Te Anau Glowworm Caves, Te Anau

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Step into a boat and glide into the magical world of Te Anau Glowworm Caves, a system of 12,000-year-old limestone caves carved into intricate curving shapes by the river running through them. The caves, also explorable on foot, are home to glowworms, bioluminescent fly larvae that fill the cave with a soft light. As the caves are fragile, certain areas are restricted from visitors. You will need to register online for one of a few daily tours by boat and foot, which are run in small groups of around 12 people. With our world travel planner, Te Anau attractions like Te Anau Glowworm Caves can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • August 13, 2017
    The guides are so knowledgeable and funny which made for an excellent tour. The caves were so beautiful and glow worms were fascinating.  more »
  • August 13, 2017
    We booked for the last trip of the night. We were lucky in that there were only about 20 of us on the boat. So that meant that when we got into the caves we only had a partially full boat. I don't lik...  more »
  • August 12, 2017
    We were very excited to see the glowworm caves, but we were a little disappointed in how few glowworms there were (it could've been a bad time?). It was still a cool experience, and I'm glad we went (...  more »

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Despite its modest size, Te Anau offers a decent range of accommodations from which to explore the surrounding national park. Boutique hotels, economy motels with kitchenettes, and rental apartments cluster mostly in the town center, but also along the main roads that lead into it. Campsites offer a good option for those wanting a full-on outdoor holiday. Reserve in advance for busier periods.
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