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.

Glittering glowworm display inside the Te Anau glowworm caves


Te Anau Glowworm Caves

Your trip to the Te Anau Glowworm Caves begins with a cruise to the western shores of Lake Te Anau.


Tour Type:



Te Anau to Te Anau




Allow 2.5 hours

Tour Code:



Regions Visited

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Te Anau


Tour Inclusions

  • Includes return cruise across Lake Te Anau
  • Optional short guided forest experience to learn about the unique flora of the region
  • Trip can be done during the day or night
  • Small group size (maximum 14 per guide)






1 October 2019 - 30 September 2020

$103 NZD $30 NZD Enquire

1 October 2020 - 30 September 2021

$106 NZD $30 NZD Enquire

Prices are per person and in New Zealand Dollars.

Departure:  Tours depart at 10.15am, 2.00pm & 7.00pm daily. Additional departures maybe available during peak season, please ask.

Children: Child age is 5 - 14 years.

Additional notes:

  • Some bending is required at caves entrance and steps are involved


Your trip to the Te Anau Glowworm Caves begins with a cruise to the western shores of Lake Te Anau.

At the entry to the caves at Cavern House, view the informative displays and learn about this geological wonder before you join your guide underground. On the tour of the caves, friendly guides will point out the highlights and share their knowledge of the caves and its history.

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.