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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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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


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 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


5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Wonderful!! Perfect! Absolutely gorgeous!

Peter S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

A great experience

dhruva c

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

A unique experience, very well managed by Real Adventures inspite of the January crowd.

dhruva c

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

It was a once in a lifetime experience. very surreal and mesmerizing. Little bit crowded around January, but the folks managed it really well

Patricia S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Had a great time


5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Very enthusiastic staff, very knowledgeable of their subject who made the evening g a fun experience. Would recommend to anyone.

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