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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.

Highlights

  • 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

Amanda

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.

jrc26

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.

matthewjohndunn86

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!

mckenziej

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

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

Regina W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

When I first booked this trip, my adult children thought I was nuts. Afterwards....they apologized! This was a great tour. From the boat ride over....to the peacefully calm moments sitting in complete darkness...looking flow of these little creatures above us like stars. And no one even mentions the rushing river and waterfalls in the cave! Really a fun trip. I highly recommend!

Morgan C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

I went at night because of scheduling issues, and thoroughly enjoyed it. Stunning.

Glenda F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

A great day..the Moose Bar at Te Anau is a wonderful place to spend the time waiting for the glow worms visit. The bar manager made us feel very welcome and our lunch of NZ lamb shanks was brilliant

Ymltravels

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Wonderful!! Perfect! Absolutely gorgeous!

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