The Hokitika Glowworm Dell

The Hokitika Glowworm Dell

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47 Rankers Reviews

28 Face-to-Face

8 Caving

12 Hokitika

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Dust or glowworms....?

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Time: 2 minutes from the road side

It takses only 2 minutes from the road side to reach the glowworm dell in Hokitika. And the coolest thing is that it is free! there are a few interpretation boards that give you a bit more info in these little glowing critters.

The dell can be found on the outskirts of Hokitika, on the lefthand side of the road as you come into the town from Greymouth.

The path leading to the dell is unlit, but has handrails to guide you. You're best off visiting at dusk, when it's dark enough to see the worms, make sure you bring a torch to help you find your way.

You'll recognize the dell as soon as you reach it, you will see little blobs of light everywhere.

For all you budding photographers out there.....If you want pictures, bring a camera that can handle very low light conditions. Disable the flash! Photos with flash show nothing of the glowworms, and irritate other users of the dell...both human and insect.

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Feature Value Info

Organisation

Umbrella Organisation

Non-profit organisation

Location

South IslandWest CoastHokitika

Categories

  • Caving
  • Scenic Attractions
  • Free

Reviews

  • 47 Rankers Reviews

    Quick Quotes

    • Really cool spot and very easy access.
    • A small dell next to the main road.
    • Like a fairytale.
    • Really cool grotto full of glow worms.
    • Really great glow worm dell.

    Rating Distribution

    Rating Count Percentage
    10/10 22
    47%
    9/10 9
    19%
    8/10 10
    21%
    7/10 1
    2%
    6/10 3
    6%
    5/10 1
    2%
    4/10 0
    0%
    3/10 1
    2%
    2/10 0
    0%
    1/10 0
    0%
  • Reviewed almost 4 years ago

    8/10

    18Oct18.

    Only 8 because of the people who flash torches around even when it is not completely dark and because some people think that a picture of a few pinpricks of light are worth taking, especially when they haven’t turned off their flash!

    As for the place itself, it is easy to get up to the dell, actually an adventure in itself when really dark. There are railings to hold onto and follow. Follow the instructions and keep left up and down so hopefully you don’t bump into anyone else.

    It takes a while for eyes to acclimatise so be patient. It is worth going to.

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    Mike Fricker

  • Reviewed almost 4 years ago

    10/10

    Really great glow worm dell.

    Do not miss an opportunity to stop and see it if in the area. Better than most other sites you pay for and its free!

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    Grizzly Girl

  • Reviewed almost 5 years ago

    10/10

    Very cool!

    Like we were star watching ! Make sure you put your lights away about 100m up the path or else you'll disturb the glow worms and other viewers !

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    Rachel Lewis

  • Reviewed over 5 years ago

    10/10

    I walked into the dell prepared to be underwhelmed but found a really impressive glowworm display.

    Regrettably the experience was spoiled a bit by the big crowd of visitors including those who left their LED headlights on all the time to shine in everyone else's eyes .. and the ones who took the flash photographs. The dell is definitely worth a visit but leave it as late as possible to avoid the crowds. By the way, the photograph that accompanies the Ranker's listing for the glowworm dell shows the stars of the Southern Cross and the two pointers .. which are not actually glow-worms; unless some hyper intelligent worms are going astro-impersonations.

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    Rob & Colleen Elwood

    New Zealand

  • Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in October 2016

    9/10

    A path leads to a small dell where, at full darkness, the glowworms twinkle like a million stars.

    Could easily have been made to charge people but they have not - thanks.

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    Ross D

    United Kingdom

  • Reviewed almost 6 years ago

    10/10

    It's not just free glow worms, it's A LOT of free glow worms.

    This little trip was better than a glow worm cave that I paid for further south. Definitely worth a trip at dark.

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    Ethan Ruhland

  • Reviewed about 6 years ago and experienced in February 2016

    8/10

    Very short walk to an amazing glowworm activity.

    Keep your lights off and be in awe.

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    Clayton Hunniford

    Canada

  • Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in October 2015

    6/10

    Impressive for someone who is experiencing the sight of glowworms for the first time.

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    Jasmin

    Italy

  • Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in December 2015

    10/10

    At night, glowworms appear all over this path - during the day you would never guess that there would be so many.

    Saw way more worms that I expected. Overall great/very cool experience!

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    Sierra Luciano

    United States

  • Reviewed over 6 years ago

    8/10

    A natural wonder, created by animals in a natural contest.

    For the worms it is a strategy for hunting, for humans a marvelous view.

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    Alessandro Luison

    Italy

  • Reviewed over 6 years ago

    10/10

    A small dell next to the main road.

    Best idea: first visit during the daylight (and think something like, yeah well, not sooo impressive0, then see the sunset at Hokitika Beach and come back, when it is dusk - amazing!!!

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    Gesa

    Germany

  • Reviewed over 6 years ago

    8/10

    Really cool spot and very easy access.

    Best once it is completely dark out. Do everyone else a favor and learn your camera functions before you go and avoid using the flash (it ruins your photograph and annoys everyone else).

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    Matthew Hallowell

  • Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in February 2015

    6/10

    Was nice to combine it with a short evening walk but nothing we would drive extra for.

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    Markus Delinsky

    Germany

  • Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in November 2014

    10/10

    Were went at 10pm, free, easy walk, available/accessible to all.

    Beautiful!

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    Logan Leduc

    Canada

  • Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in November 2014

    10/10

    See glowworms at night in two different places.

    One not very touristic, so perfect (in the forest).

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    Hubert

    France

  • Reviewed over 7 years ago

    9/10

    Plenty of glowworms, all for free.

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    Chris

    Germany

  • Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in October 2014

    8/10

    We very much liked the glow worms in a natural environment.

    Nice to walk up to the dell and see the lights in the trees - very non-commercial. Magical. Worth the visit.

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    whistledow

    United States

  • Reviewed almost 8 years ago and experienced in April 2014

    10/10

    Thousands of glowworms - just awesome!

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    Anja Weppler

    Germany

  • Reviewed almost 8 years ago and experienced in March 2014

    8/10

    Like a fairytale.

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    Marek Heiurich

    Germany

  • Reviewed almost 8 years ago

    8/10

    Great, easy to find and free!

    Next door to Shining Star campsite, bonus as we were staying there!

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    techno69

    New Zealand