Tours and Tickets

Bay of Islands Shore Excursion: Glowworm Caves Express provided by Shore Trips & Tours

Bay of Islands Shore Excursion: Glowworm Caves Express

Support this operator
Times are tough for the travel community right now. To show your support, consider leaving a thoughtful review or posting photos of your favourite tours and experiences. Your support will go a long way in helping tour operators worldwide get back on their feet down the road.
Select Date and Travellers
2 adults
Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
Low Price Guarantee
No Booking Fees
Take this great value for money, and family friendly, express afternoon tour to the Kawiti Glowworm Caves. Explore the family owned cavern with your local Maori guide, and see thousands of amazing glowworms on the cave roof. This is a great chance to see these famous New Zealand icons on this short but interesting tour. About us: Our team has been delivering world-class Shore Excursions for over 16 years - we have over 100 years combined tour guiding experience so you know you are in capable hands. Travel in a modern, air conditioned vehicle with a passionate local as your host. We specialise in small groups to allow an intimate and personalised experience. Every tour is commentated from start to finish - we delight in showing off our little corner of the world. And, we guarantee to have you back to the ship on time!
You'll start at
69 Marsden Road
69 Marsden Road, Paihia 0200, New ZealandYour tour starts oustide the Paihia Information Centre (iSite) in the centre of town. Look out for the Shore Trips and Tours driver with the Shore Trips and Tours van. Most ships offer a free shuttle from the tender wharf at Waitangi to the iSite but please allow enough time.
See address & details
  • 1
    Paihia Harbour
    Stop: 30 minutes -
    See details
  • 2
    Kawiti Caves
    Stop: 60 minutes - Admission included
    See details
You'll end at
Copthorne Hotel and Resort Bay of Islands
1 Tau Henare Drive, Waitangi 0293, New ZealandYour tour finishes at Waitangi Wharf - this is where the ships tender craft operate to and from.
See address & details
Important Information
Departure Point
69 Marsden Road, Paihia 0200, New Zealand
Return Details
Copthorne Hotel and Resort Bay of Islands, 1 Tau Henare Drive, Waitangi 0293, New Zealand
  • Entry to Kawiti Glowworm Caves
  • Professional and knowledgeable driver/guide
  • Drop off at tender wharf
  • Entry/Admission - Kawiti Caves
  • Any food or drink
Show More
Additional Info
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travellers can participate
  • Unfortunately the caves have no disability friendly options
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 22 travellers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Traveller rating
  • 2
  • 1
  • 0
  • 0
  • 0
Traveller type
Time of year
Popular mentions
Ed R wrote a review Feb 2020
Auckland, New Zealand5 contributions10 helpful votes
W'ed planned on visiting a similar site further down in the middle of the North Island but the distance was prohibitive. As it was, our cruise ship was planning on being in the Bay of Islands nearer to this Glow worm cave. The access road was a tad dusty but the happy guide
Read more
Date of experience: February 2020
Response from IanH4043, Owner at Bay of Islands Shore Excursion: Glowworm Caves Express
Responded 6 Feb 2020
Thanks for the review, our Bat of Island Glow worm tour BOI-2 is a much shorter drive to the caves, just 25 minutes as opposed to the long [but very interesting and scenic route] from Tauranga to Waitomo, which is about 2 hours. Sorry about the short dusty entrance onto the farm, this part of NZ has not had rain for almost 3 months! Thanks again, Ian
Read more
DebraG500 wrote a review Jan 2020
Indianapolis, Indiana61 contributions9 helpful votes
I was distressed when this tour was sold out on the cruise ship. So glad we found this tour! We were picked up in a small bus at the Paihai information center, right where the cruise shuttle bus dropped us off. Greatly enjoyed the sense of humor of our driver, Jill! The tour
Read more
Date of experience: January 2020
Response from IanH4043, Owner at Bay of Islands Shore Excursion: Glowworm Caves Express
Responded 18 Jan 2020
Thanks Debra, the glow worms caves at Kawiti are a real local legend. The ships tours often sell out as there are only really a few options to visit during the ships time in port. We have booked as many tours slots as they will allow for our main Caves and Highlights tours but this year added in the Caves Express in the afternoon after our other morning tour ends, this lets a few more clients see the caves at a very affordable price. We always get back in plenty of time for the tenders, though clients are often nervous about this, but there is no need to worry. Jill will be pleased to see you kind review. Regards Ian
Read more
Lynne D wrote a review Nov 2019
Watford, United Kingdom237 contributions39 helpful votes
Great experience - unfortunately we didn't have a lot of time as last shuttle to ship was brought forward to 3pm but our superb driver who we met in Pahia nr the Info centre and shuttle bus stop at 12.45 pm managed to get us there, arranged with great funny female cave guides to
Read more
Date of experience: November 2019
Response from IanH4043, Owner at Bay of Islands Shore Excursion: Glowworm Caves Express
Responded 23 Nov 2019
Hi Lynne, i think you traveled with us on the 11th NOV. Yes the ship did leave earlier than usual at 4pm so we did not have as much time as we would have liked, but we always adjust the tour times to suit, hence your tour that day started an hour earlier and we had booked out slot at the caves to suit. Its a great authentic Maori family [iwi] run operation and the guides are awesome. So pleased we were able to show you this little piece of paradise. Regards Ian
Read more
Read 3 more reviews on Viator
About the operator

