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Te Anau Glow Worm Caves Tour

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  • 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
Te Anau Glow Worm Caves Tour
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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.
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.
Reviews (263)
1 - 5 of 27 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago
Very good for families,

Very good for families even though we were a couple on the tour. The guides where great. Definitely worth while. The town of Te Anau is a very relaxing nice place also, mind you we were there in their quite season, we ended up staying...More

Date of experience: October 2018
2  Thank Marnie R
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile
Exiting experience

We went with kids (age 2 and 4). The boat trip back and forth to the cave is scenic and the guide offers interesting commentary. At the cave the guide took us inside in small groups of 8. Deep into the cave we boarded a...More

2  Thank Vinnie197945
Reviewed 1 week ago
Amazing experience

Took my parents (in their 70s) and my teenage son there in December 2108, all loved the experience. When you in the boat and enter the water of dark cave, there is a galaxy on top of your head, that is amazing. Worth a visit.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Chunqiu L
Reviewed 1 week ago
Exceeded Expectations

We left Te Anau at 5:45pm for a quick pleasant cruise across the lake. At the entrance to the cave, the talk was informartive and interesting. The cave itself and the rushing water were amazing while the glow worms put on a show that was...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Bundyx
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Defo worth a visit as have not seen these creatures before. The caves even before you see the Gloworms, are very impressive and big so you won't get claustrophobic! After going down into the large open caves you are brought on a small boat (shallow...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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20 January 2019|
Response from gjr26645 | Reviewed this property |
You walk from the boat to the caves somewhat uphill for about 5-10 minutes and then in the cave there is a small incline and stairs up and down. I’d say a good kilometer or two over all during the tour.
20 January 2019|
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Response from Catrin B | Reviewed this property |
I would think it is unlikely as you have to get through some narrow passages in the caves then transfer to a boat in the dark. Probably best to check with the providers.
4 January 2019|
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Response from exti444 | Reviewed this property |
It depends on the water level in the cave. If it is light rain that has just started then it would probably go ahead.