20 Places That Look Like They’re From Another Planet

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Glowworm Caves, Waitomo, New Zealand

Glowworm Caves, Waitomo, New Zealand

It’s all in the name. Waitomo’s ever-popular attraction takes captivated visitors deep underground to an ancient cave system like no other on Earth. Down here, countless lights shimmer like subterranean stars.

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But it’s the glowworms that are pointing the way — shining bright in the dark and making for an alien experience. For those fortunate enough to visit, this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, with the glowworms that are found here exclusive to New Zealand’s North Island. Like to see them for yourself? We can’t recommend this place enough.

Take a boat ride through winding passages and into vast grottos — and don’t forget to look up. It’s there, on the craggy ceilings, that the glowworms tend to congregate in great number. Like a glimpse of another galaxy, this is an otherworldly experience that awaits right here on Earth. Like a place from another planet, this underground adventure is one that must not be missed.


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