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Kia Ora Pete,

What a pleasure it was to meet you and to experience the Glowworm and Cave Eco-tour. We found the tour to be exciting, educational, peaceful and one of the highlights of our trip. We felt very fortunate to have seen a moa skeleton in it’s natural state, hand fed eels, and participate in the new “glowworm shuffle” with the lights out. We will be promoting the tour as part of our New Zealand product.Thank you for all the brochures and the wonderful experience.

Chris Lasley
Travel Specialist, Exotic Escapes, U.S.A.

We recently had the pleasure on going on a Spellbound tour to the glowworm cave by boat and the adjacent cave on foot. This was our 9th trip to NZ and these days we try and avoid the typical “tourist” icons and do something different. The spellbound tour was fantastic and Norm our guide was both entertaining, informative and handled the 3 young kids on our trip (including 1 of ours!) really well. I also hasten to add that I thought the $100 odd cost was great value particularly when compared to some of the other attractions further south. Congratulations on a great venture.

Steve Johnston
Qld, Australia


Hi Pete,

The tour was an experience not to be missed. Our kids are still talking about it! Well done! We are still telling anyone who will listen that your trip is one of NZ’s “must see” treasures! Thanks for the photo, amazing landscape really!

Kind regards
Bernard and Sharon Lilburn
Palmerston North

Dear Spellbound,

Thank you so much for the brilliant glow worm tour, it was not only educational, but truly fascinating, those little creatures are amazing!! I felt the tour was so professional and such good value for money that I will be spreading the word around!! I couldn’t believe how close we got to them and how many there were!! Our guide was so accommodating and knowledgeable that I had a really lovely experience.

Thank you so so much
Jess Boncey

Dear Pete,

I hope that you are well. Now that I am back in the UK, I thought I would drop you a line to thank you for all your help during our recent filming. Just for the record, I thought Mangawhitikau (Spellbound) was an excellent location for filming the glowworms. You’ve got a couple of great colonies in the cave – in particular the one by the entrance and the one along the river passage. I thought we got some very nice tracking shots with the Japanese’s image intensifier that night we employed your boat pushing skills. I’m hoping one of these shots will make a great opening to the sequence. The other aspect which greatly contributed to our filming was the ease with which we could get near the larvae, while still being on terra firma. As promised, I will send you a copy of the programme when it’s completed – though bear in mind this won’t be until spring next year.

Thanks again for your help. Best wishes

Huw Cordy
Planet Earth
BBC Natural History Unit