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Te Anau Glowworm Caves

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| Lakefront Drive, Te Anau, Fiordland National Park, New Zealand
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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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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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| Lakefront Drive, Te Anau, Fiordland National Park, New Zealand
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Reviewed 3 days ago

We went with Real Journeys on this wonderful trip today. We were so impressed by the crew, Thomas, Kendra and Amanda who kept us safe and well informed, Thomas you are a legend mate with such a passion. The respect shown around the grounds was...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

This seems expensive but it is worth every dollar. The cave was breathtaking and had so many more glow worms than I expected. The guides were extremely knowledgable and very friendly. Loved the free tea and coffee! In the interest of eco-friendliness I was disappointed...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

In my opinion, skip the glow worm tour if you are with kids. We did this tour with Real Journeys as 'something to do while in Te Anau', and although the guides and service were great, the glow worms were a bit lame, and the...More

2  Thank ajanduc
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A very special place the warms blue lights are unreal! The following pictures are showing the entarance to the caves from the boat, and the second one one of the waterfalls inside the cave!

Thank kelevkik
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My partner and I were on the hunt for something to do, the weather wasnt really fantastic for much but decided to check this out. It most definitely did not disappoint! This was a fantastic experience!! We haven't done anything like this before so was...More

Thank 576mareer
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Having never seen Glow worms before I was really looking forward to this trip. The boat ride over was scenic and the crew were informative along the way. At the caves we were divided into groups and either stayed for a guide instructed video about...More

Thank Esther B
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great trip with the kids! They loved seeing the glowworms and going inside the cave. The staff are all very friendly and knowledgeable!

Thank kiwigirltraveller43
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

One of those must visit places! Friendly and knowledgeable tour guides, nice boat ride to the caves and complimentary tea and coffee after the tour. Glow worms were so pretty and relaxing to look at. No photos allowed of the glow worms otherwise it spoils...More

Thank Carissa L
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Well it is one of the must see places at Te Anau. You have to take a Lake Cruise to cross the lake to the venue. There are experienced guides to explain every thing about the habitat of the Glow Worms and they will guide...More

Thank SojanIpe
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Reviewed July 7, 2018 via mobile

We had planned to go to Waitomo caves before we flew to the South Island but the kids were sick so we missed out. I promised my eldest we could see the glow worms so when we arrived in Te Anau we went to the...More

1  Thank Ro-shell-1982
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Geoffrey_Chapman
May 28, 2018|
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Response from WO2SSM | Reviewed this property |
I would look to go during the day, as the boat ride over has fantastic views and should you miss the boat you will not automatically get on the next boat.
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Lauren S
May 19, 2018|
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Response from Obanini1 | Reviewed this property |
Not recommend if I was claustrophobic as there are low ceilings and dark periods with no exits to escape.
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TinaSueWP
March 4, 2018|
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Response from Philsadvice | Reviewed this property |
Check out realjourneys they run the trips to the caves. Roads and weather in Fiordland is variable, we got caught with a large snow fall a few years ago in the area in early June, but if you can handle the cold and have... More
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