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Private Waitomo Glowworm Cave Tours provided by Down to Earth - Eco Cave Tours In Waitomo

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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LIKELY TO SELL OUT*
Private Waitomo Glowworm Cave Tours
By Down to Earth - Eco Cave Tours In Waitomo
Recommended by 100% of travelers
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from
$515.64
per group (up to 8)
from
$515.64
per group (up to 8)

Lowest price guaranteeReserve now & pay laterFree cancellation

Ages 0-99, max of 8 per group
Duration:
3h
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Ticket type:
Mobile
English


  • 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.


Departure details
  • 1199 Oparure Road, Te Kuiti 3985, New Zealand Please follow signs on Oparure road.
Return details
  • Returns to original departure 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 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.

How much is Private Waitomo Glowworm Cave Tours?
Private Waitomo Glowworm Cave Tours price starts from $512.89. Discover and book Private Waitomo Glowworm Cave Tours on Tripadvisor
What is the Private Waitomo Glowworm Cave Tours cancellation policy?
Private Waitomo Glowworm Cave Tours cancellation policy: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Discover and book Private Waitomo Glowworm Cave Tours on Tripadvisor
Which company provides Private Waitomo Glowworm Cave Tours?
Private Waitomo Glowworm Cave Tours is hosted by Down to Earth - Eco Cave Tours In Waitomo. Read reviews, discover additonal experiences or contact Down to Earth - Eco Cave Tours In Waitomo on Tripadvisor. Discover and book Private Waitomo Glowworm Cave Tours on Tripadvisor
How much time do I need for Private Waitomo Glowworm Cave Tours?
On average, this experience will take approximately 3h. Discover and book Private Waitomo Glowworm Cave Tours on Tripadvisor

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

Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    1199 Oparure Road
    1199 Oparure Road, Te Kuiti 3985, New Zealand
    Please follow signs on Oparure road.
    See address & details
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    Down to Earth - Eco Cave Tours In Waitomo
    Stop: 3 hours - Admission included
    1199 Oparure Road, Maungarongapu Cave
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  • You'll return to the starting point
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About the operator

Don’t take it from us – here’s what people have to say about this operator.

