Charleston: Fully Guided Glow Worm Cave Eco-Tour

Activity provider: Underworld Adventures

Charleston: Fully Guided Glow Worm Cave Eco-Tour

Activity provider: Underworld Adventures

From US$ 82.49 per person

Journey deep into an ancient cave system and walk admits pristine stalactites and stalagmites. Discover the magical Ananui entrance series and galaxies of glow worms on this eco-tour from Charleston.

About this activity

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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 3.5 hours
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Live tour guide
Small group
Limited to 10 participants


  • Travel with the Nile River Rainforest Train into the beautiful Paparoa National Park
  • Explore the enormous Nile River Cave System walking amidst a pristine ancient wonderland of stalactites and stalagmites
  • Discover the awe inspiring Ananui Cave and gaze at surreal twinkling galaxies of glow worms
Full description
Your adventure starts at the Charleston Base, where you will be equipped with a caving helmet and meet your cave guide. A short drive will take you into the tranquil rainforest covered limestone valley to board the Nile River Rainforest Train. Here, start your journey into the Paparoa National Park exploring one of its highly protected and unique features – ancient cave systems, fragile cave formations, twinkling glow worms – hidden below lush rainforest. On your short walk to the cave, enjoy the tranquil beauty of the native bush and leave the river bed to gain amazing views of the river below. Leaving daylight behind you, explore the enormous Nile River Caves System, seeing, feeling, and getting close to an ancient wonderland sculpted by water and decorated with fragile calcite formations. Underground, visit the Hall of Refugees and its breathtaking calcite formations before emerging back into daylight to the awe-inspiring Ananui entrance series. Exploring the lower level of the cave system, you will find a glow-in-the-dark night sky made of amazing galaxies of glow worms. Your guides will enrich your journey with captivating illustrations, explanations, and stories connecting you with this special place. After emerging back to the daylight, a short stroll leads you back to the train.
  • Fully guided tour
  • Entrance to the glow worm caves
  • Caving equipment
  • Food and beverages
Not suitable for
  • Children under 5 years
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All required protective equipment is provided
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
Traveler requirements
  • Masks are optional for this activity

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Meeting point

Meet your guide at the Underworld Adventure Centre Base in Charleston 30 minutes prior to your Adventure departure time to check in and/or register for your much anticipated adventure.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Rain gear
  • Warm clothing
  • Hiking shoes

Know before you go

  • Must be able to walk unassisted over uneven, slippery ground for two hours
  • Must be able to walk up 135 steps to the cave entrance
  • Must be able to crouch down to walk through lower parts of the cave

Product ID: 355500