1770 Waikaretu Valley Rd, Waikaretu

Tour overview

Glowworm caves. Day trip from Auckland, North Island, New Zealand

The walk to and from the cave is through a working farm and native rainforest. The tour follows the stream which runs through the cave, this means feet will get wet.

Most of the cave is open and spacious except for a twenty-metre length, which must be crawled through, some people will get their clothing wet in this section, so you need to bring a full change of clothes.

An experienced guide will lead you through the cave and will point out many interesting features and give you some background on their formation.

A wide variety of stalactites and stalagmites can be seen, including giant pillars, fine straws and flowing shawls. The cave has an abundance of calcite formations and many glow-worms. The glow-worms and their dewy threads may be studied up close. In the big, cathedral-like cavern they resemble the night sky.

The cave environment is fragile and visitors must help us preserve this special place by taking great care not to touch and damage formations or glow-worms.

At the end of the cave steps lead up through a beautiful native rainforest. The final leg of the tour comes out onto the farm with wide views and a glimpse of the sea, before returning downhill to the café.