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Te Anau Glowworm Caves

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Te Anau: Glowworm Caves Guided Tour

1. Te Anau: Glowworm Caves Guided Tour

Experience a mysterious underground world of rushing water before drifting in darkness beneath the luminous shimmer of hundreds of glowworms.  Your trip to the Te Anau Glowworm Caves begins with a cruise to the western shores of Lake Te Anau. At the entry to the caves, view the informative displays and learn about this geological wonder before you head underground. On the tour of the caves, your friendly guide will point out the highlights and share their knowledge of the caves and its history. This underground world is astonishingly beautiful. The cave are 12,000 years old which by geological standards is still very young and they are still being carved out by the force of the river that flows through them. The result is a twisting network of limestone passages filled with sculpted rock, whirlpools and a roaring underground waterfall. Deep inside the caves, beyond the roar of the water, you will be taken by small boat into a silent hidden grotto inhabited by thousands of glowworms, unique to New Zealand. In the subterranean darkness, they produce a glittering display that is nothing short of extraordinary.

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What people are saying about Te Anau Glowworm Caves

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 171 reviews

Excellent experience. Very professional and extremely friendly guided tour. The cave is just amazing and the glowworms in pitch black was too good. To end the tour with Tea/Coffee was a bonus in that cold weather. The boat ride was extremely comfortable and enjoyable.

A stunning trip through a beautiful part of the country, a must-see for anyone traveling through this area. A great trip across one of New Zealand's biggest lakes then a small bush walk into the caves. Great guides and an awesome experience.

Very beautiful trip over lake Te Anau to the glow worm caves. Lovely to see many hungry glow worms shining like tiny blue stars! Well worth visiting

The whole day was run well. The guides were great. Easy to talk to and knew the facts. It was Epic!!

It is a 30mins boat ride to the glowworm. The guide was friendly and knowledgable.