The Canyon

Footwhistle Glow Worm Tour

Enjoy a 3.5km courtesy scenic shuttle  to our cave while your experienced guide reveals the rich history of Waitomo. Then, take a short walk through breath taking  New Zealand native bush to the cave entrance. There, your guide lights the candles setting the scene for an intimate cave experience, where you will see glowworms up close, cave formations up close and appreciate the  beauty of Footwhistle Cave (also known to local maori as Te Anaroa Cave).

The solar powered lights are kept low so you can appreciate the magnificent glow worm displays at their best, only inches away. Around a corner lie the bones of one of New Zealand's lost treasures, the ancient Moa. The soothing sound of Footwhistle cave stream flows in the darkness below.

Formation  lights are especially turned on to cast  a warm glow  over stunning cave formations.  The guide tells the stories of the insect life that live here - titiwai, the glow worm, and tuna, the eel. After enjoying a relaxed stroll through the cave, you'll be seated in Footwhistle's Cathedral to see it lit up by a dazzling magnesium torch.  Although the display only lasts a few seconds, your memories of the Footwhistle Cave will last a lifetime.

Be sure to bring your camera as you will be able to take photos and your guide will also be able to help you out with the best camera settings to get your best holiday pic.  Complete the tour by enjoying a complimentary Kawa Kawa tea whilst you relax in our ponga hut nestled in native forest and surrounds.



To see the incredible glow worms of the Footwhistle Glowworm Cave up close for yourself, contact us on 0800 228 396. Or, if you like, you can book online.

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*Children age 5-17 years.  Infants ages 0-4 years of age are not permitted. Please note proof of age will be requested if you appear  to be 18 years or over upon checking in.  Failure to provide proof of age will result in additional charges.


Terms and Conditions

We require a minimum of two people for this tour to depart.  Please contact us upon making your booking as your tour may not depart due to minimum participant requirements.

Full refunds will be given less a 10% online cancellation booking fee provided cancellations are
made 24 hours in advance. No refunds will be given for cancellations made without 24 hours notification of cancellation prior to tour departure.
All  prices listed are valid until 30 September 2018  All prices listed are also  inclusive of  a Goods and Service Tax of 15%



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