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Te Anau Glowworm Caves

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Address: Te Anau, Fiordland National Park, New Zealand
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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 only way you can visit the glow worm caves is on an organised tour. It is well worth doing and far exceeded my expectations. After a half hour trip across the lake you arrive... read more

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Carmarthenshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The only way you can visit the glow worm caves is on an organised tour. It is well worth doing and far exceeded my expectations. After a half hour trip across the lake you arrive at the caves and learn about glow worms. The caves are spectacular - you walk on walkways across raging torrents of water and see underground... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The boat trip across lake Te Anau to the caves was enjoyable with an informative commentary the over all cost of the trip was a reasonable $79 per adult Upon arrival at the caves information center we were offered free tea and coffee and then given a safety briefing followed by a short movie about the caves and the life... More 

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New York City, New York
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We visited the glow worm cave as a group of seven friends in our early 30s. The tour was very organized. We were just disappointed by the glow worms. The guides were informative. It is marked off our bucket list. However, we wouldn't recommend it for the price. its very expensive... we didn't feel like there were that many glow... More 

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Cwmbran, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The catamaran ride to the caves was lovely across lake Te Anau. Be prepared for low lying rocks to enter the caves. The waterfalls and the boar ride into the caves to see the glow worms was brilliant. It was like looking up at the stars. Worth a visit.

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Thank Alison B
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

It was a great boat trip to the caves. The guides are very informative and a worth visiting. Would warn that the mossies or sandflies there are very hungry so go prepared.

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Kent, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

An easy and relative.y short trip if you are staying in Te Anau. The boat trip across the lake is scenic although watch out for the wind as it seems to blow quite hard most days. The caves are a bit disappointing in that the section you can visit is relatively short compare to other cave visits I have made.... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We had booked a tour from Real Journeys. The boat was packed, so when we got there, we were separated in multiple groups as only small groups (<15?) are allowed at the same time. We were the last group to get in there. We watched a video in the small theater, looked at the posters they have in the back,... More 

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cairns
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

brilliant. great boat ride 20 minutes from Te Anau & off to the Glowworm caves. Must do! awesome to see nature at its best.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I found the staff a little rude and not helpful. We were split into large groups and taken into caves. They were very dark and wet but being at the back of the line in our group I could not hear the guide or see where I was walking.i think a maximum number is around 6-7so everyone can see what... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Went there on a Southerly day while waiting for our next hike to take off. The boat ride and tour are well organized and the guides make a believable effort of showing enthusiasm despite the fact that they are doing like a million groups a day. Cannot believe these guys aren't hoarse by mid afternoon! It's nice that they don't... More 

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