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Te Anau Glowworm Caves Tours

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Duration: 2½ hours
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Marvel at the natural wonders of Te Anau in New Zealand. The name Te Anau Caves means 'caves of rushing waters'. It is a place of waterfalls, rapids and whirlpools. These spectacular limestone caverns are famous for seeing glow worms. Explore this mysterious underground world of rushing water before drifting in silent darkness beneath the luminous shimmer of thousands of glowworms.

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This is a good tour to do at night in Te Anau. The boat ride to the caves offers a fantastic view of the lake....

Daniel Fung Australia
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Booking through isango was a breeze. The whole process booking through to the tour was seamless and very professional. The caves tour was excellent and was catered towards all...

Sameep Kale Australia
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The tour to the Glowworm Caves departs from Real Journeys Visitors Centre, Lakefront, Te Anau. Please make your own arrangements to reach this place.

Cruise across beautiful Lake Te Anau on board the new luxury catamaran Luminosa to Cavern House located on the western shores. During the cruise enjoy the large outdoor viewing deck or relax inside the spacious cabin. Your crew will share stories about the natural history and early pioneers to the region.

On arrival join your nature guide for your Te Anau Glowworm Caves experience both above and below ground. Highlights include the spectacular Tunnel Burn Stream that flows the caves system. Observe water at work sculpturing the limestone and learn about this young and dynamic cave system. Deep underground groups are transferred into small boats to drift silently along the river below a magical display of the New Zealand Glowworm.

Above ground your guide will explain in detail aspects of the cave and its various inhabitants in our well-appointed visitor and interpretation centre.

Return by catamaran to Te Anau.

Please note
Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour for reconfirming the departure details.
Photography and video filming are not permitted inside the caves
A reasonable level of agility is necessary (some bending is required due to low caves entrance and steps are involved)

Voucher information: You must print and surrender a paper version of your booking voucher for this activity (showing your voucher on a smartphone is not accepted). No refund can be given for customers without a printed copy of their voucher.

  • Cruise across Lake Te Anau to Cavern House
  • Multimedia presentation plus interpretation displays
  • Guided tour of the Glowworm Caves
  • Complimentary tea/coffee
What happens after I book?
  • A booking voucher will be sent to you by email
  • Print all pages of the voucher
  • Present the voucher at the tour start point or attraction entrance
Activity schedule
When does it run?
2½ hours
Start time
Year round: 1400h (02:00pm) and 1900h (07:00pm)
01 Oct - 15 Apr: 1615h (08:15pm)
01 Nov - 30 Apr: 1745h (05:45pm)
Meeting point
The tour starts from Real Journeys Visitors Centre, Lakefront Drive, Te Anau.
Ending point
The tour ends at the starting point
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Additional information
The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have.
Dos & Don'ts
Wear comfortable and sturdy walking shoes/boots
Bring Waterproof jacket, woolen seater/fleece jacket, Sunscreen and sunglasses, Insect repellent

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No cancellation fees

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We will never charge you any administrative fees for cancellations. For most tours and activities, there is no penalty for bookings cancelled a week in advance.

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