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RealNZ - Te Anau Glowworm Caves

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Experience a mysterious underground world of rushing water before drifting in silent darkness beneath the luminous shimmer of hundreds of glowworms.

Experience a mysterious underground world of rushing water before drifting in silent darkness beneath the luminous shimmer of hundreds of glowworms.

Highlights

  • Cruise across Lake Te Anau
  • Guided tour of the caves by path, and by small boat in the grotto
  • Complimentary hot drinks

Your magical journey begins in Te Anau with a relaxing cruise to the glowworm caves onboard one of our purpose-built scenic cruise vessels.

Relax on board, enjoy the scenery as we cruise to the western shores of Lake Te Anau. There is no road access to the Te Anau Glowworm Caves.

Upon arrival at the glowworm caves, you'll meet your guide and be able to view the interesting displays in Cavern House and learn about this mysterious underground world.

Venturing underground in small groups, you will soon appreciate that the Te Anau Glowworm Caves date back over 12,000 years and are home to a vast network of twisting limestone passages filled with sculpted rock, whirlpools and a roaring underground waterfall.

Your experienced and friendly guide will share the fascinating history of the cave and point out interesting highlights along the way.

The highlight of the tour is when you transfer to a small boat in a silent secluded grotto inhabited by hundreds of tiny glowworms, unique to New Zealand - a truly extraordinary sight.

There is time for an optional short nature walk in view of the lake edge.

After a dazzling tour you can reflect upon your experience on the return cruise to Te Anau.

Adult $119.00
Child $59.00 (5 - 15 years)
Infant $0.00 (0 - 4 years)

What's included

  • Return cruise across Lake Te Anau
  • Optional short guided forest experience to learn about the unique flora of the region
  • Guided tour of the caves by path and by small boat
  • Complimentary hot drinks

Location

  • 85 Lakefront Dr
  • Te Anau 9600
  • New Zealand

Notes

  • Duration: 2.hrs 15mins

    Please Note: Some bending is required at the caves entrance and steps are involved.

    Departs: RealNZ Visitor Centre, 85 Lakefront Drive, Te Anau.

    Te Anau is a 2.5 hour drive from Queenstown, so ensure you allow sufficient time to travel between the two locations.

    Check In: Please check in a minimum of 30 minutes prior to departure.

    Note: Photography and video filming are NOT permitted inside the cave.

    Please note, bending is required to enter the caves.

  • Suitable for all 5 years and over. Child rates apply 5 -15 years.

Available Bookings from 22 May to 4 Jun 2024

All prices are shown in NZD ($)

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  • Adult$119.00
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  • Adult$119.00
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  • Adult$119.00
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  • Child$59.00
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  • Child$59.00
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  • Adult$119.00
  • Child$59.00
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  • Child$59.00
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  • Adult$119.00
  • Child$59.00
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  • Adult$119.00
  • Child$59.00
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  • Adult$119.00
  • Child$59.00
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  • Adult$119.00
  • Child$59.00
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  • Child$59.00
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Sharon Rogers from New Zealand wrote on 03 January 2023

Awesome experience

Fantastic from beginning to end. The tours guides were lovely funny and knowledgeable. Loved the glow worms. Beautiful

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Luke McArthur from New Zealand wrote on 23 August 2022

Fantastic

What a fabulous day, the view alone on the boat ride was incredible. The information about the glow worms was really interesting, so much I didn’t know. The glow worm experience itself was amazing on the boat and inside the cave. Highly recommended.

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Heidi Brown from New Zealand wrote on 26 July 2022

Magic experience

We loved this tour! The views from the main big boat were spectacular of the fiordlands, the crew were friendly & funny, and the caves were like being in another world. Our guides Hurry & Will were so good - knowledgeable & entertaining. Definitely go on this trip if you have the time! Glow worms are magic :)

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Ting Cheng from New Zealand wrote on 19 October 2023

Worst experience in NZ

It’s very bad experience. The info provided was misleading and my son was refused to get onboard, and the boat left without telling us. We bought 3 tickets and none of us were provided service. So we paid for nothing.

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Bailey Rutter from New Zealand wrote on 18 May 2022

Awesome

Very unique and fun trip! A must do in Te Anau

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