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Nocturnal adventure Glow-worm tour

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    Stop At: Real Rotorua, Rotorua 3007 New Zealand

    Our Nocturnal Glow-worm tour takes 2.5 to 3 hours.

    We will depart from Rotorua at different times depending on season.

    We will drive towards our destination in a comfortable minivan, small group no more than 11 people.

    Once there after a short walk through the darkness of native bush you will be guided by the sound of running water. Soon towering banks will rise up around you. Then in this moment turn off your flashlight and you will not be disappointed. Literally thousands of glow worms lite up like night sky, forming their own constellations all around you. Closer inspection of the bank will reveal tiny threads like minute stalactites lining every crevice. These sticky threads are used like fishing lines to pull up each catch, one at a time.

     At any time of the year it is unlikely that the glow worms will be the only wildlife that you encounter. Wallabies and Possums patrol the area and their rustling, along with the eerie call of the morepork, will provide the sound effects for you night walk.

    Out of the forest the 'star' gazing is at is best on a clear dark night sky.

    Finishing our adventure on the shores of a nearby crystal clear lake.

    Come along, soak up the atmosphere and learn about New Zealand's incredible night life.


    Duration: 3 hours
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    All reviews silver fern waitomo caves cliff face night trekking perfect tour flora and fauna wealth of knowledge night walk new zealand forest walk entire tour took pictures explained everything an amazing experience would highly recommend this tour highlight of our trip wallabies
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    Reviewed 2 weeks ago

    A must for a true, authentic NZ experience. We spend an evening with Stephen on his nocturnal tour and this was the highlight of our trip. We learned a great deal about the region, culture and impressively, the forest and all that is has to...More

    Date of experience: June 2019
    Thank BIGtraveller66
    Reviewed 17 June 2019

    This experience was extremely fun and Steve was very professional! He explained everything within the bush very well and I enjoyed myself.

    Date of experience: June 2019
    Thank Kimberly S
    rotoguide, Owner at Real Rotorua, responded to this reviewResponded 18 June 2019

    Thanks for taking the time to leave a review and nice to hear you had fun and enjoyed yourself as that is what it is all about, all the best cheers Stephen

    Reviewed 14 June 2019 via mobile

    This was such an amazing experience! Stephen knew so much information about the glow worms & all the plants in the forest! He took us to some amazing spots! The best part was the spot he took us at the end, where we got to...More

    Date of experience: June 2019
    Thank taylor_schanne
    rotoguide, Owner at Real Rotorua, responded to this reviewResponded 18 June 2019

    Awesome to hear you loved the experience, that makes me enjoy what i am doing. Showing guests these beautiful places and getting up close to nature is what its all about. thanks for choosing my tour over all the big tour operators. cheers Stephen

    Reviewed 11 June 2019

    I have never met a more passionate tour guide!!! Stephen did an excellent job guiding my group through the Bush. Not only did we experience the natural glow worm habitat but we received Stephens knowledge on the surrounding vegetation as well. My favorite was the...More

    Date of experience: June 2019
    Thank Devani F
    rotoguide, Manager at Real Rotorua, responded to this reviewResponded 14 June 2019

    Thanks for the awesome review I appreciate you taking the time . The silver fern at night is truly amazing as you discovered . Thanks again for joining me. Cheers Stephen

    Reviewed 9 June 2019

    This was such an eye-opening experience. Stephen, our tour guide was so knowledgeable about the bush and the surrounding area. He really wanted to make sure we had the best time possible. The glow worms were AMAZING. Truly a sight to see. If you have...More

    Date of experience: June 2019
    Thank nikki h
    rotoguide, Owner at Real Rotorua, responded to this reviewResponded 14 June 2019

    Great to hear you enjoyed the experience and thanks for choosing my tour . Being in the forest at night is an adventure on its own but the glow worms is the icing on the cake. Nice to hear you appreciated it. Cheers Stephen

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    16 May 2019|
    Response from WeDreamOfTravel | Reviewed this property |
    Sorry you have trouble. I don’t know about a senior price. One of us was a senior when we took the tour, but that person paid the same price as everyone else. Have you tried to email the tour operator yet? We did... More
    15 March 2019|
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    Response from rotoguide | Property representative |
    Hi John sure I do the tour regardless of numbers and I will be available those dates. Cheers Stephen
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