Kawiti glow worm and Limestone Cave Tours were first established in the 1950’s by Te Tawai Kawiti, Great grandson of the famous Maori Chief, Kawiti.
Te Tawai offered a unique insight into early Maori history and culture, while visitors enjoyed the stunning glow worm displays and rock formations.
Seeing the way people’s faces would light up every time he guided a tour, Te Tawai knew that one day, visitors would travel from all over the world to experience the natural beauty of our caves.
Since then, Te Tawai’s descendants have followed in his footsteps; acting as living links to the past and making history come alive with their entertaining commentary and rich local knowledge.
The Kawiti family have guided thousands of travelers through their caves, including American billionaire Bill Gates who visited with his family in 2007.