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Te Anau Glowworm Caves

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Visit the Te Anau Glowworm Caves - an underground network of limestone caves lit by hundreds of glowworms. In the darkness they produce a glittering display. Carved out by the force of the river, the underground world is surprisingly beautiful with...more
Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
| Lakefront Drive, Te Anau, Fiordland National Park, New Zealand
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Reviewed yesterday

We had a lovely day for our trip across the lake and everything was clear and blue, both the water and the sky with snow capped mountains all around. The facilities at the Cave were good. There was tea and coffee available. We had a...More

Thank Alys847
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We took a boat ride over from Te Anau on a gorgeous sunlit day. The mountains in the distance were stunning and the commentary was great! We sat on the top deck and although we were slightly annoyed by the frantic level of selfy taking...More

Thank Tessa K
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Great to see. Good boat ride as well. We went with Real Journeys. Not bad people to deal with, they were very helpful.

Thank Robert S
Reviewed 6 days ago

The whole experience was way better than we expected. The glow worms were really cool but the thing we liked best was the cave experience. I have been in a lot of caves but never one like this. There was a river running thru the...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Not a great rating... but still an amazing experience. The setup is great, the staff were amazing and the tour it self was well done. Negatives you can’t hear the guide due to the water (maybe some type of headset option should be available, possibly...More

Thank Daniel B
Reviewed 1 week ago

Great trip good staff caves were amazing. Get the coffee right and you would have got 5 stars. Also the skipper could smarten up his act a bit.

Thank richierich622016
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Only a short boat ride across the sound the experience is one not to miss. Make sure you’re able to crouch through tight spaces and ok getting a little wet

Thank Tcbuckeye83
Reviewed 1 week ago

The glow worms was very touristy and frankly I wondered if all those little glow/lights were real! I enjoyed learning about them and liked walking and riding through the dark cave. But I probably wouldn't go if I knew! Good for kids if they can...More

Thank Carol D
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The boat ride is nice, we went at 7pm and they gave us a commentary about the area which was interesting. The caves themselves have roaring water and it's very beautiful inside. We enjoyed being plunged into darkness on the boat and the surreal feeling...More

Thank ShellMoana
Reviewed 1 week ago

A fun tour that's very well organised. Real Journey's Glow Worm tour in Te Anau is worth doing, especially if you have kids. The highlight of the tour is obviously the time in the cave and seeing the glow worms (total time in the cave...More

Thank SydneyOz_Gal
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22 October 2018|
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Response from Robert E | Reviewed this property |
I'm not sure what you mean by the ship docks. If you mean Milford Sound, you have to take a bus to the town of Te Anau, about 2 hours away. Then you go to the lakefront and buy your tickets at the tourist office. The... More
28 May 2018|
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Response from WO2SSM | Reviewed this property |
I would look to go during the day, as the boat ride over has fantastic views and should you miss the boat you will not automatically get on the next boat.
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19 May 2018|
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Response from Obanini1 | Reviewed this property |
Not recommend if I was claustrophobic as there are low ceilings and dark periods with no exits to escape.