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23 Waitomo Village Road
23 Waitomo Village Road, Waitomo 3943, New ZealandOur Office is located on a corner. Next to the Waitomo Caves I-Site and straight across the road from the Waitomo Children's Playground. The best way to find us is to use google maps and type in Caveworld, Waitomo
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    Footwhistle Glowworm Cave
    Stop: 75 minutes - Admission included
    Meet your guide and small group at the CaveWorld office, then hop in a shuttle for a 5-minute ride to the cave. Disembark and follow your guide on a short walk through New Zealand’s lush forest where you can glimpse native birds, ferns and a large waterfall that feeds a stream that runs into the cave. Pause at the entrance while your eyes adjust to the dim light and listen as your guide shares the history of Footwhistle cave, known to local Maori as Te Anaroa cave. Once you’re ready, enter the candle-lit cavern. Marvel at the soft pinpoints of light that come from the glowworms surrounding you. Your guide can help you get great photos in the dim cavern. Continue further into the cave on a side passage where you will see ancient bones from a moa, a large emu-like bird that went extinct about 600 years ago. As you slowly walk through the cave system, note its otherworldly setting of sparkly stalactite and stalagmite formations, twinkling bugs, and a bubbling stream that runs through the cave. When you reach the largest cavern, take a seat as your guide demonstrates how the first cave tours were conducted more than 100 years ago. Your guide lights a magnesium torch that flares brightly for a moment, revealing sculptural rock formations and a dome-shaped ceiling. As the torch fades, your guide turns on the lights and gives you time to look around the magnificent space. Make your way back to the cave entrance after about 30 minutes and return by shuttle to the office where your tour ends.
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    Departure Point
    23 Waitomo Village Road, Waitomo 3943, New Zealand
    Duration
    1h 15m
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    Inclusions
    • Air-conditioned vehicle
    • Local guide
    • Coffee and/or Tea - You also get to try our local NZ Tea KawaKawa at the end of your cave tour!
    • Entry/Admission - Footwhistle Glowworm Cave
    Exclusions
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
    • Walking Shoes
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Warm clothing
    • Camera or Video
    • NO infants 0-4 years old permitted on tour
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • Not reccommended for those who with hip or knee problems
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    We were lucky enough to be able to visit this beautiful cave. Kyle is amazing, very knowledgable and truly passionate. The bonus of sitting down at the end for a cup of Kawakawa tea topped the tour off perfectly. Thank you so much
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    We booked the sunset night tour and our party of 3 was the only one on it which was great, saw heaps of glow worms and enjoyed our tour and all information provided,our tour guide Richard was great. Coming out at the end in the dark was a bonus seeing all the glow worms on the
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    Response from Henrywhanau, Reservations at Footwhistle Glowworm Cave
    Responded 5 Nov. 2019
    Kia ora Kathie It's great to hear you enjoyed our Sunset Footwhistle Glowworm Cave tour with Richmond who has been guiding for many years in our local village. Thankyou for posting feedback and wishing you safe travels
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    We had a small group (just four visitors) led by family member Rich. After a short drive through the countryside, we accessed the cave via a long set of stairs. Rich showed us many interesting features, and explained the lifecycle and habits of the glow worms very well. The tea
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    Response from Henrywhanau, Front Office Manager at Footwhistle Glowworm Cave
    Responded 5 Nov. 2019
    Hi Matt It's great to hear you enjoyed your Footwhistle Glowworm Cave tour and appreciated the information from your guide Richmond. Because we take no more than 11 people on one tour - our customers are able to better enjoy our boutique experience which includes all that you summed up in your kind review. Thank you so much for choosing to experience glowworms with us and placing feedback.
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    Having visited the Waitomo Caves on a number of occasions, the best operator by far is CaveWorld Tours. The fact that this a small family run business should not in any way suggest it is less professional than some of the bigger operators. Quite to the contrary, these guys are
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    Response from Henrywhanau, Front Office Manager at Footwhistle Glowworm Cave
    Responded 5 Nov. 2019
    Kia Ora Taktot Wow what an amazing review of our business! We are proudly locally owned and operated and always thinking of ways to improve our boutique offering that is Footwhistle Glowworm Cave. We have a very small staff made up of family...and long time friends that feel just like family who all have many years experience in Cave tourism prior to the establishment of Footwhistle Glowworm Cave so they are always keen to share their knowledge.The kawakawa tea is very much considered a lovely touch by many of our customers and it's always nice to know it is appreciated. Thank you for the time to place feedback Taktot
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    5 stars with the sunset tour as the secret experience is leaving the cave after dark after entering at dusk. Really worthwhile - the bonus cup of kawakawa tea and explanation of its medicinal uses was a bonus. Great guide and explanations. Highly recommended
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    Response from Henrywhanau, Front Office Manager at Footwhistle Glowworm Cave
    Responded 5 Nov. 2019
    Hi there Tim Thank you for taking time to place feedback of our Sunset Footwhistle Glowworm Cave Tour. Entering the cave tour on dusk and exiting in darkness is a very unique experience and we are happy that you enjoyed your tour, our guides and the explanantions given.
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