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Te Anau Glowworm Caves Tour

Visit New Zealand's Te Anau's famous underground network of glow worm caves on this tour that will take you directly into their heart.


NZs famous glow worm caves
Tour available from Queenstown or Te Anau
2 hr 15 minute experience
Amazing limestone caverns
Luxury catamaran cruise across Lake Te Anau
Small-boat experience to view glowworms

What you need to know

Travel from the town of Te Anau to New Zealand's famous underground network of glow worm caves nearby that is illuminated by the light of thousands of native local glow worms! This glow worms tour will take you into their heart to view this amazing natural display up close. A must-do experience for anyone visiting the Fiordland region, the glow worm caves are located in the lower section of a much larger cave system which extends deep under the nearby Fiordland National Park and consist of a wondrous underground world of flowing water that plays home to thousands of the shimmering glow worms.

The tour begins with a cruise across the smooth waters of Lake Te Anau aboard our purpose-built cruise vessel as we then disembark on the ester shores and take some time to view the informative displays at Cavern House before being accompanied by your friendly, experienced nature guide into the caves in a small group.

More info


  • Tour through the underground network of glowworm caves
  • 15 minute guided walk into the forest to view native flora and fauna
  • Return Scenic Cruise across Lake Te Anau on a luxury catamaran
  • Complimentary tea and coffee
  • Return transfers to and from Queenstown (if this option selected)


  • Refreshments are not included however can be purchased at the Cavern House at the location of the Te Anau Glowworm Caves and also on the cruise vessel

What to Bring

  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Waterproof jacket, warm clothing
  • Insect repellent

Departure Times

Ex Te Anau

  • 10.15am -12.30pm
  • 2pm - 4.15pm
  • 4.30pm - 6.45pm (November - April only)
  • 7pm - 9.15pm

Ex Queenstown

  • 6.55am - 7.30pm

Please note: there is 4-5 hours of free time in Te Anau prior to the caves departure at 2pm


  • Hotel transfers from CBD Te Anau accommodation, please call if you wish to confirm your hotel location is included within the CBD pick up
  • Those outside the CBD please meet at the Glowworm Caves depart from the Real Journeys Visitor Centre, Lakefront Drive, Te Anau

What to Bring

  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Warm clothing
  • Insect repellent

Additional Information

  • Suitable for all ages with exception of infants
  • Child rates apply for 5 - 14 years and infants 0 - 4 years carried free of charge
  • No film / photography permitted inside caves
  • Morning departure times may vary
  • Light refreshments are available for purchase at Cavern House and on the Luminosa.

Booking Information

  • Confirmation in the form of a tour voucher will be received at time of booking
  • Upon completion of purchase, please print the voucher and present on day of the experience
  • For your information, complete Tour Operator Information including contact details is included on your tour voucher
  • Availability was accurate at the time of booking however, is subject to change due to circumstances out of our control. We strongly suggest reconfirming your booking with the tour operator within 24 hours of making your booking and prior to making other travel arrangements
  • Prices are seasonal and are constantly changing. The from price displayed may not always be the price you are going to pay, as once you click on your specified date, the price will change to reflect the price for that date/season. Please note that in some cases where you cannot click on a date to obtain the price, please call us so we can assist you

Te Anau Glowworm Caves Tour

2/74 Shotover St, Queenstown, OTAGO 9300