Te Anau Glowworm Caves, Te Anau

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Step into a boat and glide into the magical world of Te Anau Glowworm Caves, a system of 12,000-year-old limestone caves carved into intricate curving shapes by the river running through them. The caves, also explorable on foot, are home to glowworms, bioluminescent fly larvae that fill the cave with a soft light. As the caves are fragile, certain areas are restricted from visitors. You will need to register online for one of a few daily tours by boat and foot, which are run in small groups of around 12 people. With our world travel planner, Te Anau attractions like Te Anau Glowworm Caves can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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Where to stay in Te Anau

Despite its modest size, Te Anau offers a decent range of accommodations from which to explore the surrounding national park. Boutique hotels, economy motels with kitchenettes, and rental apartments cluster mostly in the town center, but also along the main roads that lead into it. Campsites offer a good option for those wanting a full-on outdoor holiday. Reserve in advance for busier periods.
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  • Enjoyed the boat ride over to the glow room caves. Easy pathways to walk. Some good waterfalls and a nice cave boat drift where you can really see the lights. Excellent explanation and video followed ...  more »
  • The good things first, the staff was friendly and gave a lot of interesting informations, the Trip with the ship on lake Te Anau was beautiful, the facilities are clean.... The rest wasn't worth the m...  more »
  • A little pricey but hey you don't see glowworms everywhere you go. Nice cruise over the lake and then a good walk in the cave and a short ride in a boat which is manually moved by the guide herself. T...  more »