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Te Anau: Glowworm Caves Guided Tour

Activity provider: RealNZ

Te Anau: Glowworm Caves Guided Tour

Activity provider: RealNZ
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From US$ 64.23 per person

Likely to sell out

Begin with a calm cruise across Lake Te Anau, before travelling through the caves by path and small boat. Deep inside the caves thousands of glowworms inhabit a silent hidden grotto.

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Duration 135 minutes
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  • Enjoy a return scenic cruise on Lake Te Anau
  • See the glow worms in pitch black darkness
  • Learn about the rock formations in the caves
  • Listen to the roaring water flowing through the caves
  • Learn about the unique flora of the region on an optional short guided forest experience
Full description
Experience a mysterious underground world of rushing water before drifting in darkness beneath the luminous shimmer of hundreds of glowworms.  Your trip to the Te Anau Glowworm Caves begins with a cruise to the western shores of Lake Te Anau. At the entry to the caves, view the informative displays and learn about this geological wonder before you head underground. On the tour of the caves, your friendly guide will point out the highlights and share their knowledge of the caves and its history. This underground world is astonishingly beautiful. The cave are 12,000 years old which by geological standards is still very young and they are still being carved out by the force of the river that flows through them. The result is a twisting network of limestone passages filled with sculpted rock, whirlpools and a roaring underground waterfall. Deep inside the caves, beyond the roar of the water, you will be taken by small boat into a silent hidden grotto inhabited by thousands of glowworms, unique to New Zealand. In the subterranean darkness, they produce a glittering display that is nothing short of extraordinary.
  • Guided tour through the caves
  • Beautiful scenic cruise from the meeting point to the caves entry point
  • Various language handouts in English, German, Portuguese, Japanese and Chinese
    Not suitable for
    • People with mobility impairments
    • Wheelchair users

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    Meeting point

    Visitor Centre, 85 Lakefront Drive, Te Anau, New Zealand.

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    Important information

    What to bring

    • Comfortable shoes
    • Insect repellent
    • Weather-appropriate clothing

    Not allowed

    • Cameras

    Know before you go

    • Please note that a reasonable agility level is necessary as some bending is required due to low cave entrances and steps being involved
    • This tour is not suitable for wheelchair passengers or heeled shoes
    • This tour is not suitable for infants
    • Light refreshments are available to purchase from the Cavern House and on the Luminosa. Complimentary tea and coffee is available at Cavern House
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.7 /5

    based on 291 reviews

    Review summary

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    • Value for money
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    The a tual trip to the caveswas longer than expected. The presentation prior to entering the caves was very interesting. To reach the actual glow-worm caves it was necessary to walk up some steps. This would pose some problems for those with mobility issues. Perhaps some advise should be given to patrons before leaving on the tour. Overall it was a good tour.

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    October 18, 2022

    Guides very informative about the glow worms and also about what to expect on the tour. Not the big open cave shown on pictures. You walk into the caves and at one point, you have to walk bent down. Seeing the glow worms is via boat in the dark which gives you the best experience of the glow worms.

    March 17, 2020

    This was the most unique tour we’ve ever taken. It was an amazing experience from the boat ride to the caves to the hike to the caves to the caves themselves. No words can explain, You have to experience for yourself. Boat guide Bobbie was awesome. She really loves her work. Cave guide Chris was also amazing and very passionate about his tour.

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    October 28, 2019

    Product ID: 126038