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Discover Te Anau Glow Worm Cave wheelchair accessible attractions, things to do, tours and activities for disabled travelers. Read our informative review to learn if the Glow Worm Caves in Te Anau, NZ are wheelchair accessible and wheelchair friendly or if Wheelchair Jimmy recommends this attraction be avoided by travelers in wheelchairs.

Experience a mysterious underground world of rushing water before drifting in silent darkness beneath the luminous shimmer of hundreds of glowworms.

Your trip to the Te Anau Glowworm Caves begins with a cruise to the western shores of Lake Te Anau on one of our purpose-built scenic cruise vessels.

At the entry to the caves at Cavern House, view the informative displays and learn about this geological wonder before you join your guide underground. On the tour of the caves, our friendly guides will point out the highlights and share their knowledge of the caves and its history.

  1. City Attraction Wheelchair Accessible:     No
  2. Fully Accessible Entry:                                  No
  3. Accessible Restrooms Onsite:                      No
  4. Restrictive Steps:                                            Yes

Jim’s Accessibility Comments:

We spent an extra day in Te Anau, New Zealand, and we decided to take a small cruise boat across beautiful Lake Te Anau to the Glow Worms Caves.

My wife and our traveling companions absolutely loved the Glow Worm Caves – a real travel highlight! However it’s not wheelchair friendly. To get to the caves we took a Real Journey’s cruise boat across the lake. The Real Journey’s agent in Te Anau stated the boat and visitor center were both wheelchair accessible but in fact they were not easily accessible at all.

There were 6 steps down to the boat and 2 more steps to get into the boat. I will say that the boat crew was very helpful, picked me and the wheelchair up and made it work. And the boat itself was quite nice.

But across the lake at the Glow Worms Cave Visitor Center, there were another 5-6 steps to exit the boat, a long reasonably steep ramp to the Visitor Center, then another step into the Center.

The Glow Worm Caves themselves were truly underground caves and are not wheelchair accessible. Don’t even think about it. And neither the Visitor Center or the boat had a wheelchair accessible restroom.

The cruise across Lake Te Anau was absolutely beautiful and my traveling companions really enjoyed the Glow Worm Caves and the educational exhibits at the Visitor Center. However it’s not at all wheelchair accessible.