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  • 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

Real Journeys

Te Anau Glowworm Caves Tour

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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.


ON SALE: Kids Go FREE with every paying Adult (Valid for travel on selected dates from 4 July - 11 October)

  • Applicable on selected dates from 4th July - 11th October
  • Promotion is valid per two school-aged children 4 – 18 years travelling with one full fare-paying adult
  • Kids Go Free applicable on each departure
  • Check-in at the Real Journeys Visitor Centre at Te Anau Lakefront
  • Coach connections from Queenstown are not available
  • Extra children are charged at normal child rates

Travel Dates

  • Departs daily at 10.15am and 2pm from 4th July - 19th July
  • Departs Saturday and Sunday only at 10.15am and 2pm from 20th July - 28 August
  • Departs daily at 10.15am and 2pm from 29th August- 11th October


  • 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


  • Experience a mysterious underground world with a guided cave tour past the rushing water of an underground stream before drifting in silent darkness beneath the luminous shimmer of hundreds of glowworms


Ex Te Anau

  • 10.15am -12.30pm
  • 2pm - 4.15pm
  • 3.15pm - 5.30pm (June - August only on selected dates**)
  • 4.30pm - 6.45pm (November - April only)
  • 7pm - 9.15pm

** 2pm tour rescheduled to 3.15pm on 24-28 June, 22-24 July, 29 July-2 August, 5-9 August, 12 August, 15-16 August 2019

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

Departure Location

  • 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 (non-slip)
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Warm clothing (8 - 12ºC cave temperature)
  • Insect repellent
  • Sunscreen/ sunglasses
  • Camera (note: photography and video filming are not permitted inside the cave)

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
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Angela House 2 years ago
Professionally ran cruise, clean amenities. Hosts very knowledgeable. Cruise did not feel rushed at all and was a very enjoyable few hours.
Professionally ran cruise
Angela House 2 years ago

Professionally ran cruise, clean amenities. Hosts very knowledgeable. Cruise did not feel rushed at all and was a very enjoyable few hours.

This was fun - good for families and international tourists maybe that haven’t seen many glowworms
Michelle 3 years ago

This was fun - good for families and international tourists maybe that haven’t seen many glowworms. As I am from Northland, NZ, I've done the Waitomo Glowworm Caves so it didn't really compare, but if this is your only chance to see glowworms, then definitely recommend. Its still really cool and the boat trip across the lake to get there adds to the experience!

I definitely recommend this tour if you're staying in Te Anau
Suhadi Sapari 3 years ago

I definitely recommend this tour if you're staying in Te Anau. The tour was more than I expected it to be. The walk in the caves with waterfalls itself is like an Indiana Jones movie set and the glow worms are amazing. Photography isn't allowed inside the caves but it's a sight that can only be seen with your very own eyes.

Booked lake Te Anau cruise & glow worm cave tour through real journey
Eric Depp 3 years ago

Booked lake Te Anau cruise & glow worm cave tour through real journey, very happy with that, the lake Is so beautiful, quite relax experience, also went to glow worm cave, unique experience, real journey staff are friendly and professional, cave are dark perfectly keep nature, I would definitely recommend anyone visit Queenstown to experience such fantansic experience. You can't get it wrong, absolute 5 star trip, wonderful!

Really enjoyed this tour
Robyn 4 years ago

Really enjoyed this tour, an amazing experience!

Good tour with very spectacular glowworm
Daniel 5 years ago

Good tour with very spectacular glowworm, just like what the guide said, it looks like starring into the night sky in the cave. Only down side is the price is a bit steep. But still would recommend it.

The glow worm caves were magical
Chantelle 5 years ago

The glow worm caves were magical, you really feel like you step into another world as you travel through the cave. A great activity to do in Te Anau.

This was a spectacular tour
Ayla Bowers 6 years ago

This was a spectacular tour, we even drove to Te Anau from Queenstown which was an amazing drive!

Fantastic experience
Jennifer Rimmer 6 years ago

Fantastic experience, staff friendly and helpful. Caves a magical experience. Boat comfortable

A must do on the South Island
Kel Brissy 7 years ago

A must do on the South Island! Thanks Experience Oz!

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