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. 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.