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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  • Took a cruise across Lake Te Anau to the Glowworm Caves. With its twisted limestone passages with whirlpools and underground waterfalls. We took a boat ride deep beneath the Fiordland Peaks inside the...  more »
  • We felt Waitomo on the North Island was out of the way, so we decided to experience the glowworms in Te Anau (we were already there for Milford Sound). There is a lot of filler in this experience, but...  more »
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