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Te Anau: Guided Tour Of Glowworm Caves


This underground world is amazingly beautiful. The caves are 12,000 years old, which is still very young by geological standards, and are still being hollowed out by the force of the river that flows through them. The result is a twisting network of limestone passages filled with carved rock, whirlpools and a roaring underground waterfall.
Deep in the caves, behind the roar of the water, a small boat will take you to a quiet hidden cave inhabited by thousands of fireflies, unique in New Zealand. In the underground darkness, they create a glittering display that is nothing special.


Start with a leisurely cruise on Lake Te Anau before passing through the caves on a trail and small boat. Deep in the caves, thousands of glowworms inhabit a quiet hidden cave.

  • Enjoy a return sightseeing cruise of Lake Te Anau.
  • Look at the glow worms in the pitch black darkness.
  • Learn about rock formations in caves.
  • Listen to the roaring water flowing through the caves.
  • Discover the unique flora of the region on an optional short guided forest experience.


  • Guided tour through the caves
  • Beautiful scenic cruise from the meeting point to the caves entry point
  • Various language handouts in English, German, Portuguese, Japanese and Chinese
  • Transport 
  • Food and Drinks

Tour Plan

What To Expect

Your trip to Glowworm Te Anau Caves begins with a cruise to the western shore of Lake Te Anau. Before heading underground, check out the information displays at the cave entrance to learn about this geological wonder. As you tour the caves, your friendly guide will highlight the highlights and share his knowledge of the caves and their history.

Meeting point

Visitor Centre, 85 Lakefront Drive, Te Anau, New Zealand.

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Additional Information
  • Please note that the low cave entrances and stairs require some bending so a reasonable level of dexterity is required.
  • This tour is not suitable for people in wheelchairs or high heels and people with mobility impairments.
  • Children should not take this tour.
  • Light refreshments are available for sale both on the cruise and in the Cavern House.
  • The Cavern House offers complimentary tea and coffee.
  • Cameras are not allowed.
  • You have to bring comfortable shoes, insect repellent, weather appropriate clothing.
  • Live tour guide : English.
Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel up to 24 hours in advance.


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