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Book an event at Kawiti Glowworm Caves

The team at Kawiti Caves offer a range of events to suit your particular needs. Whether you are a school group, a corporate team or a private excursion looking for a unique experience, we can tailor your visit to your specific requirements

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Our Events

We can accommodate bespoke tours as part of your school, private function or business.  These tours are available for particular groups wishing to experience the wonders of the Glowworm Caves in the privacy and company of your specific team members.


Exploring the caves and local surrounds can be included in nature studies curriculum and where the learning experience is interactive and full of fun facts.

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Private function

Kawiti Glowworm Caves functions are an immersive and in-depth way to more deeply discover the magic of our place and it’s significant history, including the immense rock formations and stunning caves features.

Glowworm's in Kawiti Caves looking just like the night sky


The team at Kawiti Caves offer a range of events to suit your particular needs we can can cater for corporate groups who are looking to include a Northland activity during their conference stay.

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Here are some frequently asked questions we get here at Kawiti Glowworm Caves.

How many people are allowed on a caves tour?

There is a maximum of 40 people permitted on a tour at any one time for health and safety reasons.  This allows our staff to ensure you are looked after throughout the duration of your caves visit.

Do I need to book a tour?

It is advisable to pre-book a few days in advance for large groups to avoid disappointment.

If you are a small group, family, couple or single traveller, you can usually come on the day without having to book ahead.

The summer months tend to be busy, so it pays to make a quick call to the caves office to check availability before arriving.

How long is the tour?

Usually each tour takes approximately 45 minutes depending on the size and curiosity of the tour.  

The bespoke tours tend to be slightly longer and more detailed.  

Please enquire on our website, or call the caves office for more information.

Can I take photos on the tour?

Feel free to take images and post selfies of your unique Kawiti Glowworm Caves experience - our guides will only be too happy to help you create those long lasting memories.

However, due to the adverse effect of camera flash in the glowworm environment, cameras and videos are not permitted while inside the caves.  

Drone footage is not allowed anywhere on the caves property unless pre-approved by the Kawiti Glowworm Caves management.  

Your guide will advise you on photographic management prior to entering the caves.

Do I need to wear any special clothing in the caves?

You do not need to wear anything special for your caves tour.  It is a few degrees cooler inside the caves than out, so you may want to have a light jacket handy.  It is recommended to wear flat, enclosed shoes - trainers are perfect, heels are not suitable.

What else is there to see at Kawiti Caves?

There is a walking path (for the sprightly) starting from near the office to the cone at the top of the hill.  This walk is at your own leisure and takes in native flora and fauna as well as stunning rock formations and outcrops.  You are kindly asked to stay on the path and to refrain from deviating beyond this vicinity due to the tapu (sacred) areas beyond.

The caves property is also a working farm with cattle, who are just as curious as you are.  Please do not cross over the fence boundaries to get a closer look!  While the cattle are cute, they are not pets.

Our resident cat will try to win you over with her charming personality - please do not be tempted to feed her, she is wild and mostly hunts for her own food.

What happens if I feel ill on the tour?

Our staff are fully aware of health and safety procedures and are trained in first aid practices.  In the event of you feeling unwell and/or requiring medical attention, assistance and action will be taken accordingly.

What are the rules at Kawiti Glowworm Caves?
  1. Follow the guidance and instructions of the guides while on the Kawiti Glowworm Caves property at all times - they are here to help you.
  2. No drugs, alcohol, smoking or vaping on the property.
  3. Bad language and abusive behaviour towards staff and other visitors will not be tolerated.
  4. Make sure you enjoy yourself