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Rotorua, New Zealand
Nocturnal adventure Glow-worm tour

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icon3 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds


Even on the cloudiest night, the New Zealand glowworm lights up the darkness in a lucky few spots across the country. This short evening bush-walk departing from Rotorua involves a short drive, a walk through picturesque native bush and the chance to see these increasingly rare creatures. Tack this tour onto the end of a thrilling day in Rotorua instead of hiring a car for an almost two-hour drive west to visit the exceedingly popular Waitomo Caves. This is one of the easiest ways to experience Aotearoa’s unique glowworm habitats.
  • Navigate the bush with ease on this fully-guided tour
  • Focus on glowworms, not getting there, with return hotel transfers included
  • Glowworms love gloomy nights: this is the perfect activity when the weather isn’t great
  • Enjoy the chance to see other wildlife, including wallabies and possums
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Air-conditioned vehicle
Light refreshments

Departure Point

1167 Fenton Street, Rotorua 3010, New Zealand

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6/2/2020 - 8/15/2022
Monday - Sunday:07:00 PM - 08:00 PM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • A maximum of 9 people per booking
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 9 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Real Rotorua

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What is the maximum group size during Nocturnal adventure Glow-worm tour?
This activity will have a maximum of 9 travelers.

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  • "Jump on this tour if you want a close up, more organic experience with a unique tour operator." See review


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We loved it.
, Jan 2021
A very fun, informative and different adventure. Went with kids ages 11 and 7. Face to face with glow worms and got to within meters of a wallaby and more. Stephen very personable and fun and loves what he does. Easy pick up from hotel. Great torch collection (!) and interesting how to get close to animals using them.
icon Response from Host , Feb 2021
Thanks guys for joining me, great to have you all along. Yeah we saw plenty along the way and yes you can never have to many torches... That's what I keep telling Rosita. Cheers Stephen
Breathtaking view!
, Nov 2020
Excellent! Stephen offers an amazing service. You will have a unique experience with the tour. I'm glad to book his tour. Highly recommend.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2021
Thank you for joining me . I am all about showing my guests something unique and great to hear you enjoyed it. Thanks for recommending my tour. cheers Stephen
Walking thru the forest at night and the little surprise at the end of the tour
, Oct 2020
We had an amazing night. Not o lucky did we get to see the glow worms but we also got to learn all about the life I. The forest. He’s a bundle of knowledge. He also went out of his way to take some amazing photos in the bush of my husband and myself and also the other group with us . Highly recommend this tour it’s the best . So much value for your $$
icon Response from Host , Oct 2020
Thanks guys for joining me and for taking the time to share your experience. I see this morning i appeared on Tripadvisor at number #4 of 79 outdoor activities. Very happy with that as a small tour operator. cheers Stephen
Best tour in town
, Feb 2020
The night tour was absolutely awesome. Going into the forest at night with a small group and seeing glow worms and other animals - what more could you ask for. Stephen will also send you the most incredible photos. We strongly recommend this tour! :)
icon Response from Host , Feb 2020
Thanks for an awesome review. We certainly got to see it all. Thanks for choosing my tour and trying something different. Cheers Stephen
A++ tour: Amazing, small group tour, with a knowledgeable local guide!
, Feb 2020
Stephen was a phenomenal guide for the nocturnal glow worm tour. We learned all about the plants and animals in the region, saw glow worms up close, and even saw opossums and a wallaby in the forest! Stephen made the entire evening enjoyable with his knowledge of the forest and the area. He had the evening impeccably planned, including some great photo ops along the way. This was hands-down one of our best experiences on our New Zealand trip! We could only do the glow worm tour on this trip but will definitely try to do another of his tours next time we're in the area! :)
icon Response from Host , Feb 2020
Thanks for joining me Jessica and awesome to hear how much you enjoyed the experience. It would be awesome to have you back and join me on one of the other tours. cheers Stephen
Charismatic & Organic
, Feb 2020
Unreal tour! Stephen's a true character, good wit and personality and added a great vibe to the experience. This tour offers you a genuine, up close interaction with the glowworms all whilst being super respectful of the land and offers up some top info and history on the surrounding area and Rotorua itself. Pickup was easy from the Info Centre in Rotorua and the bus ride was a breeze just out of town. Jump on this tour if you want a close up, more organic experience with a unique tour operator. Stephen has an epic torch collection, too. Major props.
icon Response from Host , Feb 2020
You can never have to many torches as i keep telling Rosita. Thanks for sharing your experience and awesome to hear that you enjoyed every part of the tour. cheers Stephen
Excellent adventure to see glow worms in the forest
, Nov 2019
This is definitely one of the highlights of our trip to New Zealand. Stephen was our guide and he took us a short drive out of Rotorua to the native forest. We were equipped with lamps and head torches and led off into the trees. There we saw a wide variety of ferns and other plants. Stephen’s knowledge of the forest was vast and his enthusiasm infectious. The first sight we had of glow worms was by a waterfall. The second was nearby at a cliff face where there were hundreds of tiny lights looking like a clear starry night. This was something we will remember for ever. The finale was a real clear starry night and Stephen pointed out some of the constellations. This is a must do trip if you are in or near Rotorua.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2019
AWESOME to hear how much you enjoyed the whole experience travel is about adventure, exploring and creating memories I think we ticked all the boxs out there. cheers Stephen
Incredible adventure!
Charly B
, Nov 2018
If you are looking for a non-commercialized and local tour of glowworms, Steven is your guy. This tour included a private guide through the forest and Steven was incredibly knowledgable about glowworms, the trail, and the Maori tribe. A very nice man with an incredible tour that gives you a real in-depth look at glowworms in their natural habitat. There is no other local, private-guided tour in Rotorua that brings you up close and personal to the fascinating glowworms. Thank you to Steven and Rosita for such an incredible adventure!

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