Te Anau, New Zealand

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2 hours 30 minutes (Approx.)
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Offered in: English and 4 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.

Inclusions & Exclusions


  • Lake cruise on Lake Te Anau
  • Complimentary Tea & Coffee
  • Entry/Admission - Te Anau Glowworm Caves


  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure & Return

Departure Point

Real Journeys Office

Departure Time

9am: 1 Dec - 30 Apr

10:15am: All Year
2:00pm: All Year
4:30pm: 1 Oct - 30 Apr
5:45pm: 1 Oct - 30 Apr
7:00pm: All Year
8:15pm: 1 Oct - 30 Apr

Return Details

Returns to original departure point

What To Expect

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.

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Minimum age is 5 years

Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

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Viator Traveler's Reviews

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, Jan 2019

Glow worm experience was informative,well planned and initiated.More organisation at boat terminal would make the whole experience better

, Dec 2018

Very professional knowledgeable staff. Short boat ride over to the cave and a walk into into an amazing cave experience. Very beautiful!

, 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.

, Apr 2018

Incredible your. Wonderful

, 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

, Mar 2018

This tour was so interesting! It was like seeing stars in the sky but in a dark cave. The only thing I would like to see different is to have a short video on the glowworms instead of having someone speak about it.

, Mar 2018

Really well done. A highlight of our trip to Nz

, Feb 2018

It is very interesting tour.

, Feb 2018

Very well organised trip
Must do

, Jan 2018

What an amazing tour. From start to finish, very well organised and informative.

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