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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
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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 (252)
1 - 5 of 17 reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Was a bit better than ok but not great.

Weather was awful so cruise was not as good as it would have been on a nice day. Cave was cool but glow worms on North Island at Waitomo were much better. Service was good, people were friendly.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank ronc25
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Really enjoyed the experience. The caves themselves were amazing as there had been a lot of rain and the water was thundering through. Magical to see the glow worm. Don't go on this trip if you are claustrophobic or afraid of the dark!

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Catrin B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Best tour..

Once your eyes became adjusted the Glow Worms are everywhere, the boat ride in total darkness was quite splendid.

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank Paul S
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The cave was terrific but it was very low on entry. The guides were good as you could hear them over the loud rushing water. The glow worms were nice but I had expected more of them. The information session after was interesting and explained...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank tigergirl2018
Reviewed 13 November 2018
Simply Amazing!!

If you are in New Zealand and within 100 miles of Te Anau, do NOT miss the Glow Worm Caves experience. Anyone who is interested in our natural world will love this 2 hour tour. The staff and guides are professional, knowledgeable, and enjoyable. It...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Ann M
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