Te Anau Glowworm Caves, Te Anau

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. Make Te Anau Glowworm Caves a part of your Te Anau vacation plans using our Te Anau tour itinerary builder website .
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  • The glowworms are magical! At the end of the tour, we got into a boat deep in the cave, and in total darkness, floated a few feet into the grotto to see the glowworms. It was beautiful, but lasted for...  more »
  • We went to the Te Aneau glow worm caves during our visit to NZ and it was almost a magical experience very difficult to describe in words They take you deep inside and It’s totally dark and silent wit...  more »
  • helpful friendly staff, very informative. One of nz's wonderful tourist adventures. Does pay to stand back and let the "other" tourists off the boat first. It is also quite funny to get on the boat fi...  more »
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