Bookings are required for ALL PUBLIC TOURS   see below

For groups of 10 or more, private tours can be arranged.  Contact the Treehouse for special bookings, which can be run on selected dates provided guides are available.  

· The standard tour will be to the Glen area only.

Tour introduction

· If a tour has to be cancelled for any reason the Treehouse (499 1400) will be able to advise.
When the Treehouse is closed the Wellington City Council Contact Centre will be able to answer any queries. Contact phone number 499 4444

· A fee of $5 per adult applies, children 12 years old and under, free. This will be collected at the commencement of the tour.

· Visitors must keep to paths and not touch glow worms; they and their homes are delicate.

A fact sheet advising appropriate details of the tours – dates and conditions – will be available at the Treehouse and Begonia House and a copy will be given to each group of visitors on the night.

· Tour advisory notes:

Tour introduction

Tours commence at the Founders' Entrance to the Main Garden

The tours are not suitable for children under 6

All children  must be accompanied by an adult – a maximum of 2 children per each adult.  Responsibility for child safety lies with the  parents or caregivers as at night and with large  numbers the guides cannot  monitor all individuals.

All visitors must provide a torch – a minimum of one torch per two people. Children should note the torch is to see the way, not to look at glowworms unless told to do so

Reasonable mobility is required, and good walking shoes should be worn. Access is, however, flat.

On average tours take around 1 hour.

Start and finish at the Founder''s Entrance Glenmore Street

A group on the way

Tours are dependent on sufficient glow worm numbers being present, as numbers do seasonally change. Tours are generally run around the time of the new moon, when low moonlight allows the insects to be seen to their best advantage. Certain environmental conditions can, however, affect viewing, although they can always be seen. They are not in a cave, but are living in protected open places along the streams and banks.

Details of the glow worms CLICK HERE



Please note:
  all tours must be pre booked and paid for
as you cannot just turn up on the night
(Recent health and safety requirements have made this change)


Friday 3 May 2019, 7:30pm – 8:30pm Eventfinda Tickets Sold Out
Friday 30 August 2019, 7:30pm – 8:30pm

Where: Botanic Garden, 101 Glenmore St, Wellington

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • General Admission: $6.00
  • Children Admission (Under 12): $0.00


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Meet at the Founders’ entrance to Wellington Botanic Garden on Glenmore Street
 for a fascinating tour into the world of the glow-worm.

This outdoor night-time tour takes about one hour
 and is designed for children 7 years and older. Parents, please use your discretion.

Please bring your printed ticket and a torch. We'll see you there!

Watch the Wellington Garden Facebook page for cancellations and rain day postponement announcements
 or call the Treehouse Visitor Centre on 04 499 1400.

 This tour is operated by the Friends of Wellington Botanic Garden.