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Te Anau Glowworm Caves

Address: Real Journeys Visitor Centre, Lakefront Drive, Te Anau, Fiordland National Park, New Zealand
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Type: Caverns & caves, Bodies of water, Nature & Parks
Owner description: Visit the Te Anau Glowworm Caves – an underground network of...
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Type: Caverns & caves, Bodies of water, Nature & Parks
Owner description: 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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Tonbridge, United Kingdom
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73 reviews 73 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

This was something I'd been looking forward to but had not realised the difficult access for those with mobility problems. I negotiated the two low areas to get into the caves but the nature of the walkways & pain caused by having to stoop so low to get in meant I returned without attempting to get into the boat, joining... More 

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Menai, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW via mobile

This was very different from any other caves system I have visited because of its recent origin and the enormous volume of water flowing through it. The tour is expensive but the experience was unique as were the glow "worms".

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

If you don't mind the cost or being in a large group, my family of 3 really enjoyed it. The cave was partially closed for safety so we sadly did not go in very far. There is an elevated metal walkway with low lights and a small river gushes below you. Be prepared to crouch down in a few places,... More 

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Coventry, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

Te Anau Glowworm Caves. First let me say that the caves are awesome in their own right, the waterfalls are really impressive and the glowworms are very good. Secondly our guide Brittany was very chipper but possibly less informative than usual maybe due to the fact that our party of 12 included 10 non English speaking tourists. I had booked... More 

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

Yes it is a little expensive to get out to these caves. You do get a 25 minute boat ride. Entrance to the cave involves some stooping. There is then a 250 meter walk inside the cave where you have the opportunity of seeing some waterfalls there are no stalactites or stalagmites. The most important part of the trip is... More 

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Watford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit here and would definitely recommend it. We had a short trip on the lake to reach the caves and once we arrived we were split into groups.One group went straight to the caves but we had a short talk first explaining about the glowworms etc. we were then escorted to the cave entrance and then... More 

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Woodvale, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

The real Journeys boat from Te Anau has an inside seating area, and a top deck for those who wish to take in the view of the lake as the boat cruises across it in about 25minutes, slowing down for the views as we get closer to our destination. We had sprayed ourselves liberally with insect repellent, and it was... More 

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minneapolis
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

25 minute boat ride to get to the caves. The explanation of what is going on at the caves is poor. At the end when they offered cookies and coffee, the guy "re explained" it all over again. He was the clearest. But $150 for two people, I would skip it.

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Wokingham
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

This trip leaves from Te Anau with a trip across the lake to the glow worm caves. This takes about 40 minutes and there is a commentary on the passing geographic features. You then disembark and are taken to the 'visitor centre' where you are divided into parties of about 14. Each party walks through the caves with a guide... More 

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newport pagnell
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Well worth the visit but not for the feint hearted as a bit scary on the boat. Trip could have been longer to make it more worth the money but all round enjoyment was fun.

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