World Reviewer rating

Worth a visit
Rating 0.7 (184 votes)

Te Anau Glowworm Caves

Listed under Show Caves in South Island, New Zealand.

Photo of Te Anau Glowworm Caves
Photo by Dave and Deb
Pin It

I Wish I Was a glowworm

A Glow Worm’s Never Glum

'Cause How Can you be Grumpy

When the Sun Shines out your bum

That was the cute sign that we saw during our glowworm tour with Real Journeys in Te Anau, New Zealand. We wanted to see the glowworm phenomenon while we were traveling New Zealand and Te Anau seemed like the perfect place to do it.

We hopped on our boat for a scenic cruise across the beautiful Lake Te Anau from the downtown waterfront office in Te Anau town. The cruise was a pleasant scenic trip taking in the views of the Fiord Land National Park surrounding us.

After about 20 minutes we were on the opposite side of New Zealand’s second largest lake where we were met by our guide and learned about the glowworms.

Glowworms never leave the cave and they spend their lives in there feeding on insects that make their way into the deep caverns. Their bioluminescent lights attract the bugs where they are trapped in their gooey string to await their slow death. One glowworm hangs hundreds of threads to catch their prey and then makes it’s way down through the tube to feat upon their dinner.

We are split into small groups and we only have 7 people on our tour of the caves.

Read more on The Planet D Blog.

Written by  Dave and Deb.

Comments, reviews and questions by other travellers

There are no posts. Why not be the first to have your say?

Post a comment, review or question

I want to
Question
My comment - optional
Rating - how would you rate this place or experience?
 

Who's been here

No travelers have told us they have been here. Have you?

Similar Experiences

  • Grotte de Rouffignac

    This cave system has been known about for a very long time – people were admiring its prehistoric artistic treasures as early a…

  • Calypso's Cave

    Oh to be Odysseus, offered immortality in return for loving Calypso and staying with her in this cave on beautiful Malta. But …

  • Postojna Caves

    That this 20km long cave system is one of the biggest visitor attractions in Slovenia says one of two things – you can probably…

Nearby Experiences

  • Paddling Murchison's whitewater

    Murchison is the epicentre for the South Islands white water scene, it's got great local rapids - up to gradeV - dramatic pass…

  • Fiordland National Park

    The southern tip of New Zealand may seem cool now, but it used to be much cooler – covered in glaciers, which are what created …

  • Browne Falls

    800m+ waterfall cascading into Doubtful Sound, New Zealand's tallest

Related links

Contribute to this page