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  1. New Zealand
  2. Bay of Islands
  3. Paihia

Kawiti Glowworm Cave Tour

Product ID: 197938
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Your local Maori guide will lead you through underground caverns to see the glow worms and tell you how the caves came to be found. Your 30 minute guided tour will follow a wooden boardwalk (with handrails) through a 200-meter limestone cave system.
About this activity
Duration 2 hours
Skip the ticket line
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
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Live tour guide
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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  • Explore the Kawiti Glowworm Cave
  • See thousands of glow worms close up, hear about their life cycle
  • Enjoy breathtaking stalagmites and stalactites
  • Walk through a natural corridor of karst rock formations and pristine rainforest
  • Learn more about Maori culture and local history
Full description
Your tour will start at Paihia wharf, where your friendly local guide will transport you to the caves in a 12 seater dual air-conditioned minibus, the journey will take around 15 minutes. Your 30 minute guided tour will follow a wooden boardwalk through a 200-meter limestone cave system.

Once inside, you will see thousands of glow worms spread across the ceiling surrounded by breathtaking stalactites and stalagmites. You will hear about the history of the caves, which were discovered in the early 17th century by Roku. Hineamaru, famous chieftainess of the Ngati Hine Tribe arrived at Waiomio with her aged father, Torongare and her brothers.

As you enjoy the galaxies of glow worms above, your friendly guide will explain the life cycle of the New Zealand Glowworm (Arachnocampa Luminosa) and the intricate webs used to catch their prey. You’ll even get close enough to see the actual body of the glow worm and its stunning blue/green tail light before you make the return bushwalk through a natural corridor of karst rock formations and pristine rainforest.

  • Transport
  • Driver
  • Guided caves tour
What’s Not Included
  • Food or drinks

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Know before you go
• Please bring a warm top, as the caves can be cool even on a warm summer's day
• Minimum numbers apply
• This tour is not wheelchair accessible
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