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Waitomo Caves

3-Hour Private Photography Tour in Waitomo Caves

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    Stop At: Glowing Adventures, 1199 Oparure Road, Waitomo Caves 3985 New Zealand

    Maungarongapu Cave system

    Duration: 3 hours
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    1199 Oparure Rd, Te Kuiti 3985, New Zealand
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    • Local guide
    • All caving equipment and warm clothing including: thermal top, thermal pants, fleece top, shorts, gumboots, socks, helmet and headlamp
    • Shower facilities for after the tour, if required
    • Tea, coffee, and snack after the tour
    • Entry/Admission - Glowing Adventures
    • Pickup and drop-off
    • Photography equipment (bring your own camera equipment)
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • Children must be accompanied by an adult
    • Not recommended for anyone with any mobility issues
    • Minimum age is 11 years
    • 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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    This is our third trip to New Zealand and our third trip to Waitomo. We absolutely love the glowworms. I also love photography, but the problem was taking pictures of glowworms is tricky and you could never do that on the tours, and we never really spent enough time viewing
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    Response from Michelle B, Owner at 3-Hour Private Photography Tour in Waitomo Caves
    Responded 9 Sep 2019
    Wow, this review is so appreciated Lana! Glowing Adventures is a small family business working hard to provide a genuine caving adventure. It’s amazing to hear how much you loved the experience. We really believe in getting off the beaten track and experiencing glow worms just as nature intended. We’re so glad you agree. Come visit us again one day - we’d love to welcome you back to our little piece of paradise in Waitomo :)
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    We had so much fun. The worms are not nearly as vibrant as most peoples pictures might showcase. I have attached an image to give a better understanding. They make the caves almost look like a pitch black sky and they are the tiny stars off in the distance. It was so beautiful
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    We had a private photo tour (2 people) in January 2019 - was expensive but worth it. As all the other tours forbid personal cameras (after experiencing two other tours, I can understand why: I would just spoil the experience for others) I was curious to see the difference at
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    The glow worms are amazing and it was fabulous to have an opportunity to take photos of the caves. Since the caves are pitch black it takes time to set up for the photo and then requires some skill to light paint the interior without detracting from the visible glow worms. The
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    Response from Michelle B, Manager at 3-Hour Private Photography Tour in Waitomo Caves
    Responded 9 Jan 2019
    Thanks Tony, Heath really enjoyed your tour group. Beautiful photos :-) Safe travels.
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    We booked the day before for 3 people. We were with another group of 3 peoples as well. Our guide (i don't remember his name was really really kind ! We enjoyed this trip into the earth. From the beginning to the end, everything was excellent ! Starting in a lush meadow
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    Response from Michelle B, Manager at 3-Hour Private Photography Tour in Waitomo Caves
    Responded 9 Jan 2019
    Thanks for your review. You joined us on our Off the Beaten Track tour, not the Private Photography tour as a Private Photography tour has a maximum of 4 people and only one group per tour. We are so glad you enjoyed it, your guides name was Heath, he grew up on the farm and first went exploring in the cave when he was 5 years old! A few years have past .... and the cave is still his happy place :-)
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    • Duration: 3h
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    • Languages Offered: English
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