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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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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 4 May 2014

These caves are quite different to the Waitomo glow worm caves. The Waitomo caves are much older and so have many impressive stalactites and stalacmites. The Te Anau caves are younger so the stalactites are only a few cm long and not plentiful. But the...More

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Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 21 May 2006

We went on this Real Journeys trip during our honeymoon in March 2006. We took the evening trip (8:15pm) on our one night in Te Anau. Everyone got on board the boat which took us over to the west side of Lake Te Anua, around...More

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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We were blessed with warm sunshine and clear skies for our Glow worm experience. The high speed cruise across Lake Te Anau provided us with opportunities to view the majestic snow-capped mountains. It was a little difficult to hear some of the commentary whilst we...More

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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We originally booked an 8:15 trip to the Glowworm Caves. After waiting 15 minutes after the scheduled departure time, we were told there were mechanical issues with the boat. We decided to reschedule to the 9:30pm your later the same evening rather than receive a...More

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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

My husband and I were very excited for this tour, but unfortunately it was cancelled due to issues with the boat. What was most frustrating was waking up at 6am and making it to the pickup point/waiting for the bus only then to be told...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The glowworms cave in Te Anau might be a good trip to do but we didn’t have the opportunity to experience it as Real Journeys Agency cancelled twice, the second time we were stocked in the middle of the lake for more than 30min. No...More

Thank 42leilah
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Beautiful visit to see the glow worms , I must say there is a lot of bending down, so if you are elderly take a cane to get back up again, once in the entrance of cave it’s not to bad, you will enjoy. Boat...More

Thank simonemontvilleqld
Reviewed 3 days ago

We decided after arriving at Te Anau after driving from Queenstown to go to the Glow worm caves. We had pre-booked the tour with Viator to ensure we were on that trip- good jog we did as there were lots of people on the boat...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

An interesting trip but NOT worth the exorbitant cost - they know they can charge whatever they want and they do - I wouldn’t pay for this experience knowing what I know now. Save your money.

Thank patbR3030KZ
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

I visited New Zealand for the first time and drove from Queenstown down to Ta Anau to see the glow worms. I had the best time! Although there weren't as many glow worms as I had hoped, the experience was amazing. The Real Journeys staff...More

Thank AutumnDryden
Reviewed 6 days ago

Our journey on the Luminosa Catamaran over Lake Te Anau to the Glow Worm Caves left at 5.45pm and we were given interesting commentary as we travelled. Once we arrived we were divided into groups of 10 and went with our guide into the cave....More

Thank 96bridget
Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited these caves on the trip from Te Anau by boat, wasn't expecting a lot but found them brilliant! Lovely trip across the lake & gloworms were amazing. The caves would not be suitable for those who suffer from claustrophobia or afraid of the dark!...More

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21 October 2018|
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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.
Lauren S
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.