Meet your guide at the Waitomo caving base and begin your adventure in one of only two caves in the Waitomo district recognized by the New Zealand Department of Conservation as having international significance.
Put on warm layers, boots, helmet, and headlamp, and venture into the underground caverns with your guide. This part of the cave system is completely untouched, without concrete paving, electricity, or handrails—you are completely immersed in the natural world.
Clamber over boulders, hike up rocky inclines, and wade through shallow streams. As you navigate the terrain, marvel at the spectacular sight of billions of bright green glowworms twinkling on the cavern roof. As you explore, listen as your guide sheds light on the glowworms’ behavior and lifecycle.
After exploring the caves, return to base for a warming shower. Your tour ends after you collect the photographs that your guide took during your adventure.
Please note: This tour is not suitable for anyone with mobility difficulties. A reasonable level of fitness is required.