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Te Anau Glow Worm Caves Tour

Te Anau, New Zealand
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icon2 hours 15 minutes  (Approx.)
iconOffered in: English and 6 more

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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 2hour and 15 minute 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 hour and 15 minute 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.
Stop At:  
Te Anau Glowworm Caves
View glittering glowworms in an underground cave system.
Duration: 2 hours 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Pass By:  
Lake Te Anau
Take a scenic cruise across beautiful Lake Te Anau on the luxury catamaran Luminosa to Cavern House on the lake's western shores.

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Traveler Tips

  • "If you have mobility issues this might be a problem but the staff will do all possible and they'll let you know ahead of time." See review
  • "Book in for the first night of your stay incase of poor weather conditions enquiring to be cancelled and rescheduled."


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Nature is very cool
, Mar 2020
Very cool experience from the boat ride and then the walk into the caves, only wished we could have spent more time in the caves! Our guide "Just" Ben was fun and knowledgeable.
Fabulous experience not to be missed.
, Feb 2020
Well organised as usual by Real Journeys. The guides were informative and eager to assist. Interesting to experience the glow worm cave by dinghy pulled along the narrow waterway by means of ropes. Fabulous experience and not to be missed.
, Feb 2020
Well worth it. Fantastic place and knowledgeable guides. Trip on boat good too. Especially on a calm day
A "must do" experience when in Te Anau, it's fabulous.
, Feb 2020
The glow worm experience was everything we expected and more. The dinghy through the cave was very different and special plus the guided tour by Real Journeys personnel was as expected, very professional and informative. A not to be missed experience while in Te Anau.
Glow and Cruise
, Feb 2020
Worth it just for the cruise along the edge of Fiordland! The caves and the worms were very exciting to see.
Glow little glow worms.... wonderful.
, Feb 2020
A must-do when visiting the area, From check in to return, a wonderful experience. Our guides were knowledgeable, fun and entertaining. The glow worms themselves performed admirably and put on a great show. If you have mobility issues this might be a problem but the staff will do all possible and they'll let you know ahead of time. From little kids to older folks (like me) you'll finish up grinning.
Magical caves and glow worms
, Feb 2020
Fabulous trip - journey across the lake to the caves gives a great perspective on lake Te Anau. The walk into the caves and the boat trip to see the glow worms is magical. Definitely one to book.
Noisy Child
, Feb 2020
This trip included a 2 yr old child who could not sit still nor keep quiet. Hence the whole trip was spolt. There was not a magical moment in the caves just a lot of howling and crying.
Glow worm
, Jan 2020
Amazing little Cruise to the glow worm cave. The Glow worms were amazing to watch. Our tour guid was amazing too.
Family Vacation
, Jan 2020
The grandchildren, parents and grandparents loved it. It was educational along with superb views of the glow worms. Highly recommend.

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