Glow Worm Cave Tour at Punakaiki West Coast New Zealand

Glow Worm Cave Tour

Join us on our beautiful adventure full of historical tales and beauty that lives within the Ananui Glow Worm Caves. Discover the natural beauty of the Wonderland that is our Cave. One of the largest Cave Systems in New Zealand full of Stalactites and Stalagmites in the ancient passages we pass through. Once visiting the "Main Entrance" where the outstanding display of Glow Worms live, its a return walk out of the Cave passages previously discovered. The beauty in this tour is getting to experience the formations twice! Return to the stunning Café in Charleston via our cute little jungle trains to a nice hot cuppa and some lunch with our incredible café staff.


  • One of the best and brightest GlowWorm displays in New Zealand

  • Wide array of beautiful formations

  • Actively growing Stalactites & Stalagmites

  • Natural, unmodified cave - no boardwalks or electric lights

  • Informative & fun trip in the Untamed Natural Wilderness


Full Description

The Glow Worm Cave Tour is a stunning 3-4 hour adventure in the enourmous Ananui (Metro) Cave in the Paparoa National Park. On this special adventure we will equip with a helmet and light - all you need are some warm clothes and good walking shoes. After adjusting your new helmet for the day we leave the Charleston base for a short dirve to the start of our adventure. 

Enclosed in the beautiful West Coast scenery, we board one of our Rainforest Trains at the start of the Ananui Canyon. The 15 minute train journey leads us 2km into the valley, surrounded by the beautiful native bush and ready to set off toward the cave entrance. Crossing the suspension bridge, taking a glance up to the sky you can see the towering limestone cliffs that have been carved and shaped by the Waitekere /  Nile River over the millenia. 

Climbing from River level to Cave level via 130 steps, we reach the "Triclops" entrance of the Ananui Cave. We leave the outside world behind, delving into the ancient spectacle, viewing the largest passages, the most outstanding stalagmites and stalactites, and weaving through levels of the cave down to the newest passages that are still actively forming.

Guided only by the light of the torches on the helmets, we make our way to the largest opening of the Cave. Enjoy a well deserved rest in the sunshine before heading back into the darkness to experience the real star of the show, our GlowWorms. Sit on a beach like no other, and experience the green-blue twinkle of the indoor galaxy overhead. Learn all about a GlowWorm's life before a once-in-a-lifetime chance to peer at them close up.

Please bring your cameras and warm clothes, as well as good walking shoes for the natural, untouched environs of the Cave interior. Weather can change rapidly on the West Coast, so we encourage bringing a wet weather jacket - although it doesn't rain underground!

This is an award winnning adventure, taking you to a place that very few people have had the opportunity to experience. This is truly an authentic and magical experience that should not be missed while here on the 'Coast.




Meeting Point

The Underworld Adventure Centre,

State Highway 6,

Charleston 7865

(20 minutes drive from Westport or Punakaiki)

Additional Information

Come with warm clothes, a good set of walking shoes, a rain jacket (weather dependent), a camera if wanted and a mindset for adventure!

Cancellation policy

Full refund if cancelled up to 24 hours before activity starts.

Good weather is required for this experience. If we need to cancel due to poor weather, you'll be offered a different date or a full refund.

There is a minimum number of travellers for this experience. If the minimum isn't met and we need to cancel, we will offer a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Glow Worm Cave Tour

Join us on our beautiful adventure full of historical tales and beauty that lives within the Ananui Glow Worm Caves. Show More
Adult: $130
(16+ years)
Child: $95
(2 - 16 years)
Not suitable for Infants.
Duration: 4 Hours
Maximum Passengers: 10

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