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Te Anau Glowworm Caves Experience & Cruise

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Experience a cruise across the beautiful Lake Te Anau and step into a a glistening subterranean world at Te Anau Glowworm Caves.


  • 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 our modern catamaran the Luminosa.

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 secluded grotto where hundreds of tiny glowworms perform a dazzling display above you - 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 $98.00
Child $30.00

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
  • Unlimited hot drinks

Bad Weather Refunds

  • If your experience is cancelled by the operator (because of the weather or anything else out of your control) you will be entitled to a full refund.


  • Duration: 2.hrs 15mins

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

    Departs: Real Journeys 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.

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

  • Suitable for all 5 years and over. Child rates apply 5-14 years.Child rates apply for 5 - 14 years and infants 0 - 4 years carried free.

Available Bookings from December 19 to December 25

Change Dates

All prices for this activity are shown in NZD ($)

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Fri 21 Dec
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Tue 25 Dec

3spaces priced from:

  • Adult$88.20
  • Child$30.00

2spaces priced from:

  • Adult$83.30
  • Child$30.00

2spaces priced from:

  • Adult$83.30
  • Child$30.00

1spaces priced from:

  • Adult$83.30
  • Child$30.00


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Philip from New Zealand wrote on 08 November 2018

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The Anau caves

A good experience. Great staff. Can't show any photos as you are not allowed to take photos in the cave.

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Lindsey from New Zealand wrote on 08 November 2018

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Te Anau caves

Good trip. Crew on boat very informative on trip up Lake. Presentation before entering the cave told us a lot about the life of the glow worms. Tour very well done and the work that has been done thru the cave is a credit to all. Well worth doing.

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Catherine Weston from United Kingdom wrote on 27 November 2018

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Lovely little trip to an amazing sight. The boat ride in the dark was a particular highlight. The glow worms are like tiny little stars lighting up the caves. Like the stars, the longer you look the more you see.

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Nel van Spaandonk from Netherlands wrote on 16 November 2018

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Great tour

The boat ride was spectacular. So was the tour in the glow worm caves. If you’re claustrophobic I wouldn’t recommend it but if you don’t mind tight and dark spaces it’s fantastic.

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Gwen from Taiwan wrote on 10 December 2018

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工作人員很專業 地點很美

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