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Te Anau Glowworm Caves & Launch Excursion

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.

Your trip to the Te Anau Glowworm Caves begins with a cruise to the western shores of Lake Te Anau on a purpose-built scenic cruise vessel.

At the entry to the caves at Cavern House, view the informative displays and learn about this geological wonder before you join your your friendly guide underground.

This underground world is astonishingly beautiful. By geological standards the caves are very young (12,000 years) and are still being carved out by the force of the river that flows through them. The result is a twisting network of limestone passages filled with sculpted rock, whirlpools and a roaring underground waterfall.

Deep inside the caves, beyond the roar of the water, you will be taken by small boat into a silent hidden grotto inhabited by thousands of glowworms, unique to New Zealand. In the subterranean darkness, they produce a glittering display that is nothing short of extraordinary.

Throughout the tour, your friendly guide will point out the highlights and share their knowledge of the caves and its history.

Experience Includes

  • Cruise across Lake Te Anau
  • Guided tour of the stunning Glowworm Caves
  • Informative guide providing commentary throughout the tour
  • Complimentary tea and coffee available at Cavern House

Experience Excludes

  • Optional gratuities
  • Refreshments
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off

Departs

Daily, year round.

Departure location

Real Journeys Visitor Centre in Te Anau.

Start times

2.00pm & 7.00pm.

Duration

2 hours 15 minutes.

Terms & Conditions

  • Please follow the instructions on your voucher.
  • The precise itinerary is subject to change depending on local conditions etc.
  • Photography and video cameras are not permitted in the Glowworm Caves because flash lights affect the glowworms and visitor acclimatisation to the dark.
  • A reasonable level of agility is necessary (some bending is required due to low caves entrance, and steps are involved). Suitable for all ages but not recommended for infants.