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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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Te Anau Glow Worm Caves Tour

Te Anau Glow Worm Caves Tour

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 2017

A very interesting tour but have in mind that: the cave entrance is one meter high and you have to be able to walk few good meters in that position, have very good non slippery shoes, follow safety instructions. I would not recommend it for kids under 7 years old. I had few times when I regretted as it was very noisy, pitch dark, like in a cave. I didn't know that will walk actually 250 m inside the cave. It is interesting, the company Real Journey built a very difficult scaffolding system inside the cave to walk on for 250 m, an incredible amount of work. The guide is having a hard job to make himself heard in that environment, kudos to them!! Well trained, really appreciate their stamina.

Lynette W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Myself, husband and teenager loved this tour. Enjoyed the trip across the lake, it was misty and moody and cold, but we were prepared, loved walking though the caves and the serenity of floating in the dark under the glow worms. Well worth it.

Gary B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

A really good tour - well run and the guides were fantastic

Patricia P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Large numbers of people do this trip, but it is so well handled that you don't feel herded along at all. The journey there across the lake and through the caves are run like clockwork. Well worth doing, informative and beautiful.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Great sights really well run tour enjoyed the whole experience

Ariana S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Amazing experience! There's a quick ferry over to the spot of the cave. Then there is a short informative talk about the glow worms and then the cave filled with glow worms. No pictures allowed to preserve your night vision. On a side note, my husband originally did not want to go, but ended up loving it! Very cool experience.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

This was extremely professional and came off without a single problem. I really enjoyed the entire trip and the caves were intimate and special.

Victor J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

A thoroughly enjoyable experience, start to finish: The ride across Lake Te Anau by catamaran was scenic and smooth. The brief trek through the rainforest to the caves was fascinating. Our tour guide was friendly, knowledgeable, and in control. The caves themselves were amazing--not necessarily for the glow worms. It was thrilling to see a raging torrent of water that is actively carving out a passage to the lake. Along the way toward the section where glowworm habitation was the focus, you could see occasional glowworms twinkling in crevasses in the rocky roof. The guide pointed out and explained geological formations in the caves. After hoofing it for a while, at times needing to crouch a little, we had an in-cave boat trip in complete darkness through a starry sky of glowworms. Then there was a guided rainforest walk and a presentation on the worms. It turns out that they aren't all happiness and bioluminescent light! They can be cannibals, and they emit poisonous and paralyzing droplets along dozens of silk threads to catch their prey. It may make sense that this information doesn't come out until after the tour! Note that, at the departure point, there is a little store that features good buys on such items as possum fingerless gloves.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

It was really cool just being in the cave and the boat gets you very close to the glow worms. A must do in Te Anau!
Just a tip, suggest wearing insect repellent for sand flies!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Great trip, friendly staff. Kids and adults both enjoyed seeing the glow worms!

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