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Private Glow Worm Cave Tour — Glowing Adventures, Waitomo

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We are flexible with larger groups and private tours so if you can't find a time that suits give us a call and we may be able to create a new time slot for you, depending on staff availability.
Note that the minimum age for our tours is 12 years.
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About the tour

The best way to find out what to expect on the tour is to take a look at the two minute video at the bottom of this web page.

Allow one of our knowledgeable guides to escort your group on an exclusive private tour through beautiful native New Zealand forest and untouched glow worm caves. There are no handrails, no electric lights, and no concrete paths — everything is completely natural.

Private tours are similar to the standard Glowing Adventure Eco-Tour, but consist of just your party, plus a guide.

Photograph of a Glowing Adventure tour group in Mangarongapu Cave

Allow 3 hours for the tour, of which approximately 2 hours is spent in the cave system.

We provide all the equipment and clothing you need for your adventure, including appropriate clothing, boots, socks, and caving helmet.

We also offer shower facilities, hot drinks, and a snack, once the tour is over. For workplace teambuilding tours catering can be provided either before or after the tour. Please contact us at for details.

Cameras are welcome on our adventures, as long as they are not too large. A small digital camera or phone is best. Our guides will also take photographs during the tour, and digital copies are provided to you at no charge.

Maximum group size is eight, and minimum group size is two.

Minimum age is 12 years. Children under 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Maximum size is 120kgs (265lbs).

Please note that this tour is not suitable for the elderly or anyone with mobility difficulties. It involves climbing over boulders, walking up hills and wading through streams with rocks underfoot, so a reasonable level of fitness is required.

There is no public transport access to Glowing Adventures, and we are not able to pick people up. You will need your own transport to get to us.