4.5 star rating: Recommended 152 Reviews

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

Te Anau Glow Worm Caves Tour

See the glowworm caves of Te Anau on an underground adventure sure to charm visitors of all ages. An informative guide joins you on the 2.5-hour Te Anau glowworm caves tour, starting with a cruise across Lake Te Anau. Then marvel at the shimmering illumination of thousands of glowworms as you glide through the quiet darkness of this magical underground world.


  • See the glow worms and beautiful rock formations on this tour from Te Anau
  • Enjoy a return cruise trip on Lake Te Anau
  • Friendly and informative guide

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What You Can Expect

Te Anau Glow Worm Caves Tour

Entry to the Glowworm Caves, Te Anau

Meet your informative guide at the tour office to begin your 2.5-hour tour of the Te Anau glowworm caves. Start with a scenic cruise across Lake Te Anau before continuing underground to the cave system, located on the lake’s western shore.

Upon arrival at the Cavern House, listen an interesting talk about the life cycle of the glowworm as well as the history of the caves. Your guide leads you on an exploration of the caves by footpath and small punt (a flat-bottomed boat propelled with a pole) along the rushing underground river.

Observe water-sculpted rock formations and drift into the glowworm grotto to marvel at the mysterious sight of thousands of tiny glowworms. Learn what feats of nature create the incandescence in the silent darkness. 

Afterward, you’re returned by boat across the lake to Te Anau.

Customer Reviews


5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Great trip, lovely ride across the lake, knowledgable staff and a slightly spooky trip underground in complete darkness apart from the glow worms

Janet E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Gorgeous weather, a top-notch tour operator, and stunning natural wonder made for a perfect day!

Robin H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Beautiful day on the water, I have been there before, many years ago the facilities have improved but the commentary on the boat was poor and incorrect overseas tourists may not have known but New Zealanders on the boat certainly did. The trip in the caves was exciting and the kids really enjoyed it, overall a great day trip for the whole family


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Fantastic amazing....

Michael S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Interesting and very well organised tour. A must see for visitors of Te Anau.

Margaret V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Had a great day. Really enjoyed the sights.

James Y

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Very informative - the staff certainly knew there stuff. Not for the claustrophobic - remember, you're in a cave! It was a magical experience.

Mark B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

This attraction is one that should not be missed. I suggest you arrive in Te Anau by 1 PM on the day before your trip to the Milford Sound. Take the afternoon tour to the cave. Then leave early the next morning for the Sound. The 11 AM tour there is less crowded. Plus the roads, in the winter can be uncertain and there is no need to rush!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Trip me and my two boys wont forget.They were worried going into the cave,but after comming back out they wanted to do it again!.

Annette B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Thoroughly enjoyed this tour. Quite unique. Would have loved it to be even longer though!!

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