Northland's Ultimate Glow worm Experience. Just before you reach Kawakawa, detour to Kawiti Caves. Discover stalactites, glow worms and Maori history.

Northland & Bay of Islands
Kawiti Caves entrance, Northland & Bay of Islands

The Kawiti Caves are a few kilometres south of Kawakawa; they’re also known as the Waiomio Caves. This cave system attracts many visitors with its bizarre karst features, stalactite formations and spectacular glow worm displays. The caves are owned and operated by the Kawiti family, who have guided thousands of travellers over the past 50 years, including American billionaire Bill Gates who visited in 2007. 

Your 30 minute guided tour will follow a wooden boardwalk through a 200 metre limestone cave system. .As you enjoy the galaxies of glow worms above, your friendly guide will explain the life cycle of the New Zealand Glow worm (Arachnocampa Luminosa) and the intricate webs used to catch their prey (mosquitoes and midges).

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.

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