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Te Anau Glowworm Caves

Listed under Show Caves in South Island, New Zealand.

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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.

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