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Te Anau Glowworm Caves

Experience a mysterious underground world of rushing water before drifting in silent darkness beneath the luminous shimmer of hundreds of glowworms.

Highlights

  • Cruise across Lake Te Anau
  • Guided tour of the caves by path, and by small boat in the grotto
  • Complimentary hot drinks

Your magical journey begins in Te Anau with a relaxing cruise to the glowworm caves onboard our modern catamaran the Luminosa.

Relax on board, enjoy the scenery as we cruise to the western shores of Lake Te Anau. There is no road access to the Te Anau Glowworm Caves.

Upon arrival at the glowworm caves, you'll meet your guide and be able to view the interesting displays in Cavern House and learn about this mysterious underground world.

Venturing underground in small groups, you will soon appreciate that the Te Anau Glowworm Caves date back over 12,000 years and are home to a vast network of twisting limestone passages filled with sculpted rock, whirlpools and a roaring underground waterfall.

Your experienced and friendly guide will share the fascinating history of the cave and point out interesting highlights along the way.

The highlight of the tour is when you transfer to a small boat in a secluded grotto where hundreds of tiny glowworms perform a dazzling display above you - a truly extraordinary sight.

There is time for an optional short nature walk in view of the lake edge.

After a dazzling tour you can reflect upon your experience on the return cruise to Te Anau.

Adult $103.00
Child $30.00 (5 to 14yrs)

What's included

  • Return cruise across Lake Te Anau
  • Optional short guided forest experience to learn about the unique flora of the region
  • Guided tour of the caves by path and by small boat
  • Unlimited hot drinks

Notes

  • Duration: 2.hrs 15mins

    Please Note: Some bending is required at the caves entrance and steps are involved.

    Departs: Real Journeys Visitor Centre, 85 Lakefront Drive, Te Anau.

    Te Anau is a 2.5 hour drive from Queenstown, so ensure you allow sufficient time to travel between the two locations.

    Note: Photography and video filming are NOT permitted inside the cave.

  • Suitable for all 5 years and over. Child rates apply 5-14 years.

Available Bookings from August 04 to August 10

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10spaces priced from:

  • Adult$77.00
  • Child$0.00

8spaces priced from:

  • Adult$82.00
  • Child$0.00

8spaces priced from:

  • Adult$82.00
  • Child$0.00

8spaces priced from:

  • Adult$82.00
  • Child$0.00

Authenticated Reviews & PhotosAll of our reviews are from people who have booked and paid for this activity thru Bookme

Authenticated Reviews & PhotosAll of our reviews are from people who have booked and paid for this activity thru Bookme

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Claire Windross from New Zealand wrote on 03 August 2020

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Awesome... So close to the Glowworms...

Great guides, so full of information. Smooth booking and checking in. Really good experience. So glad we went.

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Kayla Wilson from New Zealand wrote on 30 July 2020

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Awesome Experience

Really great experience. Heaps of information about glow worms and the area while on the trip. Heaps of glow worms to look at. Friendly crew / guides. Great overall experience

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Sarah from New Zealand wrote on 27 July 2020

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Pretty neat

My inner child was super happy.

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Nicole Peach from New Zealand wrote on 26 July 2020

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Amazing experience!

This was such an awesome experience, definitely a must do trip!! The boat ride there & back was great with lots of stunning scenery. The caves were breathtaking and the guides were fantastic, very funny & informative! This was a total highlight of our South Island trip!

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Milair from New Zealand wrote on 20 July 2020

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Fantastic

Great experience, loved by adults and children alike

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