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Fiordland Inside & Out Day Tour

What's included:

  • Te Anau Glowworm Cave visit
  • Lake Gunn scenic guided walk
  • Milford Sound Scenic Cruise
  • Small coach transport
  • Nature guide
  • Cruise and coach connections

Extra Information

  • The tour is suitable for adults and children only.  Not suitable for infants.

Departure Location

Tours depart from the Real Journeys Visitor Centre, 85 Lakefront Drive, Te Anau.

Getting to Te Anau

  • Self drive - Te Anau is about a 2.5 hour drive from Queenstown and around 5 hours from Dunedin.
  • For more information refer to our driving times page
Entering the Te Anau Glowworm Caves

Entering the Te Anau Glowworm Caves

What to bring

  • Flat shoes/boots for walking (non-slip) 
  • Warm clothing (several layers)
  • Waterproof jacket 
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses 
  • Camera/phone
  • Refillable water bottle
  • Snacks and a packed lunch

Note: Photography and video filming are NOT permitted inside the cave. Some bending is required at the caves entrance and steps are involved.

About Te Anau Glowworm Caves

Te Anau Glowworm Caves

Te Anau Glowworm Caves, Lake Te Anau

The Te Anau Glowworm Caves (part of the Aurora cave system) were discovered on the western shores of Lake Te Anau by Lawson Burrows in 1948. 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, there is a silent hidden grotto inhabited by hundreds of glowworms which in the subterranean darkness produce a glittering display.

The Maori name 'Te Ana-au' translates as 'the swirling cave'.

About Lake Gunn

Lake Gunn, Fiordland National Park

Lake Gunn is situated within Fiordland National Park, off the Milford Road in the Eglinton Valley, around 70km from Te Anau. This lake was discovered back in 1861 by George Gunn and David McKellar, two Southland runholders. The west branch of the Eglinton River runs through Lake Gunn and on the western shore is Melita Peak which rises to 1680m. 

There is extensive red beech forest, moss covered trees and pebble beaches at the lake edge. There is almost every shade of green amongst the living trees, and flora on the forest floor. Birds such as tomtits, kakariki, riflemen and robins frequent the valley.

About Milford Sound

View from the foreshore at Milford Sound

Milford Sound, Fiordland National Park

Milford Sound is the most well-known and most accessible of all the fiords in New Zealand’s Fiordland National Park, a World Heritage Area. Its 16 kilometre (14 nautical miles) length is lined by sheer rock faces that soar 1,200 metres (3,900 ft) or more from the water. At 1692 metres, the iconic Mitre Peak is a spectacular sight and New Zealand’s most photographed mountain.

Milford Sound is in the heart of a rainforest (annual rainfall is 6,813mm or 268 inches) which creates walls of temporary waterfalls on a wet day receding to just two permanent waterfalls (Lady Bowen Falls and Stirling Falls) in drier conditions.

Glorious on a fine day, Milford Sound’s ethereal, moody beauty in the rain is equally spectacular.


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