Don’t take it from us – here’s what people have to say about this operator.

By: Shore Trips & Tours
Tour of Dunedin, New Zealand
This was the best day ever. We saw so much in one day that I couldn't believe it. The day was not rushed, but jus
Read more
Amazing Day in Tauranga / Rotorua!
Our Cruise Ship docked at the Port of Tauranga, where Alistair met us first thing in the morning. Unfortunately,
Read more
Exciting Day
Our Bay of Islands tour with Glowworm Cave as an exceptional day. Our tour guide, Jill, was very friendly and very
Read more
Not enough time in Christchurch
The description makes the tour seem like you will be spending a lot of time in Christchurch. Not true, at least fo
Read more
Great Highlights if You Have Limited Time
On a cruise to NZ so we had just a day to spend in Wellington. While I've seen a couple of the Lord of the Rings mo
Read more
Ship pick up
Superb guide/driver. Wellington is a fantastic city. Beautiful scenery, great museum. This is a terrific tour, high
Read more
An Unexpected Journey
The tale of how an idyllic sheep farm became the setting for Jackson's Hobbiton is an adventure in itself. The set
Read more
Kathleen B
Loved Wellington and especially Ewen our tour guide and driver
We highly recommend this tour. Ewen was accommodating to special needs and was patient with all our questions. W
Read more
the whole day was perfect especially our tour guide named peter kirkwood he knew everything.
I would recommend hobbiton to anyone who appreciates what goes in to making a movie with such detail as what was sh
Read more
Hobbit on movie set
Did the Hobbiton movie set tour. Absolutely fantastic day. Shore Excursion tours provided a excellent service. Our
Read more
Great tour
John our tour guide was fabulous, very knowledgeable and kept the pace going so we didn’t miss anything plus we got
Read more
Nice relaxing tour
This was an interesting nice and relaxing tour. The weather was perfect. We learned good information about the Mi
Read more
We arrived by way of Holland America's Noordam. We were picked up by a small bus (14 of us). It took a while to get
Read more
Amazing tour and perfect guide
Perfect tour. We had an excellent driver and guide (Russell). He was very friendly and attentive and gave us a lot
Read more
Tosh R
Great taste of Tauranga - Rotorua region
Our kiwi guide Garry was very knowledgeable and personable proudly showing us the beautiful Mount Maunganui beaches
Read more
Key Details
  • Duration: 2h
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
  • Languages Offered: English
Why Book on Tripadvisor?
  • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
  • Low Price Guarantee
  • No Booking Fees
  • Secure Payments
  • 24/7 SupportCall:+44 12 2492 8241