March 22, 2024
    • slygoug
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Awesome Eco Cave visit
      The Tour Guide, Ash, was incredible. He did an awesome job during the visit to ensure that we were comfortable in the caves and that the group stayed all together. Provided a lot of information and detailed on the caves and glowing worms which was very interesting. Took the time to take pictures of us and they were sent the next morning by email. We definitely recommend this tour because it is done in small group and the hospitality of the people at Down to Earth is amazing from the start to finish. Thank you again for this incredible journey in your caves. Sylvain & Helene
      Written March 22, 2024
    • learrigoni
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Glow worm cave adventure
      Warm and friendly guide Ashe took great care of us . Very informative, fun, and unusual experience. Highly recommend!!
      Written March 16, 2024
    • cruiserGeorgia
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      A New Zealand highlight!
      This is an excellent way to see the New Zealand glow worms up close. They were amazing. Our guide Ash was knowledgeable and fun. The cave is beautiful. We loved hiking in the natural cave. You have to climb a bit, walk through the stream, and fit through tight spaces. It was a little challenging but very doable ( we are in average shape and in our mid sixties). Go on this tour! You’ll be glad you did.
      Written March 9, 2024
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    Javier_A_C_Q_2022
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Dec 2021
    The private tour was the highlight of this particular activity - our family was able to enjoy this amazing place as a group, with Ash as our very knowledgeable and patient guide through the caves. It has all sorts of scenery and is enough of a physical challenge to get the heart-rate up! We learned heaps along the way, and the glowworm cavern was a unique quiet experience. Ash took photos along the way and these were later emailed to us free of charge - great memories. We were able to take our own photos as well, but getting everyone in the group photos was appreciated. Highly recommend as a family/group activity.
    Written January 1, 2022
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    Thank you so much for taking the time to review our company. We are so glad you enjoyed our photos. The guides have spent many hours taking photos in the cave and we think they are getting pretty good at taking photos in the dark! :-)
    Written May 31, 2022
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    Ross T
    Wellington, New Zealand9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I was fortunate to go on this truely awesome adventure. It had everything- fast flowing water (filling up your gumboots). Glow worms, tight spots, stalagmites, stalactites, and amazing scenery. All this with Ash who guided and entertained us throughout the 3 hours. The tour; with all clothing provided; ended with a hot drink and biscuit.
    This tour is a must and worth every penny.
    Ross
    Written July 23, 2020
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    Thanks for taking the time to write this AMAZING review :-) We are glad you enjoyed coming to hang out with us in our backyard in Waitomo.
    Written May 31, 2022
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    Denis J
    Sao Paulo, SP4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Did the Gloworm cave tour with Down to Earth with Ash as a guide. The cave experience is unique and beautiful. Ash was amazing, took lots of pictures for us inside the cave, was very friendly throughout - plus we got cookies, coffee and tea afterwards! Very much recommended.
    Written January 3, 2023
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    We are so glad that you enjoyed our off the beaten track experience. Sometimes it’s great to get away from the crowds and really explore a place. Thank you for taking the time to review us!
    Written August 13, 2023
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    Dianne H
    7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sep 2022 • Family
    This was an absolutely fantastic experience and I highly recommend it. The entire family enjoyed it and will remember it as an absolute highlight of our New Zealand trip. The host was wonderful, the caves spectacular, everything was perfect. Fantastic company- at every stage they were so easy to deal with. I really cannot speak highly enough of this experience.
    Written September 24, 2022
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    McKenna T
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Was a tour experience for a class I was taking. Tour guide, Ash was extremely knowledgeable about the caves and the land history. He and the business are very eco friendly and actively helping New Zealand Predatory Free 2050 which is awesome. He knows his stuff and cares about each member of his group. Smaller groups are better for them as it makes the experience more personable.
    Written July 8, 2023
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    Hey McKenna, thanks for taking the time to review our tour. It was a pleasure to meet you! Here at Down to Earth we aim to leave this beautiful land even more beautiful than when we found it. Which seems impossible I know! We’re working hard planting over 10,000 natives trees, and continuing pest control. If you listen carefully you can almost hear the native birds saying thank you :-)
    Written August 13, 2023
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    Phyu
    Hamilton, New Zealand86 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    It was a great experience. All gears are provided. Such fun to walk in the stream in the cave. Glowworms can be seen close up too. If you like a bit of adventure and lots and lotsof fun it is a good fit 😊
    Written January 3, 2023
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    Thank you for taking the time to review us. As the smallest company in Waitomo we really appreciate it! It is so helpful for future guests to understand the experience we provide :-)
    Written August 13, 2023
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    Clare B
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    May 2021
    Our personalised tour was one of the highlights of NZ! Learned a lot about the biology of the caves and the glow worms themselves - nature is amazing! Ash was very friendly, hilarious and informative and made it an unforgettable experience. Highly recommended!
    Written May 9, 2021
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    Katy F
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jul 2020
    The most fun I've had in ages. Our tour was basically the "off the beaten track tour". Whole family loved it. Great guide. Really memorable experience.
    Written July 12, 2020
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    Thank you so much for taking the time to review our family business. Take care and safe travels.
    Written May 31, 2022
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

    Doriane poutier
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Dec 2019 • Couples
    It was perfect ! Ash was the best guid we ever know and the cave was magnificient ! Real pleasure !!!!
    Written December 12, 2019
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    Thank you so much for your kind words. We really appreciate you taking the time out to share your experience caving with us. We agree, Ash is truly a gem to have on our team at Glowing Adventures! It’s awesome to have his local knowledge of the Waitomo area and of course the dad jokes! We count ourselves lucky for customers like you :-)
    Written December 27, 2019
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    normanv78
    Auckland Central, New Zealand4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We just had our glowing adventure yesterday and I must say it’s been one of the best family tours ever!!! What captured me most to make the booking was the fact that it’s private and you can really get up close and personal with the glow worms. The guide has been superb! Ash was so hilarious during the 3-hr eco tour. Worth the trip and price with all the gears provided and a delicious cookie treat at the end of the tour. Lying down on the rocks, with the sound gushing water, watching thousands of glow worms - ahh just magical! Highly recommended!
    Written October 27, 2019
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    Wow Norman, this review is so appreciated! Glowing Adventures is a small family business working hard to provide a genuine caving adventure. It’s amazing to hear how much you loved the experience. We really believe in getting off the beaten track and experiencing glow worms just as nature intended. We’re so glad you agree. Come visit us again one day - we’d love to welcome you back to our little piece of paradise in Waitomo :)
    Written October 28, 2019
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