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Te Anau Glow Worm Caves Tour

Te Anau, New Zealand
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2 hours 15 minutes (Approx.)
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Offered in: English and 5 more


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

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Multiple departure times means this tour can fit easily into any itinerary.
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 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.

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Reviews by Viator travelers
, Aug 2019
Book in for the first night of your stay incase of poor weather conditions enquiring to be cancelled and rescheduled. There was flooding in the caves on my first night but thankfully there was space to be moved to the next day which worked out well. The boat journey across the lake was really cool. It was really dark and they turned the lights off in the boat too which was really pretty awesome! The stories about the glow worm caves were cool - and the guides very knowledgeable. The caves are super impressive
Amazing Experience!
, May 2019
We really enjoyed The Glow Worm Cave tour. We did the later tour because it worked with our schedule better. It was nice they offered a tour later in the evening (7:00 pm) but the only downside was we couldn't see anything on the boat ride because it was dark out, not a big deal though! The tour itself was great and our guide (Thomas) was wonderful! We would highly recommend this tour and would do it again if we are ever back in Te Anau!
Spectacular Experience
, Apr 2019
Very convenient and proper arrangement. Staffs at the cave are very professional and friendly. It was really a spectacular experience for us.
Great experience
Rob C
, Mar 2019
Really worthwhile trip especially after rain as the water flow was fantastic and just as good as the glowworms.
Glow worms, te Anua
, Jan 2019
Glow worm experience was informative,well planned and initiated.More organisation at boat terminal would make the whole experience better
Lovely tour
, Jan 2019
Was organized and very good guidanceVery nice experienceWe’d like to emphasize our guide, Alex and be thankful if you’ll inform him
Great Family attraction
, Jan 2019
Very well managed and controlled tour, my wife and my 8 yrs old daughter loved it. 100% recommended.
A Te Anau must see!
, Dec 2018
Very professional knowledgeable staff. Short boat ride over to the cave and a walk into into an amazing cave experience. Very beautiful!
Good tour with cruise and very...
Sarah W
, Apr 2018
Good tour with cruise and very informative on glow-worms. Very busy tour - lots of people on it, but broken into smaller groups for tour in caves which was good.
Couldve been 5 Stars EXCEPT a Patron...
Richard W
, Mar 2018
Couldve been 5 Stars EXCEPT a Patron had a very young baby, far too young to enter an immensely dark cavern that was crying and out of control BEFORE We even left the Visitors Centre. The Staff was explicit that quiet was required in the Cave, yet ALLOWED this less then one year old go on the Tour. The child SCREAMED the entire time, completely ruined our experience. Totally TRASHED IT. The Staff ALLOWED THIS TO OCCUR. We spent our 200 for a very poorly managed Tour- they got that Patrons money and OURS. There needs to be a MINIMUM AGE. The vast majority of Patrons are Adults. 10 had a lost experience, 2000 -so a family of 4 misbehaved

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