An entire glowworm cave all to yourself.
A special price, for a special time.
Glowing Adventures is our little slice of Waitomo goodness. We’ve spent the last five years creating the most loved activity around these parts. We’re passionate about this place but in these trying times we no longer have the ability to run the way we used to. So, we’ve done some tinkering and come up with a way to keep sharing our private glowworm caves with you for a little bit longer.
This means at this time we are no longer selling “per person” tickets, and are only selling our “per group” private and photography tours. These tours are for groups of 2-8 people, and the price is for the entry of the entire group.
So maybe if you are looking for a per person ticket you could get some friends together to share a private tour experience. 😊 The more friends you have the more cost effective … How many mates do you have?
Unfortunately our staff have other jobs and commitments now. This means once a booking comes in we need to check to see if they are available before confirming. We recommend you book 48+ hours in advance. Please email us for any enquires or booking requests.
We now have a morning or afternoon option available and all tours will be temporarily longer than the usual 3hours to more like 3.5-4hours long, just because we can!
We are making our experience more affordable for locals by offering a $100 discount for a limited time. Private tours were $799 now $699, so divide that with your mates and flick us an email to arrange a time to come and explore our backyard. We look forward to showing you around.
Our health and safety protocols are still of the highest standard. Please see our FAQ page for updated information.
Heath is our Operations Manager/Cave Guide here at Glowing Adventures. Heath grew up on the farm we operate from and some of his earliest memories are exploring the caves as a small boy with his brothers. Heath began guiding back in the 90s when he worked in the South Island guiding motorbike adventure tours. He has 2 teenage children, is an active member of the Pirongia fire brigade, and is a karate instructor. Heath enjoys meeting and having a laugh with all the different people who visit us here.
Michelle works in the office at Glowing Adventures. If you phone us it’s very likely you’ll speak with Michelle. She looks after our visitors, runs the safety briefings for every tour, takes all the bookings, and generally does all the little things that keep things running smoothly. Michelle has three teenage children and lives in Te Awamutu.
Ash is a part-time Cave Guide here at Glowing Adventures. Ash began cave guiding back when he left high school. Since then he has had a few different jobs and is enjoying being back guiding and meeting many interesting people from all over the world. Ash has 3 small children and lives in Te Kawa. In his spare time he can be found out in the bush hunting and is also a keen fisherman. Ash has a great sense of humour and is often trying his new dad jokes out on our poor customers!
Kingi is our summer hero! We’re lucky enough to have him come and guide our tours over the busy summer period. Kingi is a family man and a proud dad to two young boys. Culture and photography are two of Kingi’s passions so you’ll be sure to experience both on one of his tours in the summer for 2019/2020.
Sarah works part time here at Glowing Adventures. You will find her in the office meeting and greeting our visitors. Sarah and her husband have 4 dogs (furry babies) and live on a dairy farm at the base of Mt Pirongia. Sarah was born in Dunedin, raised in Southland and spent 20 years in Christchurch in the hospitality industry before moving to the Waikato 5 years ago, which she now proudly calls home.
Fran is our mum. She lives about 5 minutes down the road and comes to help us out in the office from time-to-time. We are super lucky to have her support, she is our biggest fan and not biased at all!
Millie is our guard dog here at Glowing Adventures. She is a Sydney Silky crossed with a Maltese and enjoys running out to greet our customers when they arrive. Millie is often found lying in the sun or chasing flies. Mostly we think she does a great job of looking cute.