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Te Anau Glowworm Caves

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Visit the Te Anau Glowworm Caves - an underground network of limestone caves lit by hundreds of glowworms. In the darkness they produce a glittering display. Carved out by the force of the river, the underground world is surprisingly beautiful with...more
Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
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| Lakefront Drive, Te Anau, Fiordland National Park, New Zealand
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Booked the 2pm tour with Real Journeys and thoroughly enjoyed it. The boat tour was pretty windy and chilly so bring a jacket / wind breaker if the weather isn’t great. The actual caves tour is amazing - the glow worms are a sight to...More

Thank LeighK82
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The glow worm caves were fantastic, so interesting. The tour guy was really informative and interesting. Very clear and easy to understand. The crusie over was also really informative and picturesque.

Thank SueB3865
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We loved this tour! A 30 minute boat ride to the glow worm caves and a short walk into the caves before you are loaded onto a small boat to see the glow worms. Our guide was fantastic and we thoroughly enjoyed this tour. You...More

1  Thank Amy P
Reviewed 1 week ago

We took the night tour, because it fit our schedule after coming back from Milford Sound, but the trip on the lake would be scenic in daylight. The cave is pretty cool ( a waterfall and caverns), but the glowworms were not that bright the...More

Thank cookpias
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We went on the 2pm tour. Jumped on the boat for the ride accross to the Glow worm caves. The skipper was pretty informitive which ill give them. We arrived to the side of the lake where the caves are and we were split into...More

5  Thank Erana P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We went to Te Anau from Queestown on a 2hrs bus ride, then take a boat across the lake to the underground water fall, where you can see glow worms glittering in the dark. Very interesting place

Thank BackPacker153799
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very simple booking experience - cruised out to the cave in a very comfortable boat disembarked and were separated into groups with our own tour guide. Very friendly guides who used a bit of humour in their introductory speeches. Then the fun bit - we...More

Thank Bianca C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We left at 6.45pm from the jetty at Te Anua and travelled across the lake where we were met by guides who took us in smaller groups for a walk through the amazing caves and then onto a small boat where it was pitch black...More

1  Thank jbsilverhill
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Didn't know exactly what to expect and was blown away at the glow worm spectacular toward the end of the tour.

Thank Eric B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We did the 7pm tour due to our schedule and it was dark - I would suggest doing the day tours so you can take in the surrounding forest and the cruise to the sight itself. The cave is dark no matter what so the...More

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Geoffrey_Chapman
28 May 2018|
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Response from WO2SSM | Reviewed this property |
I would look to go during the day, as the boat ride over has fantastic views and should you miss the boat you will not automatically get on the next boat.
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Lauren S
19 May 2018|
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Response from Obanini1 | Reviewed this property |
Not recommend if I was claustrophobic as there are low ceilings and dark periods with no exits to escape.
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TinaSueWP
5 March 2018|
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Response from Philsadvice | Reviewed this property |
Check out realjourneys they run the trips to the caves. Roads and weather in Fiordland is variable, we got caught with a large snow fall a few years ago in the area in early June, but if you can handle the cold and have... More
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