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Te Anau Glow Worm Caves Tour

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    What to Expect
    Meet your informative guide at the tour office to begin your 2 hour and 15 minute tour of the Te Anau glowworm caves. Start with a scenic cruise across Lake Te Anau before continuing underground to the cave system, located on the lake’s western shore.

    Upon arrival at the Cavern House, listen an interesting talk about the life cycle of the glowworm as well as the history of the caves. Your guide leads you on an exploration of the caves by footpath and small punt along the rushing underground river.

    Observe water-sculpted rock formations and drift into the glowworm grotto to marvel at the mysterious sight of thousands of tiny glowworms. Learn what feats of nature create the incandescence in the silent darkness. 

    Afterward, you’re returned by boat across the lake to Te Anau.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    85 Lakefront Dr, Te Anau 9600, New Zealand
    2h 15m
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    • Lake cruise on Lake Te Anau
    • Complimentary Tea & Coffee
    • Entry/Admission - Te Anau Glowworm Caves
    • Food and drinks, unless specified
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Minimum age is 5 years
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • Near public transportation
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    All reviews total darkness boat ride real journeys exceeded expectations life cycle nice boat rainy day lots of fun new zealand south island doubtful sound punt waitomo pitch twinkling galaxy lake
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    Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

    Whilst I doubted somewhat the value for money of this tour. I recommend that you will not be disappointed by the nature of the experience. The natural setting is amazing. The caving experience I would have liked to be longer. If you are claustrophobic maybe...More

    Thank Moodstar
    Reviewed 1 week ago

    We thoroughly enjoyed the ferry trip, learning about the glow worms and then entering the amazing caves. We got to see Mother Nature at her finest. The strength of the water and seeing so many glow worms. The tour giudes were very imformative. Thank you

    Date of experience: October 2019
    Thank Nicola N
    Reviewed 1 week ago

    I did not know what to expect, when I agreed to participate in this tour, but I was so glad I did. The boat ride to the cave was interesting and very informative. Upon arrival, you are further informed abt the glow worms. The total...More

    Date of experience: October 2019
    Thank 32,807
    Reviewed 1 week ago

    We did this tour on a rainy day, but that doesn’t effect the glow worm experience in any way. The boat ride is a comfortable 25 minute journey to the drop off point,. The rain did hinder the views of the Fiordlands though. From the...More

    Date of experience: October 2019
    Thank 5464LisaB
    Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

    Very good, and much much better cave boat ride/ effect than waitomo caves. System much younger so no surprises re smooth caves. Boat ride to caves made the trip a real event. If unable to expand cave systems then should have perhaps a short bush...More

    Date of experience: October 2019
    Thank Muzzac10
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    3 September 2019|
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    Response from Dohna M | Reviewed this property |
    Hi We stayed at TeAnau But I believe there are tour buses that come from Queenstown so can do the caves and Milfod sound
    Cammie L
    20 August 2019|
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    Response from Dohna M | Reviewed this property |
    No crawling though , and the bending is more like bending your knees down to go under but the boat is low to get into
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