Te Anau Glowworm Caves, Te Anau

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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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  • Great commentary from all three guides involved. Channelled it to include young children on the tour. Very helpful to those less steady on their feet  more »
  • This is only a young cave so nothing like Waitomo or other large caves but it it is still worth doing. The trip across the lake was nice and the guide was really informative in the caves just a shame....  more »

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