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Te Anau Glow Worm Caves Tour

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Te Anau, New Zealand
Te Anau Glow Worm Caves Tour

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icon2 hours 15 minutes  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

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Overview

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 2hour and 15 minute 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.
  • 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

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Multiple departure times means this tour can fit easily into any itinerary.
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Lake cruise on Lake Te Anau
Complimentary Tea & Coffee
Food and drinks, unless specified
Hotel pickup and drop-off
85 Lakefront Drive , 85 Lakefront Drive, Te Anau 9600, New Zealand

Please be sure to arrive 20 minutes before your scheduled departure.

This activity will end right where it started.
Meet your informative guide at the tour office to begin your 2 hour and 15 minute 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 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.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Te Anau Glowworm Caves
View glittering glowworms in an underground cave system.
Duration: 2 hours 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Pass By:  
Lake Te Anau
Take a scenic cruise across beautiful Lake Te Anau on the luxury catamaran Luminosa to Cavern House on the lake's western shores.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Minimum age is 5 years
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 72 travelers
  • OPERATED BY RealNZ
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Te Anau Glow Worm Caves Tour?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Te Anau Glow Worm Caves Tour.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Te Anau Glow Worm Caves Tour?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Te Anau Glow Worm Caves Tour.

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  • "If you have mobility issues this might be a problem but the staff will do all possible and they'll let you know ahead of time." See review

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star-5
Fantastic experience
Debbid_P
, Jul 2022
What a beautiful tour, the cruise up the lake was wonderful, dress for the cool weather and you can enjoy getting on the top deck and see more. The caves were amazing and very informative.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Thanks for your review, we're also big admirers of our beautiful Te Anau lake.
star-5
Amazing 🤩
kirsten_m
, Jul 2022
It was just awesome and learnt heaps - great cruise great people and brilliant caves - awesome experience
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Thank you so much Kirsten! We're stoked that you were able to learn something new from the Glowworm Cave experience.
star-5
Worth every penny!
Michaela_U
, Jun 2022
Worth every penny! Such a smooth tour and very well organised! Highly recommend! Even in the “off season” was truly amazing!
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
The off season is the perfect time to go! Smaller groups make the experience even more magical. Thank you for taking the time to post this review. We're so happy to hear you enjoyed your glowworm cave tour. :)
star-5
Spectacular
Shannon_C
, Jun 2022
Did not expect to get into a boat INSIDE the cave! Was an incredible experience and very informative!! We all came away having learnt something new.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
The punt boat is the best part!! We're so happy to hear your enjoyed your tour with us and came away with new memories and knowledge. You're feedback tells us that we're doing something right! ;)
star-5
A very educational tour of the glow worm caves.
YEWMENG_L
, May 2022
Awesome view of the caves and very educational. Glow worms were very near to us in total darkness. The guide was knowledgeable.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Sounds like you managed to get a really good view of the glow worms from nice and close. Our guides love sharing their knowledge with our guests. Thank you for your review.
star-5
Whole experience and...
Martin_G
, Feb 2022
Whole experience and staff was friendly and helping they explained things throughly . Will definitely suggest more people
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We too think it is an experience that is worth sharing, so please do suggest it to more people.
star-5
Te Anua glow worm cave experience
Tania_A
, Jan 2022
Great morning out. A leisurely trip on the ferry to the island with great commentary. Then walking through the caves was an experience in itself before going on the boat & seeing even more glow worms in the pitch black. End the tour with a complimentary tea/ coffee/ hot chocolate while watching a short informative video. Thoroughly enjoyed it.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Thank you for your review and great to hear that you enjoyed every aspect of it. It is a pretty unique experience to be in pitch black and seeing all the glowworms and we are happy to hear you thoroughly enjoyed it!
star-4
Unique experience
Pornpop_U
, Jun 2021
It was very nice and worthy to see glow worms as it was a unique experience even though we could not see them as stunningly astronomical as if we were in a planetarium.
star-4
Lovely family day
Melanie_P
, Apr 2021
We took our 5 year old unsure how she would handle the dark but she loved it. Was a cold wet day but still lovely to be there.
star-5
Glow worms
Dianne_S
, Apr 2021
Great tour and commentary. Definitely recommend doing it. Well organised. Boat was nice and clean. Guides instructions were very clear and easy to understand
star-5
Don't miss this!!!
Hannah_J
, Dec 2020
The ride across the lake was absolutely gorgeous! The caves were incredible - far better than I was even expecting! The tour guides were friendly and knowledgeable!
star-5
Fantastic
Nichola_degarnham
, Oct 2020
A group of 10 went on. Road trip we went to the caves the boat trip was fantastic and the glow caves were very exciting
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star-5
Nature is very cool
Benjamin_M
, Mar 2020
Very cool experience from the boat ride and then the walk into the caves, only wished we could have spent more time in the caves! Our guide "Just" Ben was fun and knowledgeable.
star-5
Fabulous experience not to be missed.
Mervyn_C
, Feb 2020
Well organised as usual by Real Journeys. The guides were informative and eager to assist. Interesting to experience the glow worm cave by dinghy pulled along the narrow waterway by means of ropes. Fabulous experience and not to be missed.
star-5
Excellent
Malcolm_F
, Feb 2020
Well worth it. Fantastic place and knowledgeable guides. Trip on boat good too. Especially on a calm day
star-5
A "must do" experience when in Te Anau, it's fabulous.
Mervyn_C
, Feb 2020
The glow worm experience was everything we expected and more. The dinghy through the cave was very different and special plus the guided tour by Real Journeys personnel was as expected, very professional and informative. A not to be missed experience while in Te Anau.
star-5
Glow and Cruise
Wendy_I
, Feb 2020
Worth it just for the cruise along the edge of Fiordland! The caves and the worms were very exciting to see.
star-5
Glow little glow worms.... wonderful.
Kevin_K
, Feb 2020
A must-do when visiting the area, From check in to return, a wonderful experience. Our guides were knowledgeable, fun and entertaining. The glow worms themselves performed admirably and put on a great show. If you have mobility issues this might be a problem but the staff will do all possible and they'll let you know ahead of time. From little kids to older folks (like me) you'll finish up grinning.
star-5
Magical caves and glow worms
drjuliefranklin
, Feb 2020
Fabulous trip - journey across the lake to the caves gives a great perspective on lake Te Anau. The walk into the caves and the boat trip to see the glow worms is magical. Definitely one to book.
star-3
Noisy Child
Ann_H
, Feb 2020
This trip included a 2 yr old child who could not sit still nor keep quiet. Hence the whole trip was spolt. There was not a magical moment in the caves just a lot of howling and crying.

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