Spellbound Private Tour

Customisable experience

$750 NZD in total for your group until 30 Sept 24, From 1 Oct 24 our new price will be $950 NZD

A private tour ensures that you enjoy an exclusive tour all to yourselves! Bring your own group, and enjoy our classic Spellbound Glowworm and Cave tour. It can be customized for a special occasion and it's ideal for keen photographers who would like to take their time getting the perfect glowworm shot. Please contact us directly to arrange your own Private Tour.
Max 12 people

Duration: 145 Minutes (approx.)
Location: Oparure, King Country

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Spellbound Private Tour

All Tours Depart From Here

334 Boddies Rd, Oparure Te Kuiti 3981
0800 773 552
Open daily - Booking is essential
[email protected]

Departure Information

We depart from 334 Boddies Rd Te Kuiti. Make sure you look up this address on Google Maps so you know where to find us and how long it should take to get there.

Our tours depart at the advertised time. Check in is 15 minutes prior to departure. Please be on time! Allowances can sometimes be made, so it's worth calling as soon as possible to discuss.

Bring Along

A warm top or jacket, walking shoes (trainers) and your camera. We do like to know about any fitness issues or injuries which may affect you during your tour, then we can give you a good indication if our tour will be suitable for you.

Camera Friendly

Suitable for all ages

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Spellbound Private Tour

The Tour


  • A 2km scenic drive across a farm.
  • A short spectacular walk to the Spellbound Glowworm Cave.
  • Up to an hour in our glowworm cave including a 20min glowworm boat ride and some photography.
  • A quick break for refreshments, then another scenic walk to the Cave of the Spirit.
  • The Cave of the Spirit which has cave decorations and fossils, a van ride back to our office.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I arrange a Private Spellbound Tour?

Please contact us directly. Booking in advance is definitely recommended. We will need to schedule your tour into an available time slot, this can mean fitting it around other current bookings.  

How many people can I book on my Private Tour?

There are 1 to 12 places available on each private tour and you can book as many or as few people as you wish. The price will not vary. 

What happens on a private tour?

We follow the same format as a Glowworm and Cave Explorer tour and it will last approximately 2.5 hours. We can however tailor the tour somewhat. Photography is a popular reason for booking this tour. We do not allow anyone else onto your booking, it is just for you.

Will the tour go ahead if it is raining?

Yes, usually. It takes a lot of rain to make our river flood, however, if it does flood, we will cancel for safety reasons. We make every attempt to let you know as soon as possible. If you feel concerned about possible flooding, please do ring us for more information. If we must cancel your tour, we will either refund you in full or rebook your tour, depending on availability. 

Can I arrive late for my tour?

No, you must arrive on time. Arrival time is 20 minutes before departure. Our minibus departs promptly at the advertised time, and you will need to be in it, there’s a further 2.5km drive down to the caves. Please read our address carefully and arrive at this address.  We are not in the Waitomo Village or near the Waitomo Glowworm Cave, we are 15kms from there.

Do I get a new booking if I miss my tour?

We don’t automatically put you on the next tour. Spaces are often very limited and usually it’s not possible. We reserve the right to sell our next available places at the usual price.

Can you take more than 12 in a tour?

We can only take 12 per tour, however if your group is larger than 12 people, we may be able to schedule an extra tour for the same departure time. Please inquire with us.

How fit should I be?

We will need you to be able to walk gently, unaided for up 45 minutes on this tour. We do not allow wheelchairs or walking frames on this tour. We do have several short (30m) steep sections and a few stairs on our gravel paths.  Don’t ever be too shy to talk to your guide if you have any questions about fitness or safety.

Do you allow small children?

We do allow babies and small children to come. You can bring a backpack but not a pram. Unlike our other tours we won’t ask anyone to leave the cave if baby cries when the lights go out, it’s completely up to you and baby whether you carry on.

Can I bring my tripod?

Yes, on private tours for photography, but we recommend it for a smaller group size.  We have set up fixed stations for cameras and mobile phones where you can successfully achieve longer exposures also.


A great grass-roots tour company sharing a kiwi experience everyone should have at least once in their lifetime.

A friendly & knowledgeable range of guides that add another layer to the visual spectacle & I was fortunate to share my time with a knowledgeable & accommodating chap, Mangu.

I have been on other tours not a million miles away where you pay your money & take you the tour, but on this occasion you pay your money & are served an experience, & it is for this reason I highly recommend you support local & bring family & friends to discover for your self.

The ability to bring a camera & take photos is a huge bonus & adds another layer to the unique Spellbound experience. Top marks to Mangu & the team.

Paul Stieller
Google Review

Such a fantastic personalised experience we did have today! Lots of interesting information was provided by our handsome, friendly and knowledgeable guide Hohepa. And a boat ride was about ten times longer than in the commercial Waitomo caves. OMG, it was truly amazingly breathtaking journey through myriad galaxies above your head! Photos and videos are allowed and our lovely guide took lots of photos for us. But still nothing is comparable with a human eyes and better to see this nature miracle in person. Highly recommend Spellbound for everyone and i’ll definitely come back with my friends after borders are opened

Olga Ustinova
Google Review

Friendly and knowledgable local driver/guide showed our group through two excellent caves, one via inflatable to see masses of glowworms and the other to see the underground formations, impressive. The trip took around 3 hours, a nice coffee and biscuit was offered midway. Excellent value for money.

Bruce Stewart
Google Review

Great experience! It was awesome to do the glow worm cave by boat and then the other cave on foot. Definitely recommend.

Google Review

What an amazing tour. So much better than the big commercial ones. You raft for over 20 minutes, with your helmet torches off, with the glowworms above looking like the Milky Way. Stunning. Norm was a great host too.

Scott Rees
Google Review

Amazing and intimate tour as there is only a maximum of 12 people. our tour guide was so knowledgeable and friendly, telling us all about the area and the history of the caves. We visited a two caves that are not visited by the normal tourist masses. And the glow worm tunnel was something to behold!! If you are in Waitomo you should definitely book this tour

Freya Howle
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