Highlights and Glow Worm Caves

Highlights and Glow Worm Caves
Price: $99.00
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Shore Excursion Size ? Small
Shore Excursion Type Cultural, Scenic
Shore Excursion Duration 5 Hours
Activity Level ? Easy
Shore Excursion Leaves From ? Cruise Ship Tender Pier
Food/Beverage Provided A chocolate tasting is included.
Recommended Dress We recommend wearing comfortable seasonal clothing and closed-toe walking shoes. Sunscreen, a hat, and sunglasses are suggested.
Restrictions Guests must be able to step in and out of the vehicle. Infants ages 3 and younger may attend the tour; however, due to passenger loading laws in New Zealand, all passengers (including infants) must purchase a seat for travel. Infants are not permitted to ride on a parent's lap. Parents must bring their own car seats, and will be charged an additional fee for the infant. This tour is NOT wheelchair accessible. Storage space is not available for push chairs or strollers.

Highlights and Glow Worm Caves

Begin your exciting day directly at the Waitangi Wharf after you have tendered ashore from your cruise ship and you meet your guide.

Your first destination is the Haruru Falls, which translates to "big noise." Back in the 1800's, more than 100 Maori villages lined the banks of the Haruru River, and Maori legend says that a taniwha (water monster) lives in the lagoon below the falls.

Next, you'll head to Kerikeri, a town with a rich and colorful history, and location of the the Stone Store and New Zealand's oldest building, the adjacent Kemp House. Kerikeri is also known for its successful horticulture and niche food products, so a visit to the Makana Chocolates factory to try their handmade chocolates cannot be missed. Ice cream or coffee from their adjacent cafe is also available for purchase.

After free time for lunch on your own, you'll travel south to the town of Kawakawa, through which the railway runs in the middle of the road. It is also location to the now world famous "Hundertwasser Toilets," one of the few public toilets seen as an international work of art. They were designed by the expatriate Austrian artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser, who lived in Kawakawa from 1975 until his death in 2000.

Your last destination will be the Kawiti Glow Worm Caves, where a local Maori guide will lead you through underground caverns to see the glow worms, and tell you how the caves came to be found. Located right in the heart of the Waiomio Valley, the Kawiti Glow Worm Caves are home to thousands of luminous glow worms, breath-taking rock formations, and lush green rainforest. Explore the world-famous Milky Way, a cavern filled with glow worms as far as the eye can see. Journey underground through networks of stalactites and stalagmites to hidden chambers like the Waiomio night sky, where the glow worms are so close you can almost touch them. After the glow worm caves tour, head north around a forested coastline to Paihia and the ship.

From Paihia, it's just a short drive back to Waitangi to board the tenders to your cruise ship.

Please Note: You may also choose to end your tour at the Waitangi Treaty House (admission not included), or in Paihia to sightsee and shop. Guests ending their tour at the Waitangi Treaty House or in Paihia are responsible for their own transportation back to the pier. The Waitangi Treaty Grounds are an approximately 5-minute walk back to the cruise ship, and a return shuttle from Paihia to the ship may be available. The itinerary of the tour may change on any given day depending on travel conditions.

5 Stars4.9 / 5  |  10 ReviewsReview This Tour
Wonderful Excursion
February 25, 2020
Our entire group was ready 45 minutes early so, for the first time in our excursion history, we headed off early. This gave us the chance for a leisurely drive and our guide/driver offered a couple of extra stops that we might not have had without the extra time. The vehicle was comfortable and the group size was perfect. The stops chosen for this tour were fabulous.
Reviewer: Roy Suthons
5 Stars
Highlights and Glow Worm Caves
February 19, 2020
Excellent tour! We arrived early and the vans and guides were already there. Our tour guide, Bob, is very professional and friendly. Took us to all the destinations plus more since we had more time. Told us about interesting tales of himself besides the usual info of the places we visited. Highly recommended!
Reviewer: Dian T
5 Stars
Pretty cool
November 08, 2019
The tour was great. We enjoyed the information and the glow worms were really cool. The tour guide ( a large Maori guide was great)
Reviewer: Lloyd Kobayashi
5 Stars
shore trips and tours
April 14, 2019
the directions were excellent to meet tour guide. the tour guide (Jill) was amazing , so friendly, knowledgeable , this was our highlight tour . highly recommend this tour
Reviewer: Walter Kodakovic
5 Stars
Shore excursion
March 15, 2019
Good tour. Guide very friendly and knowledgeable about area and history, Went out of her way to show extra sights when possible. Caves were very interesting. Could have more time here to complete the walk available
Reviewer: Elaine
4 Stars
"Glowing" review
January 03, 2019
Fascinating tour of glow worm caves conducted by family owned operation. Very informative!
Reviewer: Robin Stearns
5 Stars