Te Anau Glowworm Caves Tour

By Real Journeys
4.6 out of 5
Free cancellation available
Price is AU$92 per adult
per adult
  • Chance for up-close experience with enchanting glowworms
  • Ecological expert provides fascinating information
  • Waterfall, pools & rushing rivers inside the Te Anau cave
  • Scenic cruise across the calm waters of Lake Te Anau
  • Unobstructed views from the comfort of a modern catamaran

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Te Anau Glowworm Caves Tour
  • Activity duration is 2 hours and 15 minutes2h 15m2h 15m
  • English

Live Commentary in English.

Language options: English
Starting time: 2:00 PM
Price details
AU$92.42 x 1 AdultAU$92.42

Price is AU$92.42
Until Tue, 28 Mar

What's included, what's not

  • What's includedWhat's includedGuided tour of Te Anau Glowworm Caves
  • What's includedWhat's includedCruise
  • What's includedWhat's includedTea or coffee
  • What's includedWhat's includedLive tour commentary provided in English
  • What's excludedWhat's excludedHotel pickup and drop-off

Know before you book

  • Children 14 and younger must be accompanied by a paying adult.
  • This activity is not recommended for infants
  • This activity is not wheelchair accessible.
  • You must be able to climb and descend stairs.
  • If you have back, neck, joint, or muscular problems, you should carefully consider whether to participate.
  • Check-in is 20 minutes prior to the booked tour start time.

What you can expect

Enjoy a scenic cruise through calm waters before descending into the curious caves to see walls covered in the sparkles of glowworms. Led by an ecological expert, ride on a small boat into a hidden grotto and witness the glittering displays of thousands of these luminous insects.

Begin your experience with a ride across Lake Te Anau aboard a modern catamaran—The Luminosa. With a large outdoor deck, take in views of the beautiful blue waters while your guide shares stories about the natural history and early settlements in the region.

Arrive at the Cavern House and make your way to Te Anau Glowworm Caves. Along the way, your guide will lead you through a detailed description of the cave and its various inhabitants. Wander through a twisting network of limestone passages filled with whirlpools and waterfalls—the perfect habitat for the alluring glowworm.

Continue deep underground, hop into a nimble vessel, and drift silently along a narrow river to a shimmering grotto. The intricate incandescence of countless illuminated creatures promises you an unforgettable and magical sight. Afterwards, retrace your steps out of the cave and return to Te Anau by catamaran.

Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures
  • High-touch surfaces cleaned and disinfected
  • Vehicles and venues kept vacant between travellers
Social distancing
  • Contactless ticket redemption
Safety measures
  • Hand sanitiser provided
This information is provided by our partners


Activity location

    • 85 Lakefront Drive
    • 9600, Te Anau, Southland, New Zealand

Meeting/Redemption Point

  • PEOPLEPEOPLERealNZ Visitor Center
    • 85 Lakefront Drive
    • 9600, Te Anau, Southland, New Zealand

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4.6 out of 5

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5 out of 5

Lisa H

Reviewed on Expedia
Mar 03, 2023
United States
Overall great experience. The boat ride across Te Anau lake was nice; there was a brief stop to take pictures of the fiord inlet/arm before continuing on to the cave system. Journey into the cave and getting on the punt was a fun experience. The glowworms were mesmerizing. Do note that it is pitch dark on the punt ride and there is some ducking in two spots for folks that are claustrophobic.
Activity date: Mar 02, 2023

5 out of 5

Carol F

Reviewed on Expedia
Jul 13, 2022
United States
Very well done tour. Highly recommend to any traveling in this area.
Activity date: Jul 12, 2022

4 out of 5

Audrey D

Reviewed on Expedia
Jan 13, 2022
New Zealand
Great day trip for the family, tour guide was awesome both boat rides were enjoyable
Activity date: Jan 12, 2022

5 out of 5

Shandhika C

Reviewed on Expedia
May 30, 2021
South Island is such a hidden gem. This tour is definitely worth doing
Activity date: May 29, 2021

5 out of 5

Michelle G

Reviewed on Expedia
Mar 06, 2020
This experience was remarkable. The boat ride across the lake was beautiful, even including some history about the area. We then got some information about the glow worms before entering the cave. Once inside, it was truly incredible, especially when all of the lights were turned off. Seeing the giant clusters of glow worms was such a sight! I highly recommend to anyone staying in Te Anau.
Activity date: Mar 05, 2020

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