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. Make Te Anau Glowworm Caves a part of your Te Anau vacation plans using our Te Anau tour itinerary builder website.
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  • Great little boat ride over to the island - good commentary to tell us about what we were looking at! On the island the tour was a little lack lustre... our guide spoke to us once to show us a...  more »
  • Nature isn't my priority when on holiday but was impressed with this trip. Had a good short cruise to get to the cave and then a good guide took us through the cave with a short boat trip to see the.....  more »
  • Nice and comfy boat ride with interesting facts en route to the glow worm caves. Cool setup once you arrive with well lit and designed walkways. We had a great time.  more »
  • I give this 5 stars because the whole experience is really well done. The boat ride was smooth and informative, the guide we had for our cave tour was confident and friendly. The boat ride is about 30 minutes one way and the glow worm cave tour is about 30 minutes total. A few tips if you're bringing toddlers like we did (a 22 month old and a 3.5 year old): -you may have to carry your little ones for certain parts of the caves such as when you're ducking down where the cave ceiling is low, or when you're going up stairs near the waterfall inside the cave. Our kids were nervous so we carried them the whole time. -if your child gets upset, thankfully the waterfall is so loud throughout the tour that no one else on the tour will hear it. The only time your children will have to be quiet is in the boat when you are looking at the glow worms because you can't hear the waterfall well at that point. -the cave is well lit except for the part when you're in the boat. Then it becomes pitch black and quiet. My 3.5 year old daughter became very scared of the dark but I was able to calm her by holding her. You can decide how your toddlers would do! There is free hot chocolate, tea and coffee after while you listen to a video presentation about the glow worms so our kids enjoyed the hot chocolate.
  • If I could give it more stars I would. Breathtaking formations in the caves. Well laid out paths. Great guides. The glow worms in the boat is something else. Sitting in silence in pitch black with only the glow of the worms is something we will never forget.
  • Epic! The glow worms are incredible and the guides are great at talking you through what you’re actually seeing. The boat ride there is good fun and gives you a great view of the lake. The boat ride inside the caves is bizarrely disorientating but even more fun because of it. The quiet, the dark and the gentle movement makes for an eerie trip. Note: wear insect repellent!
  • Very cool trip. Well worth doing and well worth the money. Very kid friendly and enjoyable. Staff and guides from real journeys are well rehearsed and professional. The caves themselves are beautiful and just fascinating. Put it on your bucket list if you haven't done it.
  • Amazing! The boat trip was great and the "host" had great energy, the caves were amazing and the boat within the cave to see the glow worms was breathtaking. It was a bit pricey, but well worth it for a one off trip. Presentation at the end was also great!!

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