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Our glowworm and forest-after-dark tour is a special experience which will delight night time visitors. Experiencing the Sanctuary in the dark is a completely different experience compared to visiting during the day, your senses will be heightened. Smell the forest, hear the noisey Brook Stream gurgling in the background and perhaps hear the odd hoot of a ruru (morepork) and marvel at the stars in the night sky away from the city lights. You’ll see the glowing bioluminescence points of light generated by the Sanctuary glowworms living in the sheltered banks of the Sanctuary pathways.
“It was absolutely breathtaking up there last night!!!”
Your glowworm and forest-after-dark tour starts outside the Visitor Centre at 7pm (please arrive 10 mins early); our knowledgeable and friendly guides will meet you. After introductions, and an overview of the Brook Waimārama Sanctuary you’ll soon be on your way.
During the next 90 minutes you’ll get to see and experience the Sanctuary in a way that is completely unlike our day time tours.
Tours are for groups of up to usually 12 guests, each group is accompanied by two guides. Each child under 10 years of age must be accompanied by an adult (1:1 ratio) – note, ‘family’ group bookings are permitted with two adults and three children.
Because of the darkness, this tour is not recommended for children in prams or for those in wheelchairs as safely navigating the pathways in the dark may be challenging.
These tours are reliant on the availability of volunteer guides, and are weather dependent. The safety of our visitors, volunteers and staff is of paramount importance.
WE WILL PROVIDE:
- Two guides for every group
- Special ‘red light’ torches
WHAT TO BRING:
- Warm clothes – we recommend you wear light coloured clothing to aid seeing each other in the dark
- Sturdy footwear (no jandals or crocs)
- A sense of adventure
WHAT NOT TO BRING:
- Cameras: flash photography is not permitted – (note: mobile phones are allowed, but flash function must be turned off)
- Bags or backpacks
- Torches (we’ll provide ‘red light’ torches)
The charges below are inclusive of the standard admission fees (not applicable to Sanctuary supporters).
PRIVATE GROUP TOURS ARE AVAILABLE ON REQUEST
If you have a private group of min. 10 and max. 15 please contact us to see if we can accommodate a private tour for you. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Once you’ve done your tour – please leave us a review on TripAdvisor.
Click here for a glowworm information sheet.