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Nocturnal Adventure Glowworm Tour

Rotorua, New ZealandPart of the Airbnb Animals collection

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Animal experience hosted by Stephen And Rosa

2.5 hours
Includes transportation, equipment
Up to 4 people
Hosted in English

What you'll do

You will be picked up by a comfortable modern vehicle. We will travel in a small group for 25 minutes to the location . Once kitted up with headlights and red night torches we will begin a 2 km walk through the darkness of a native New Zealand forest. Along the way we will encounter towering trees and cascading waterfalls, giant silver ferns lighting up like fire works . The highlight would have to be the glowworms as breath taking as our clearest night sky. You will be able to get up close and fully understand this amazing creature. No two nights are ever the same. Wallabies and possums patrol the area, Weta and other insects can be encountered.
Other things to note
we operate in most weather conditions except high winds and severe rain
You will be picked up by a comfortable modern vehicle. We will travel in a small group for 25 minutes to the location . Once kitted up with headlights and red night torches we will begin a 2 km walk through the darkness of a native New Zealand forest. Along the way we will encounter towering trees and cascading waterfalls, giant silver ferns lighting up like fire works . The highlight would have to be the glowworms as breath taking as our cleares…

Stephen And Rosa's commitment to safety

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What's included

  • Transportation
    modern, comfortable, minibus
  • Equipment
    a variety of torches will be provided
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/ person
Fri, Jan 22
7:30 PM - 10:00 PM
$48 per person
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Sat, Jan 23
7:30 PM - 10:00 PM
$48 per person
$48 per person
Sun, Jan 24
7:30 PM - 10:00 PM
$48 per person
$48 per person

Meet your host, Stephen And Rosa

Host on Airbnb since 2014
  • 115 Reviews
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Hi I'm Stephen and I have a small tour business called Real Rotorua. I grew up on a farm and spent my childhood exploring the native forest which I was surrounded by, today I still have that passion for the outdoors and share that knowledge with my two boys. I have had a range of Jobs from a mechanic to driving 40 tonne trucks but guiding is my passion . I have been guiding for more than 3 years and hold Department of Conservation guiding permits. Meeting people and sharing is what makes me tick.
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Where you'll be

We will travel 25 minutes to a native New Zealand forest covering several thousand acres, where you will be guided through the forest.

Rated 4.97 out of 5 from 115 reviews.

Sohyun
December 2020
Worth to go walk in the forest with Stephen, he was knowledgeable in this field, and area. Enjoyed the little waterfalls in between, glow worms like galaxy, baby wetas, a cute wallaby, massive spider webs as they almost looked like some artwork and different kinds of ferns in the dark. Amazingly fresh air in the forest was a bonus!
Worth to go walk in the forest with Stephen, he was knowledgeable in this field, and area. Enjoyed the little waterfalls in between, glow worms like galaxy, baby wetas, a cute wall…
Mahesh
December 2020
A magical journey through native forest and streams following Stephen guided with our red and white torches to encounter the magical glowworms. Brilliant guided tour with so much expertise and passion for New Zealand fauna, geology, wildlife and glow worms of course! Stephen goes above and beyond with his informative yet humorous tour and has all his bases covered with gumboots, rain jackets, hot chocolate and even some incredible night photography. On the day of our tour it was heavily raining but Stephen promised us that we wouldn't be disappointed and we are so glad that we didn't cancel as with Stephen's local knowledge and expertise - the rain had cleared before we were halfway to our destination as promised!
A magical journey through native forest and streams following Stephen guided with our red and white torches to encounter the magical glowworms. Brilliant guided tour with so much e…
Kate
December 2020
Amazing tour, Stephen was amazing from the get go, lots of stories about the area and its history... the highlight of the trip was seeing the glow worms.. something that I will never forget. Highly recommend to go on this tour if you are in the area
Amazing tour, Stephen was amazing from the get go, lots of stories about the area and its history... the highlight of the trip was seeing the glow worms.. something that I will nev…
Ramesh
November 2020
Expected to see some nocturnal creatures. But we were mostly shown only different types of ferns; it was more a botanical night tour. However I understand that sighting animals is not in our control. It was a total of 2 and half hours return. Bit pricey for the experience. Glow worms were good though.
Expected to see some nocturnal creatures. But we were mostly shown only different types of ferns; it was more a botanical night tour. However I understand that sighting animals is…
Ying
November 2020
Stephen has so much knowledge about New Zealand, Rotorua, the Forest and the glow worm. Walking a forest at night is a amazing and unique experience. Glow worms are inscribe. I have never seen glow worm before. If you wanna try sometime new and outside. Stephen definitely is your choice which can’t be missed.
Stephen has so much knowledge about New Zealand, Rotorua, the Forest and the glow worm. Walking a forest at night is a amazing and unique experience. Glow worms are inscribe. I h…
Saneel
October 2020
Absolutely AMAZING, MAGICAL, and UNIQUE night hike that cannot be missed!! A MUST-DO experience for local and global travelers in Rotorua. Stephen is a friendly, highly prepared and very experienced hike guide, and he keeps the group small, so you can get a more intimate tour experience! He was able was able to pick us up and drop us off locally in a very comfortable limo van. We saw wallabies, a native NZ owl, weta insects, gorgeous ferns and trees, a possum, a hedgehog, and of course the gloworms!!! We got to see them up close, and from afar several times as they dotted the darkness. We absorbed quite a bit of educational information as well! He also helped us take some long exposure pictures that make the experience so much more memorable. We even got to enjoy some warm treats at the end of the tour. It was so much better than we expected - just a phenomenal experience!!! 11/10!
Absolutely AMAZING, MAGICAL, and UNIQUE night hike that cannot be missed!! A MUST-DO experience for local and global travelers in Rotorua. Stephen is a friendly, highly prepared an…

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  • Fri, Jan 22
    7:30 PM - 10:00 PM
    $48 per person
  • Sat, Jan 23
    7:30 PM - 10:00 PM
    $48 per person
  • Sun, Jan 24
    7:30 PM - 10:00 PM
    $48 per person
  • Mon, Jan 25
    7:30 PM - 10:00 PM
    $48 per person
  • Tue, Jan 26
    7:30 PM - 10:00 PM
    $48 per person
  • Wed, Jan 27
    7:30 PM - 10:00 PM
    $48 per person
  • Thu, Jan 28
    7:30 PM - 10:00 PM
    $48 per person
  • Fri, Jan 29
    7:30 PM - 10:00 PM
    $48 per person

Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 4 guests ages 6 and up can attend.

What to bring

comfortable walking shoes/boots

dress to weather conditions