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Te Anau Glowworm Caves

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Address: | Lakefront Drive, Te Anau, Fiordland National Park, New Zealand
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2:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 2:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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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 a small boat into the grotto. Departs Te Anau.

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Lovely but crowded

The glow worms are really spectacular when the lights are all turned off; the boat ride in the dark is the best part of the tour. The only real downside is the huge number of... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Emma J
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The glow worms are really spectacular when the lights are all turned off; the boat ride in the dark is the best part of the tour. The only real downside is the huge number of people present; the tour would have been even more majestic in silence. Also, the guides didn't seem terribly knowledgable about geology, so perhaps not the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Once in a lifetime experience of visiting a glowworm cave...the trip to the cave is also great across the vast expanse of Lake Te Anau...exhilarating experience to be inside the cave in almost complete darkness

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Wollongong, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

we visited the glowworm caves while staying in te anau and it was beautiful! The journey over lake was really lovely and the journey through the caves was amazing, rushing rivers, underground waterfalls and the small journey on the boat into the grotto was soo beautiful!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you have some hours in Te Anau and have no idea what to do, go and explore the glowworm caves. At the start I thought was a bit expensive but it really worthy the money. The crew is nice and friendly, explains everything and answers to every question you have. I went on a rainy and cold day, the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It cost us $79 each and before we left we thought it was pretty expensive. But it was definitely worth it. Awesome trip across the lake to get to the cave and the cave and glow worms themselves were fascinating. Would recommend this to anyone visiting Te Anau!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Absolutely loved it! Beautiful cruise across the lake and awesome experience in the caves. If you like this sort of thing it is definitely a thing to do in Te Anau. Friendly and knowledgeable guides. A bit pricey but we thought it was worth it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is worth every penny you pay. It starts and ends with a 30 min. cruise up Lake TeAnau, which was lovely. The glow worms were great but the true star here is the cave you walk through to get to them. There is a river raging through the cave above and below you as you duck below low hanging... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited this site on our honeymoon. During the planning stage of our trip my wife said there were only two 'must do' items, the first of which was the glow worms. (The second was wine tours... check!) We drove the two hours from Queenstown and arrived about an hour before the 2 pm tour. Sadly, it was full. I... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If you have kids and want them to learn about geology, the Ice Age, and have an absolute blast you can go past this attraction!! Our only regret is we did the 7pm cruise and missed out on seeing the natural beauty from the lake whilst we were in the boat cruise and also the rainforest when you arrive as... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Good - Nice and comfy boat ride to the cave - Knowlegable guides and friendly stuff - Very interesting cave network - Beautiful caves prefectly cut by nature Not so good - Less then expected "wow" factor of the glow worm - Boat ride too short. Was expecting atleast 30mins Overall - Was ok, good to visit, nothing to be... More 

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