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.

Te Anau Glowworm Caves

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.
Tour Type: Activity
From: Te Anau to Te Anau
Departs: Daily
Duration: Allow 2.5 hours
Tour Code: DTEU01

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)


Season Adult Child  
1 October 2020 - 30 September 2021 $106 NZD $30 NZD Enquire / Book
Departure: Tours depart at 10.15am, 2.00pm & 7.00pm.

Children: Child age is 5 - 14 years.

Additional notes:
  • Some bending is required at caves entrance and steps are involved
Average Score: 5 (2 ratings)
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Well worth the visit to see the glow worms – the boat ride over the lake was smooth and informative, and the surrounding forest to the cave entrance was amazing! The glow worm cave itself was very dark but the guides were great at leading us through and showing particular highlights of the cave.
Our family enjoyed it!
We loved this tour! A 30 minute boat ride to the glow worm caves and a short walk into the caves before you are loaded onto a small boat to see the glow worms.

Our guide was fantastic and we thoroughly enjoyed this tour. You cannot visit the glow worms without being on a tour. It doesn’t really matter what time you visit because it is always completely dark in the cave. Well worth a visit if staying in Te Anau.