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Te Anau Glow Worm Caves Tour

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Te Anau, New Zealand

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icon2 hours 15 minutes  (Approx.)
iconOffered in: English and 6 more

Keeping you safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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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

Departure Point

85 Lakefront Drive, Te Anau 9600, New Zealand

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
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 within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • 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 Real Journeys

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

Learn more about cancellations.

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 is the social distancing policy during Te Anau Glow Worm Caves Tour?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Te Anau Glow Worm Caves Tour?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 72 travelers.

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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Don't miss this!!!
HanBan
, 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!
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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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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.
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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.
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Excellent
Malcolm_F
, Feb 2020
Well worth it. Fantastic place and knowledgeable guides. Trip on boat good too. Especially on a calm day
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Noisy Child
banterharris
, 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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