Glowing insects illuminate the ceiling of Waitomo Caves in New Zealand's North Island

Nature is so incredible that it creates places that seem like a real dream. One of them, without a doubt, is the Waitomo Glowworm Cave, 200 km from auckland, at North Island of New Zealand. Upon entering this ancient cave, we have the impression of being in front of a constellation of stars, as small bluish lights shine brightly throughout its length.

It's not magic, special effects or anything like that, but little glowing worms, the glowworm, that emit this light to attract their prey. The reason for all this glow is a chemical reaction that goes something like this: the hungrier the little worm, the more light it produces.

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A walk through the sky of glowing worms


THE Glowworm Carven is located in a region where countless limestone formations have been transformed over 30 million years, known as Waitomo Caves. In the cave complex it is also possible to visit the famous Ruakuri, Aranui and Gardner, known for their perpetual stalactites and stalagmites.

During the tour of Waitomo Glowworm Cave Visitors also find beautiful millenary galleries and geological formations, but at a given moment they enter a manually driven boat and access an underground lake, where the sky is formed by these small luminous beings.

Photo: Disclosure/Waitomocaves.com

This is the kind of place to be kept only in memory, as photos are not allowed so as not to disturb the larval process. A few times a year professional photographers are invited to hold quick sessions on site. When you think about it, it doesn't matter when you're faced with something so unique and perfect.

Photo: Disclosure/Waitomocaves.com

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