Formally Glowing Adventures. We're now Down to Earth! Learn more...

Private Glowworm Cave Tours On Our Family Farm

We Are Serious About Regenerative Sustainable Tourism

Forest restoration

Forest restoration project

Since 2018 we have planted one native tree for each customer that has visited us here at Down to Earth.
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Low carbon footprint

Our carbon footprint

Down to Earth is proud to have a low carbon footprint. We measure all the CO2 emissions from our day to day operations.
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Protecting our waterways

Protecting our waterways

We’ve built fences to help ensure the health and wellbeing of our precious waterways.
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Pest control

Pest control

We’ve already seen the positive effect our trapping programme has had on our native bush and birdlife. Both are flourishing!
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Preventing single use plastic

Preventing single use plastic

If you’re traveling through the area with an empty bottle, call in and say hello. We’ll happily refill your bottle with our fresh filtered tap water.
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#1 glow worm cave tour in Waitomo

Don’t take our word for it. We love welcoming visitors from across New Zealand and the world and we get some glowing reviews. On Trip Advisor we are the #1 rated glow worm cave tour in Waitomo, and many overseas visitors say it was the highlight of their trip to New Zealand.


Get cracking and book today! Choose from our ”Off the Beaten Track” eco tour, Private tour or Photography tour. We can’t wait to meet you.

Cameras welcome

You are welcome to bring a small pocket sized camera or phone to capture some of New Zealand’s finest scenery. If you’re a photography enthusiast you might like to bring your larger camera and tripod on our private Photography Tour.

Off the beaten track

No stuffy tour buses or queues here! Our guided tours are for small groups of 8, so you can enjoy an up close and personal experience at your own pace. We’ll even email you awesome photos of your adventure afterwards for FREE!

Our caves are world famous

There are over 300 caves in Waitomo, but ours is one of only two cave systems classified as ‘of international significance’ by NZ’s Department of Conservation. Trust us, you’ll meet a lot of very important glow worms.

An authentic eco experience

This is an authentic, real deal caving adventure with untouched glow worm caves and stunning limestone formations in their purest form. No fancy gadgets like electric lights or handrails. We want happy worms.

Just the right amount of adventure

Our tours are fun and adventurous. Our experienced guides tailor the tour to each group, making sure you will be challenged and excited with just the right amount of adventure to suit your abilities.

Proudly Kiwi owned and operated

Our family has lived in Waitomo for over 100 years. We grew up exploring the incredible glow worm caves and pristine native bush on our family farm, and now we love sharing our piece of paradise with you.

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