Glow Worms

You are here

New Zealand's caves, grottos and native forests form the perfect home for glow worms, a type of insect that glows in the dark.

Hamilton - Waikato
Glowworm Caves, Hamilton - Waikato

By Discover Waitomo

Bay of Plenty
Kayaking in Glow Worm Canyon, Bay of Plenty

By Fraser Clements

Te Anau Glowworm Caves, Fiordland

By Real Journeys

New Zealand
Exploring the glowworm caves in Waitomo, New Zealand

By Corin Walker

The Waitomo Caves, three hours’ drive from Auckland, offer one of the best glow worm experiences in the country. Take a boat ride underground to experience the magic of thousands of these tiny creatures lighting up the cave roof above you like a star-studded sky.

Glow worms can be found throughout the country, and are often spotted in damp, overgrown places – the banks of lakes, rivers and forest undergrowth are prime places to spot their glowing blue-green lights. Guided night time kayaking, hiking or boating trips are great ways to get to the right places to see them.

Find & book flights

Where to next?

Top Things To Do In Hamilton →

Nature & Wildlife →

Hot pools & health spas →