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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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Starts with a boat ride across Lake Te Anau with a bit of history etc of the region on the way to the caves. Arriving there we were given a talk on the history of the caves etc... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 26, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

Starts with a boat ride across Lake Te Anau with a bit of history etc of the region on the way to the caves. Arriving there we were given a talk on the history of the caves etc and on the main attraction the Glow Warms. (complimentary Tea and Coffee available here as well as toilets). After this was a... More 

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Devon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

Scenic 20 min cruise across the lake t o the caves. Enough Information & friendly guides. Short walk into the caves and a punt into a watery cave with the glow worm light show. Children seemed to cope well and it ended before boredom set in.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW via mobile

At the beginning, you are a bit scared as a lot of tourists are in the main boat (around 90!) but Real Journeys makes a good job after to organized the visit and the explanations within small groups of 14 people. It was a first time for all of us and very astonishing! My daughter is 5 years-old and it... More 

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Bunbury, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW via mobile

Great boat trip to the caves so don't forget your camera. Not allowed to take photos inside caves but the tour was fantastic. Can purchase photo package for $35 and comes with 4 postcards, calendar and a disk with 110 photos of inside so well worth the price.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015 NEW

For those seeking feedback on taking their young ones along, we took our 3.5yrs and 7 yr old fr this tour and absolutely no issues. the younger ones need to be able to walk small distance and not be scared of dark as it gets pitch dark in the caves when the you board are boats in the caves. very... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015 NEW

First let me say we LOVED our 2 week trip to New Zealand - including all of our other excursions and adventures. But, this one just felt "cheesy and touristy". We booked this since glow worms are unique to New Zealand. But, in hindsight, we wish we would have spent our money and our time elsewhere. The boat you take... More 

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Real_Journeys, Public Relations Manager at Te Anau Glowworm Caves, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. We’re glad you enjoyed the boat ride, and glow worm viewing experience and sorry to hear that you found it too crowded. February is our peak period and the glowworm caves were very popular this summer. However, as you mentioned we only have small groups (of up to 14) with a guide going through the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

What a wonderful trip - loved the ferry across with excellent commentary - great guides and thought the caves were amazing loved the boat in complete darkness a magical experience even banging my head on the very low roofs didn't spoil it definitely recommend. Although as per other reviews don't really think it's for very young children they didn't like... More 

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Derry
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

This was a brilliant magical experience. The rushing river and waterfall inside the cave were amazing in themselves but the glowworm experience on the boat was beyond expectation. My daughter and I count this as a highlight. The only minus was the overly expensive photos taken as we went in. We were not allowed to take our own photos which... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

We drove from Queenstown to Te Anau beside Lake Wakatipu. It is a stunning drive and worth the 2 hours to get there. Te Anau is a lovely town and we took the boat across the lake to the caves. Making our way underground with the river gushing beside us was a lovely experience although in some places the water... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

If the price were 35-40 NZD, I would call it a good excursion. But paying 75 NZD feels like lighting cigars with 10 dollar notes. On top of that, all the time the excursion runs like the production chain in a factory. There is very little insight you can get, except for the short introduction. The cave is nice, of... More 

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Real_Journeys, Public Relations Manager at Te Anau Glowworm Caves, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. We are sorry to hear you were disappointed with your Glowworm Caves experience and that you did not feel you were provided with much insight. There are commentary and information cards on the boat to read during the cruise over; large information panels and a ten minute presentation at Cavern House; as well as the... More 

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