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GlowWorm Caves

Fjordland travel boat docks, Te Anau, Fiordland National Park, New Zealand
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Ranked #9 of 13 attractions in Te Anau
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Type: Caverns/ Caves, Bodies of Water
Useful Information: Activities for older children
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Sydney, Australia
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76 reviews 76 reviews
16 attraction reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 NEW

We drove the 2 hours from Queenstown , which was a really nice route. In the township of Te Anau, we had time for a very nice lunch at Sandfly Cafe before boarding the boat to cross the lake. Well organised by Real Journeys. We booked in Queenstown, but others were buying their tickets there. Once over, split into groups... More

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
11 reviews 11 reviews
9 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014 NEW

We spent an evening doing a tour with Real Journeys to the glow worm caves. It was definitely a unique experience, and the guides were very friendly, but we were a little underwhelmed overall really. It was a bit of a shame that since it was winter, it was dark, and so we couldn't see anything from the windows in... More

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Perth, Western Australia, Australia
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105 reviews 105 reviews
50 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

I thoroughly enjoyed visiting the glow worm caves in Te Anau. Its just like being in the space...but in the cave :-D I joined Real Journeys tour and it's such an enjoyable experience. All went smooth from beginning til the end. The boat cruise through Lake Te Anau was pleasant. I recommend the later trip at 5.30am as you got... More

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Milford, NH
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

We were primarily in the area to hike but friends had recommended this side trip. It gave us a taste of many key aspects of the area - boating on the water, walking into a beautiful cave, seeing the glowworms - like a celestial sky, and a bit of naturalist information. The boat ride within the cave was reminiscent of... More

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Sydney, Australia
12 reviews 12 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014 via mobile

I'm going to start off by saying that the crew was friendly and great, but the place overall is a let down. We went therein June, so the number of glow worms in the cave is halved (was told by our motel host). And to get there costs $75, and honestly I don't think it was worth it. You take... More

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Penang Island, Malaysia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

We are so amazed with the power of nature mama that creates the cave with running waters from the mountain! It's really great to be in dark to see the glows of the glow-worms. Surprisingly, every passenger on the boat are so co-operative by keeping silent to let everyone else enjoy the moments. Everyone seems to be so confident in... More

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Rongotea, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

The wild and wet weather added to this trip. It was well organised and managed and as we had not been to any glow worm caves for many years we appreciated the experience, particularly the tranquil moment of sitting in the boats looking up at the glow.

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Port Carling, Canada
4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

This excursion was fun! The boat ride to the caves alone, was nice. Getting into the caves was exciting and the history about the caves, its construction and of course, the glow-worms themselves, was very interesting and informative. It is very safe but could be somewhat challenging for individuals with physical limitations as you need to crawl quite low at... More

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20 reviews 20 reviews
16 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

Definitely one of he biggest highlight for the trip. The actual journey through the caves was an excitement in itself. The educational session about the glow worms was also very informative. If you only have a day in the area, this is the one you should choose.

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Real_Journeys, Manager at GlowWorm Caves, responded to this review

Garden V, We appreciate you taking the time to write a review and for our 5-star rating. You are right, the trip is informative and exciting - made up of a lake cruise, the journey through the caves and the educational element. Thanks again and glad it was a highlight of your trip. Kind regards, The Real Journeys Team More

Clacton-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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33 reviews 33 reviews
13 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

A really nice trip with a guide through the caves and then on a boat to see the glow worms. Very good and interesting.

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