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Te Anau Glowworm Caves Tours

The Te Anau Glowworm Caves are one of New Zealand's most mesmerizing natural wonders, boasting a labyrinth of grottoes, tunnels, dramatic rock formations, and underground waterfalls. Adventure abounds—visitors can cruise across Lake Te Anau, scramble through the caves, and marvel at a glittering canopy of tiny glowworms.

The Basics
Tours of the glowworm caves set out from Te Anau and include a scenic cruise across Lake Te Anau, a visit to the Cavern House, a walk through the caves, and a boat ride along an underground river. For the best value, super-saver tours combine a visit to the Glowworm Caves with a tour of Doubtful Sound or a Milford Sound wildlife cruise.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Only guided tours by boat can enter the caves.
  • Wear comfortable shoes and bring insect repellent and a waterproof jacket.
  • The caves are not wheelchair accessible, and access might be tricky for those with mobility problems.

How to Get There
The Te Anau Glowworm Caves are located on Lake Te Anau in Fiordland National Park, on the southwest coast of New Zealand's South Island. The nearest international airport is in Queenstown, about 170 miles (273 kilometers) northeast of Te Anau, or roughly 2.5 hours by road.

When to Get There
Summer (December through February) is the most popular time to visit, but it can get crowded, so be sure to book in advance. It's possible to visit year-round, although there will be fewer glowworms in winter. 

Where to See Glowworms in New Zealand
The Te Anau Caves aren't the only place in New Zealand to spot these majestic glitterbugs—there's also the famous Waitomo Caves, Waipu Caves, and Kawiti caves on the North Island, as well as Paparoa National Park and Lake Rotoiti on the South Island.

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Te Anau Glow Worm Caves Tour, Te Anau, null
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Te Anau Glow Worm Caves Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 235 Reviews

The fascinating Te Anau caves system on the western shore of Lake Te Anau offers an underground adventure that charms visitors of all ages. This tour takes ...  Read more

Location: Te Anau, New Zealand
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $65.80
Te Anau Super Saver: Milford Sound Nature Cruise plus Te Anau Glowworm Cave Tour, Te Anau, Half-day ... 
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Te Anau Super Saver: Milford Sound Nature Cruise plus Te Anau Glowworm Cave Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 9 Reviews

With this Te Anau Super Saver, you’ll be amazed by the natural wonders of New Zealand. On your first day, cruise Milford Sound and admire the dramatic scenery ...  Read more

Location: Te Anau, New Zealand
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

From USD $158.07
Te Anau Super Saver: Doubtful Sound Cruise plus Te Anau Glowworm Cave Tour, Te Anau, Day Cruises
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Te Anau Super Saver: Doubtful Sound Cruise plus Te Anau Glowworm Cave Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 7 Reviews

Be amazed by the wonders of New Zealand on this two-day Te Anau Super Saver. First, take a wilderness cruise on Doubtful Sound where the natural beauty will ...  Read more

Location: Te Anau, New Zealand
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

From USD $233.07

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