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  • Hours: Open daily. Tours start at 2pm and 7pm, additional tours at 5:45pm and 8:15pm in Nov - Apr
  • Admission: Adults: NZ$67, Children (5-14yrs): NZ$22

The sparkling show put on by the glowworms at  Te Anau Glowworm Caves will fill anyone with wonder. As your boat silently glides through the grotto you will be captivated by thousands of twinkling emerald stars. To reach the grotto you will travel through a mysterious underground world of twisting limestone passages, rushing water, whirlpools and thundering underground waterfalls

The caves were found in 1948 by Lawson Burrows after three years searching using clues from old Maori legends. The caves are very young, about 12,000 years old, and are still being carved by the rushing water.

Practical Info

The caves lie in the Murchison Mountains, across Lake Te Anau from the village of Te Anau 2.5 hours from Queenstown. The trip across the lake is a treat in itself.

Access is restricted to the caves and mountains as the environment is very fragile. The caves themselves can only be visited as part of a tour.

Tours & Tickets

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Te Anau Glow Worm Caves Tour from Te Anau or Queenstown

4.5 star rating: Recommended 169 Reviews

The fascinating Te Anau caves system on the western shore of Lake Te Anau offers an underground adventure that charms visitors of all ages. This tour takes ...  Read more

Location: Te Anau, New Zealand
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $54.11

Te Anau Super Saver: Milford Sound Nature Cruise plus Te Anau Glowworm Cave Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 5 Reviews

With this Te Anau Super Saver, you’ll be amazed by the natural wonders of New Zealand. On your first day, cruise Milford Sound and admire the dramatic scenery ...  Read more

Location: Te Anau, New Zealand
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

From USD $149.44

Te Anau Super Saver: Doubtful Sound Cruise plus Te Anau Glowworm Cave Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

Be amazed by the wonders of New Zealand on this two-day Te Anau Super Saver. First, take a wilderness cruise on Doubtful Sound where the natural beauty will ...  Read more

Location: Te Anau, New Zealand
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

From USD $204.25

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