Glow Worm Dell, Hokitika

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Adventure into the secret nocturnal life of one of nature's brightest creatures at Glow Worm Dell. Bring a flashlight with you on the short walk, which yields excellent views of the worm colonies in a well-maintained, sustainable grotto. The insects can only be seen at night, but the grotto itself is an atmospheric, fern-covered natural structure when visited during the day. By using our Hokitika trip maker website , you can arrange your visit to Glow Worm Dell and other attractions in Hokitika.
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  • You get to see quite a few glowworms for free! If you have a bit of patience to wait for the once with torches and flash cameras to get bored and leave. A great number of glowworms appeared after a wh...  more »
  • While this dell doesn't take long to explore it is still worth making the effort. I chose to go before the sun rose but I am guessing that most people go at night. It was nice to experience the glow w...  more »
  • We stopped by the Glow Worm Dell on our way to our camping ground for the evening. We had just been to the glow worm caves near Te Anau a few days before, and this was a really nice follow up! It's fr...  more »
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  • Great way to see an amazing phenomenon. Best way is to arrive just before dark and wait. As if by magic they will appear and don't forget to close your mouth now and again as if will make you gape in awe.
  • This is such a short walk to see such a large colony of gloworms. Visitors need to remember to keep very quiet and keep light levels very very low. Go later for a much more private experience. After 10pm there are far fewer visitors and much better displays.
  • The best place to see the glow worms free of charge. Go here during the dark and you'll get the best experience. A very short walk and torchlights aren't a must (unless it's very dark for you). Limit exposure to electronic devices as the white light from them may prevent your eyes from adapting to the dark lighting.
  • One of the best place in NZ to see the glow worms, but I'm highly disappointed in all the visitors going there and using their bright lights and talking very loud. I went there in winter and it was ok, but in summer it's crowded with people who do not respect anything or anyone. It's a free, magical place but please, DO NOT USE STRONG LIGHTS and KEEP A LOW VOICE. Your eyes will get used to the dark if you stay away from your phone for 5min! If you don't have a good camera with a tripod don't waste your time trying to get pictures, you will mostly just annoy everyone with your bright screen. Please have some respect for these little creatures and other people and keep this little place enjoyable for everyone, including yourself! Just turn your lights off, be quiet and enjoy the show. Also an interesting cave to see in the daytime, and if you look closely you might spot the glow worms' threads.
  • Went at about 10:15pm and there were quite a lot of people. Many were not very considerate (used flashlights, were talking loudly). However, the glow worms were spectacular. Better than Waitomo in a lot of ways and totally free!
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