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Te Anau Glowworm Caves

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

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 $99.00
Child $30.00 (5 - 14 years)
Infant $0.00 (0 - 4 years)


  • 85 Lakefront Dr, Te Anau 9600, New Zealand


  • 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.

Available Bookings from September 27 to October 03

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All prices are shown in NZD ($)

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Fri 1 Oct
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Sun 3 Oct

  • Adult$99.00
  • Child$35.00
  • Infant$0.00

  • Adult$99.00
  • Child$35.00
  • Infant$0.00

  • Adult$99.00
  • Child$35.00
  • Infant$0.00

  • Adult$99.00
  • Child$35.00
  • Infant$0.00

Authenticated Reviews & PhotosAll of our reviews are from people who have booked and paid for this activity thru Bookme

Authenticated Reviews & PhotosAll of our reviews are from people who have booked and paid for this activity thru Bookme


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Violet Dunstan from New Zealand wrote on 16 August 2020

Beautiful day

We had a beautiful day to go over on the lake took my son was a great cruise and the staff were amazing an going through the caves was just magical well worth it thank you

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dariam from New Zealand wrote on 12 April 2021


Accessible exceptional natural world experience

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craign from New Zealand wrote on 13 January 2021

Awesome day out !

Wasn't sure whether this was worth the money or time but boy was I wrong. The cruise out to the caves was great with plenty of fresh air and stunning views. Crew on board friendly and knowledgeable and commentary fun. The caves were AMAZING !. A very different experience to Waitomo which feels a bit sterile compared to these caves. 6.7 kms long and we did the first 150 meters!. Nature at its most awesome....GO DO IT !.

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donnaw4 from New Zealand wrote on 05 April 2021


This is a wonderful thing to go and see but very expensive. They said that is belongs To all New Zealand .Why then is it out of reach financial for most.

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Vanessa Martin from New Zealand wrote on 22 September 2020

Caves experience

Really easy to move through the cave as my dad is 86. Information is current and interesting. Guides are very friendly. Boat trip was great with awesome views good commentary and clean. Well done all round.

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    Child* 5 - 14 years

      Infant* 0 - 4 years

        1 Adult + 1 Free Child 1 Adult + 1 Free Child - Valid 10th-25th July

          *This option must be made together with another price type.

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