Glow Worm Caves Express

Glow Worm Caves Express

2 hours | Bay of Islands | B I 1 - 1 8 5
Average Guest Rating
$ 79.95
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Points of Interest

  • Glow-worm Caves
  • Paihia and Surrounds
Moderate activity

Be sure to read the Special Notes further down this page for important requirements and restriction.

Head underground and gaze upon the magical and geological splendor of thousands of glow worms lighting up Kawiti Caves. Established in the 1950s by Te Tawai Kawiti, the great grandson of the famous Maori Chief, Kawiti who was instrumental in the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi. His descendants have followed in his footsteps guiding thousands of visitors through the subterranean networks of stalagmites, stalactites and into caverns with names like the Milky Way, a cavern filled with glow worms that feel so close you could touch them. Along the way, your guide will explain the glow worm's life cycle and the intricate webs they create 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.

Special Notes:

This tour involves considerable walking, wear comfortable shoes. Guests at the Kawiti Glow Worm Caves must be able to negotiate 150 steps through narrow walkways and caverns. Not recommended for guests with claustrophobia or limited mobility. Photography and video is not permitted in the glow worm grottoes.


Tour timeline may vary to avoid overcrowding, etc.

Depart Wharf for Kawiti Caves

Time at site: 0:30

Guided tour at Kawiti Caves

Time at site: 1:00

Depart Kawiti Caves and return to wharf

Time at site: 0:30