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Address: Real Journeys Visitor Centre, Lakefront Drive, Te Anau, Fiordland National Park, New Zealand
Description: Visit the Te Anau Glowworm Caves – an underground network of limestone...
Visit the Te Anau Glowworm Caves – an underground network of limestone caves lit by hundreds of glowworms. In the darkness they produce a glittering display. Carved out by the force of the river, the underground world is surprisingly beautiful with whirlpools and roaring waterfalls. Begin with a scenic cruise across Lake Te Anau and then our nature guides will take you in groups through the caves and then in small boats into the grotto. Departs Te Anau.
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The boat trip over was quite long and choppy but there were some lovely sights to see. Once there you are separated into smaller groups and taught some info about the glow worms... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2015
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

Not sure if this was a good value or not, would not do it again. The boat journey was good and the history of the area was great to learn. The caves tend to be in dark, with a lot of water splashing around. We did see some sort of glow but I think the worms or whatever had just... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

It is frankly a scam. The operators will make wait for more than an hour to put in a boat a literary "shake" you for 5 minutes while you watch the worms. The structure that allows tourists (mostly asian tours) to walk in the caves, is built in the mist invasive way to the millennial caves. I cant understand how... More 

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Wollongong, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

The boat trip over was quite long and choppy but there were some lovely sights to see. Once there you are separated into smaller groups and taught some info about the glow worms. I'm glad I took my goose down jacket as it really was quite cold in there! If you're cares of heights or are claustrophobic this is not... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

After all that fresh air and scenery it was refreshing to find a totally different activity. Also as there is so little to do in the evenings [other than eat at expensive restaurants] it is something to do at night - the last sailing is at 7 p.m. You cross Lake Te Anau - about 25 minutes - to get... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

We drove down in the morning from Queenstown and took the tour from TeAnau. What a fantastic experience. The trip consisted of a short boat ride across the lake to a secluded visitor center where we we're briefed on the cave and what to expect along with the history of the area. Short walk to the entrance of the cave... More 

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Dunedin, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

A trip you can make in any weather (though too much rain will close the caves). We experienced very wet weather prior to the trip, and the caves were closed after our tour as water levels were expected to rise further. To us, the previous rain made it a terrific experience, the roar of the water was thunderous, REALLY thunderous!... More 

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Lincoln, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

We were happy to finally be able to take the tour of the Glow Worm Caves that we have heard so much about. The entire staff was very friendly, the boating to and from the caves was an enjoyable ride, and the trip into the caves was amazingly interesting. Our only disappointment I will share is that we purchased the... More 

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Murfreesboro, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

My husband & I took this trip a few years ago & this was one of the highlights. Our cruise across the lake was beautiful & the glow worms were stunning! It is a dream of mine to go back with our three children.

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Queenstown, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

I liked that this product included a boat trip across the lovely Lake Te Anau, a talk in the information centre, a walk through the caves and then an atmospheric float through an underground water way. There was definitely a little bit of a conveyer belt feel about it, however, I felt that was unavoidable due to the logistics of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

The Glowworm Caves are a 12000 year old cave system, the caves are part of a 6.7km, four level limestone labyrinth known as the Aurora Caves system. One visits these caves to see 100’s of tiny glowworms in a magical underground experience. Enter a mysterious underground world of rushing water before drifting in silent darkness beneath the luminous shimmer of... More 

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