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Te Anau Glow Worm Caves Tour

Te Anau Glow Worm Caves Tour

Half-day Tour - Te Anau - Starting from $98.00 per person

The fascinating Te Anau caves system on the western shore of Lake Te Anau offers an underground adventure that charms visitors of all ages. This tour takes you to a mysterious underground world of rushing water before drifting in silent darkness beneath the luminous shimmer of thousands of glowworms.

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Te Anau Super Saver: Milford Sound Nature Cruise plus Te Anau Glowworm Cave Tour

Te Anau Super Saver: Milford Sound Nature Cruise plus Te Anau Glowworm Cave Tour

Sightseeing Cruise - Te Anau - Starting from $233.40 per person

With this Te Anau Super Saver, you’ll be amazed by the natural wonders of New Zealand. On your first day, cruise Milford Sound and admire the dramatic scenery and wildlife. The next day, explore the magical wonderland of the Te Anau cave system and see the glowworms twinkling in the darkness. This Super Saver is ideal for nature lovers!

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Te Anau Super Saver: Doubtful Sound Cruise plus Te Anau Glowworm Cave Tour

Te Anau Super Saver: Doubtful Sound Cruise plus Te Anau Glowworm Cave Tour

Sightseeing Cruise - Te Anau - Starting from $343.40 per person

Be amazed by the wonders of New Zealand on this two-day Te Anau Super Saver. First, take a wilderness cruise on Doubtful Sound where the natural beauty will leave you breathless. The following day, explore the fascinating Te Anau cave system and see the twinkling lights of the glowworms in the darkness. Both tours have expert guides who will give you insight into two of New Zealand's best natural attractions.

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Following a scenic cruise across Lake Te Anau, view informative interpretation displays at Cavern House before your guides take you on an exploration of the Caves by path and small punt.
Observe how the rushing water sculpts the rock formations, before gliding through silent darkness to the glowworm grotto. The delicate incandescence of thousands of tiny glowworms is a magical sight.

The Te Anau Caves are relatively young in geological terms, around 12000 years old, and are still being formed by water action. The fractured limestone rock is being steadily eroded and at times the Tunnel Burn flows through with spectacular force.

It is a mysterious underground world of rock formations and fossils, of waterfalls, whirlpools, and a ’cathedral’ with walls towering above.

The excursion is a great way to spend an evening after a day exploring either Milford or Doubtful Sounds.

Light Hunters
New Zealand glow worms are actually the larvae of small flies called fungi gnats that go through a four part life cycle: egg, larvae, pupae and adult fly.

Only the larvae can feed and to assist hunting its prey, produces a brilliant internal glow through oxidation of the chemical luciferen in its digestive system. The light can be turned on and off at will when disturbed by unusual noises, light, humidity and temperature. It also varies intensity depending on the desire for food.

Flying insects are attracted to the collective display of lights in the dark cave that mimic the night sky and are caught up in the sticky silk threads that hang from the glow worm nests. The ’fishing lines’ are hauled in and the captured insects devoured.

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