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Te Anau: Glowworm Caves Guided Tour

1. Te Anau: Glowworm Caves Guided Tour

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.


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Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 39 reviews

A very well organised tour by a guiding team who watched out for our safety, knew their facts and were very informative. We thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience! So amazing to see this part of our beautiful New Zealand.

Wonderful experience. It's incredible how close you get up to the glow worms. Walking through the cave is an amazing experience and one which isn't replicated elsewhere. The boat ride over is an experience in itself!

Fantastic adventure, beautiful trip across the lake followed by incredible caves and native forest. Helpful and informative guides made the trip that much more engaging.

Fantastic in every way! The boat trip was lovely but the caves were just spellbinding. Lovely guides with lots of local knowledge and info. The best two hours ever!

Amazing! The commentary on the cruise and our tour guides are amazing! Truly one of the best travel decisions I made!