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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 November 2015

Had a great day. Really enjoyed the sights.

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.

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!.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

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

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

A brilliant trip, the boat trip out to the caves was a unexpected bonus. The staff were very informative and well organised so as we all got to see the caves, waterfalls and of course the glow worms

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

Really worth seeing - very knowledgeable guides and the trip across the lake in the early morning was beautiful too.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

We really enjoyed this excursion into a very dark cave. The DOC in NZ have found a way to allow access and increase understanding of a fascinating creature without compromising its environment too much. Very well done. A lovely end to our time in Fiordland

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

We had an awesum time, would do it again...

Isobel M
United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2015

Amazing trip though more exciting than most! Had to duck low to get into the caves and then walk over rushing water on a wire grid. Boat trip in the caves was great absolute silence and dark except fit the go lowers.

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