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Te Anau Glowworm Caves

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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...more
Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
| Lakefront Drive, Te Anau, Fiordland National Park, New Zealand
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Went with group of 12 friends. Perfect boat ride to and from cave (25 min) then good presentation of what we would see and how the worms survive. Very interesting. All of us are fairly able-bodied seniors. We all did fine. And truly enjoyed ourselves....More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Pam B
Reviewed 2 days ago

We had a lovely boatstrip on Lake Te Anau and been fascinated by the caves. We got a good information about glowworms and had a spectacular trip into the caves. The caves are sometimes very small otherwise is great to see the waterfalls inside and...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Carola S
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I was skeptical before, but then I read reviews from TripAdvisor and bought the tickets last minute. I can say that I don’t regret going. The tour was professionally arranged, we crossed the lake for about half an hour, did some walking to enter the...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank asrirachmawati
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The Glowworm caves are a truly unique and beautiful nature experience. You’ll learn about the life cycle of these creatures and see them as visitors to their world. A must-do if visiting Fjordlands National Park.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank MarkF-CT
Reviewed 2 days ago

We weren't sure what to expect as hadn't done a Glow Worm tour before but loved it. So unusual and very interesting. I would just say though if you suffer from claustrophobia then perhaps this is not for you as when you are in the...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank JackoEastSussex
Reviewed 2 days ago

We (2 retirees, both age 64) took the dusk tour at the last minute. We were pleasantly surprised with the entire experience, and would do it again in a heartbeat. The narrated cataraman trip across the lake was informative and easily understood. The introductory talk,...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank lylelaurie
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Boat ride was nice. Our guide for the cave and nature walk was thumbs up, Savannah did an excellent job explaining the life of a glow worm and how they functioned. I gave this a 4 because it just didn’t live up to all the...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank GTHockey13
Reviewed 3 days ago

I'm going to write about both the Te Anau glow worms and the Waitomo glow worms. I wasn't sure which was better and in the end did both. I am pretty into glow worms. Might be overkill for many people. One thing to know is...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Kate S
Reviewed 3 days ago

One of the most knowledgeable guided visits into a well cared for area. This is a special look into the underworld.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Wendy S
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Unbelievable experience inside the cave! The thunderous roar of the water fall, followed by the eerie silence and complete darkness as your eyes adjust - then they appear, thousands of them!

Date of experience: March 2019
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Response from Carol D | Reviewed this property |
We went to the Te Anau Glow-worm caves-Cruise is included!
28 May 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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19 May 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.