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Te Anau Glowworm Caves
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Te Anau Glow Worm Caves Tour
Ranked #6 of 43 things to do in Te Anau
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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 a small boat into the grotto. Departs Te Anau.
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Penang Island, Malaysia
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8 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Great exploration!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 9, 2014

We are so amazed with the power of nature mama that creates the cave with running waters from the mountain! It's really great to be in dark to see the glows of the glow-worms. Surprisingly, every passenger on the boat are so co-operative by keeping silent to let everyone else enjoy the moments. Everyone seems to be so confident in the guide who led us into the absolute dark cave. Good trip!

Visited May 2014
1 Thank Rachelyeoh
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Rongotea, New Zealand
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4 reviews
“great trip”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 8, 2014

The wild and wet weather added to this trip. It was well organised and managed and as we had not been to any glow worm caves for many years we appreciated the experience, particularly the tranquil moment of sitting in the boats looking up at the glow.

Visited April 2014
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Port Carling, Canada
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64 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Awesome Excursion”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 5, 2014

This excursion was fun! The boat ride to the caves alone, was nice. Getting into the caves was exciting and the history about the caves, its construction and of course, the glow-worms themselves, was very interesting and informative. It is very safe but could be somewhat challenging for individuals with physical limitations as you need to crawl quite low at times to avoid hitting your head in certain areas of the underground caves. We had a better respect of the glow-worm caves and their environment after this excursion. I also would recommend flat shoes. This adventure is great for all age groups. It was damp and cool when we were there and the bugs outside the caves were abundant and annoying....bug spray is available prior to departure at the ticket sales area.

Visited March 2014
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Best excursion”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 5, 2014

Definitely one of he biggest highlight for the trip. The actual journey through the caves was an excitement in itself. The educational session about the glow worms was also very informative. If you only have a day in the area, this is the one you should choose.

Visited June 2014
1 Thank Garden V
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Real_Journeys, Manager at Te Anau Glowworm Caves, responded to this review, July 10, 2014
Garden V, We appreciate you taking the time to write a review and for our 5-star rating. You are right, the trip is informative and exciting - made up of a lake cruise, the journey through the caves and the educational element. Thanks again and glad it was a highlight of your trip.
Kind regards, The Real Journeys Team
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Clacton-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Great visit”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 30, 2014

A really nice trip with a guide through the caves and then on a boat to see the glow worms. Very good and interesting.

Visited February 2014
Thank Steve M
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