407clareb
407clareb
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Glow worm caves tour
Our personalised tour was one of the highlights of NZ! Learned a lot about the biology of the caves and the glow wo
Nic160827
Nic160827
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Loved it!
The name says it all "Glowing Adventures" Amazing time exploring these caves. No crowds, just the best that mothe
gypsysoyster
gypsysoyster
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No tour buses here!
Huge thanks to all of those that left their reviews of this fantastic tour which helped me to pick this one. Reall
Catherine S
Catherine S
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You just gotta do this
What an experience. So natural, no electricity or paths, just head lights and squeezing thru small spaces. Beautif
Velvon A
Velvon A
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Amazing and adventurous
Did a caving tour for the second time and I am confident that I will be doing it again and again. Twice is never en
neicynz
neicynz
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JUST DO IT !!!
Get out of your comfort zone and away from the crowds. This tour is small and unique, Ash our guide explained all
Allan T
Allan T
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Great cave day out
I have done most caves in the Waitomo area and this cave, plus the tour itself, is by far the best, especially if y
BajaLisa07
BajaLisa07
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One of the highlights of our trip to New Zealand
This was spectacular! I had learned about the glow worms many years ago and wanted to make sure we got to experien
Matthewbarnett
Matthewbarnett
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Great little adventure
My GF and I came here as part of a wrekend adventure. I think this is a great stepping stone for anyone looking to
kiwitripper64
kiwitripper64
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Hands on, up close, dirty and fun
Fantastic mix of walking, wading, scrambling squeezing and relaxing. The tour takes about 3 hours. It was a little
K4678XVveronicaa
K4678XVveronicaa
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Amazing! Don’t go woth anyone else!!
We absolutely loved our time at Glowing Adventures. It’s a family owned and run business and a personalised experie
random_username3
random_username3
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One of the BEST ADVENTURE during our holiday!
We had such a great time with Ash our guide. We did not once felt unsafe and had a lot of good laughs with him. We
J1323BMcharlesp
J1323BMcharlesp
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A real spelunking experience
A fascinating and educational experience. This was the real deal....a class 5 rapids trip, if you were to compare i
MichelleTrabucc
MichelleTrabucc
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Great glowing adventures!
My husband and I came here while on vacation. We looked at many tours in the area and the appeal to Glowing Adventu
Kyla867
Kyla867
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Great Tour
This was an excellent tour, with very small groups, a local guide with a historic family connection to the caves. O
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Javier_A_C_Q_2022
2 contributions
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 Zealand7 contributions
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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Katy F
1 contribution
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
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ClaireandKeith
Cambridge, UK35 contributions
We had a fantastic afternoon visiting Glowing Adventures. The group was small (only 4 of us) and the trip about 3 hours long. Heath our guide was great and had the right balance of humour and reassurance to encourage us through the smallest holes and gaps and tunnels to get from one cavern to the next. It felt like a proper adventure! The big glow worm cavern at the end was wonderful and it was lovely just to switch off our lights and let our eyes adjust to see the spectacle above us. Thank you Heath for a great afternoon!
Written February 12, 2020
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Thank you for taking the time to review us Claire and Keith. Our guide Heath was lucky enough to grow up here in the old farm house just around the corner. He remembers his dad taking him and his brothers into the cave when he was around 5 years old!
Written February 24, 2020
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Kimberly E
3 contributions
Family
Exploring the natural glow worm cave with our tour guide and family of five ranks as one of our top experiences while traveling New Zealand for a month. On this adventure, you get up close with the glow worms, are the only ones in the caves, are properly outfitted and are led by a knowledgeable guide who adds much to the day. We have wonderful memories of our time in Waitomo and some great pictures they sent us afterward. Thanks, Glowing Adventures!
Written January 14, 2020
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You are most welcome Kimberly, thank you so much for coming. We are truly blessed to have been part of your New Zealand adventure. We look forward to showing you around our backyard again sometime :-)
Written January 14, 2020
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Doriane poutier
1 contribution
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
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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Picola1088
1 contribution
Family
This tour was so easy to book. The tour was like no other tour we've done before! We didn't have to wait for any lines or any groups before ours. We had a big group and Ash and Heath did a good job entertaining us and checking up on everybody while we were climbing the boulders and trying to squeeze through the rocks . The caves and glow worms were amazing! We got to spend a good 10 minutes looking at the glow worms in the dark. It's as if we were watching stars in the night sky! They also got good photos of us going through the caves. If you want to do a more challenging tour that involves glow worms, I would highly recommend this tour!
Written October 24, 2019
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Thank you so much for your review Picola. It is great to be able to accomodate your large group with a double "Private tour" with 2x guides! Our guides are great at working with the groups to challenge those who are wanting it and helping others that need it. We are super glad you had a great time and enjoyed our backyard, we hope you enjoyed the rest of your New Zealand travels.
Written October 28, 2019
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Megha M
Bengaluru, India48 contributions
We visited them with our 9 year old . This is as authentic a cave exploration you can have in a guided tour . We landed up in the month of October when it had rained quite a bit and as our luck would have it was raining the day of our booking as well . Our guide was Heath and after waiting out for it to thin out a bit we started our tour . It’s a short walk and then a climb down toward the mouth of the cave .
Our guide was very well versed with every corner of the cave and despite the fact that there was waist deep gushing waters while we traversed we were able to keep pace and explore quite a bit of the cave . People who have claustrophobia or aren’t comfortable squeezing through narrow crevices might want to avoid it . It’s completely dark down there and the only light is coming from the bulb on our helmets . We had a great view of the stalactites and stalagmites. And towards the end , the beautiful glow worms as well . Heath was quite adept at taking some really great pictures . We took a private tour so it was just the three of us and we covered the whole portion of the cave in about 2 hours . We were wet , cold and exhausted but we had a great experience .

Ps: they provide you with a set of clothes , boots and helmet . You also have an option of taking a shower later on and they offer you warm beverages and cookies at the end .
Pps : phones , camera , car keys passports and wallets aren’t allowed on the trip . The guide carries a camera phone and clicks pictures so he can send the link to your email id.
Written October 15, 2019
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Thank you for your review and the follow up email you sent of your son's diary log about his time in Waitomo! We really appreciate it, and so glad you all enjoyed yourselves. We do allow small cameras or phones on our tours but most people say they shouldn't have bothered because Heath does such a great job taking them and sending them free of charge. We hope you enjoyed the rest of your holiday in New Zealand.
Written October 15, 2019
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Philiopastry
Kariong, Australia129 contributions
Friends
It was a really great tour and was very interesting.
The caves are really beautiful and interesting.
The glow worms are awesome.
Written June 26, 2019
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We are so glad you had a fabulous time in Waitomo, but you have reviewed the wrong company. We are not the main large Waitomo tourist attraction. We are a small local family that run private tours on our family farm.
Written June 27, 2019
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