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  • Te Anau Glowworm Caves
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  • Te Anau Glowworm Caves
    Glowworm Caves, Te Anau

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

Your trip to the Te Anau Glowworm Caves begins with a cruise to the western shores of Lake Te Anau on one of our purpose-built scenic cruise vessels.

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, our 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.

  • Duration: 2hrs 15 mins
  • 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)
  • Wonderful family trip, suitable for all ages with the exception of infants
  • Some bending is required at the caves entrance and steps are involved
  • Coach connections available from Queenstown (Oct - Apr) - extra cost

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Leaving from Te Anau

Caves
Duration: 2 hrs 15 mins
Departs: Daily, various departures
Season: All year

From NZD: $98

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  • Trip not suitable for infants
  • Child rates apply for 5 - 14 years and infants 0 - 4 years carried free
  • Some bending is required at caves entrance and steps are involved
  • Departs: Real Journeys Visitor Centre, 85 Lakefront Drive, Te Anau

Leaving from Queenstown

Coach Caves
Duration: 8.5 hrs
Departs: 6.55am
Returns: 3.30pm
Season: Oct - Apr

From NZD: $174

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  • Trip not suitable for infants
  • Child rates apply for 5 - 14 years and infants 0 - 4 years carried free
  • Some bending is required at caves entrance and steps are involved
  • On your return to Te Anau from the caves, please check in at the Real Journeys Te Anau Visitor Centre for your return coach trip back to Queenstown

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  • Why Real Journeys?

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    • Tourism pioneers since 1954
    • Local experts
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  • Did You Know?

    Glowworms don’t like loud noises – so remember shhh! when you are in the grotto.

    The light emitted from the glowworm has been estimated to be equivalent to one thousandth of a millionth of a watt (one nanowatt) in intensity.

  • Did You Know?

    The Te Anau Glowworm caves are approximately 12,000 years old. The Glowworm caves are part of the ‘youngest’ section of the greater Aurora system.

    Due to youth, the caves are considered 'high energy', the risk of flooding and low stalactite and stalagmite growth are a sign of this. 

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