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Te Anau Glow Worm Caves Tour

  • 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
From US$66.11
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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 (246)
1 - 5 of 11 reviews
Reviewed 20 August 2018
Not as great as it looks on the brochure

This trip was a dissapointment. The cost is very high for the value of the trip. Overall the glow worms are not nearly as spectacular as the brochures indicate. If you have claustrophobia this trip is not for you either. You will need to be...More

8  Thank 549jeanec
Reviewed 1 April 2018

This was much more interesting than I thought it might be. I found the caves amazingly interesting to see on the walking part of the tour, and of course the glow worms always look beautiful. Well worth it. Our guide ' Storm' was very helful...More

5  Thank Jo F
Reviewed 29 March 2018
Roaring caves

These caves live up to their name. A lot of water making a rushing noise and a big underground waterfall is the unique thing. The glow worms were less impressive than Waitomo but we were told that they vary a lot according to how hungry...More

8  Thank pauljilltaylor
Reviewed 27 March 2018
The only place I really felt like a tourist

I enjoyed the boat trip, and the walk in the caves, and also seeing the glow worms, they were amazing, but being parcelled up into small groups, invited to go on the ‘forest walk’ which was really just a small path to keep us busy...More

13  Thank pinkduck
Reviewed 9 March 2018 via mobile
Interesting and enjoyable

Beautiful rock formations in the caves, appreciated the huge impact the water has had on the rock over the years. The best part of the. Tour was being in the total darkness and quiet and seeing the tiny dots of light that are the glow...More

4  Thank Eccates
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