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

Te Anau Glow Worm Caves Tour

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 you to a mysterious underground world of rushing water before drifting in silent darkness beneath the luminous shimmer of thousands of glowworms.


  • 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

Following a scenic cruise across Lake Te Anau to Cavern House. Upon arrival join an informative talk about the life cycle of the glow worms, the history of the caves, their development and operation.

Next your friendly guide will take you on an exploration of the caves by path and small punt. Observe how the rushing water sculpts the rock formations, before gliding through silent darkness to the glowworm grotto. The delicate incandescence of thousands of tiny glowworms is a magical sight. Return to Te Anau by boat across the lake, reflecting on this amazing experience of nature.

Customer Reviews

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.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2015

This was great - a must see ... but take some insect repellent ... the sandflies or whatever they are were vicious ....

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