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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.
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.
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.
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.
This was extremely professional and came off without a single problem. I really enjoyed the entire trip and the caves were intimate and special.
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.
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!
Great trip, friendly staff. Kids and adults both enjoyed seeing the glow worms!
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!
I went at night because of scheduling issues, and thoroughly enjoyed it. Stunning.
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
A unique experience, very well managed by Real Adventures inspite of the January crowd.
It was a once in a lifetime experience. very surreal and mesmerizing. Little bit crowded around January, but the folks managed it really well
Very enthusiastic staff, very knowledgeable of their subject who made the evening g a fun experience. Would recommend to anyone.
A really enjoyable experience, very surreal! I would recommend it.
What a great experience despite the rain - but we still enjoyed the visit to the glowworm cave.
Our guide was quite knowledgeable and enthusiastic. She answered all our questions and pointed out some interesting facts about the cave and its unique inhabitants.
We will definitely recommend this to our friends and relatives if they get a chance to visit Te Anau in the future.
Great trip, lovely ride across the lake, knowledgable staff and a slightly spooky trip underground in complete darkness apart from the glow worms
Gorgeous weather, a top-notch tour operator, and stunning natural wonder made for a perfect day!
Beautiful day on the water, I have been there before, many years ago the facilities have improved but the commentary on the boat was poor and incorrect overseas tourists may not have known but New Zealanders on the boat certainly did. The trip in the caves was exciting and the kids really enjoyed it, overall a great day trip for the whole family
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