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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.

Dust or glowworms....?

Dust or glowworms....?

Lauren S

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Opposite Shining Star Beachfront accommodation

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Rachel Lewis

Ranking: 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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Rob & Colleen Elwood

New Zealand

Ranking: 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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Ross D

United Kingdom

Ranking: 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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Ethan Ruhland

Ranking: 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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Clayton Hunniford

Canada

Ranking: 8/10

Very short walk to an amazing glowworm activity. Keep your lights off and be in awe.

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Jasmin

Italy

Ranking: 6/10

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

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Sierra Luciano

United States

Ranking: 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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Alessandro Luison

Italy

Ranking: 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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Gesa

Germany

Ranking: 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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Matthew Hallowell

Ranking: 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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Markus Delinsky

Germany

Ranking: 6/10

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

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Logan Leduc

Canada

Ranking: 10/10

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

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Hubert

France

Ranking: 10/10

See glowworms at night in two different places. One not very touristic, so perfect (in the forest).

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