Glow worms

Glow Worm Dells – your next night-time adventure! We have 4 sites to check out!

Did you know – the light from a glow worm comes from an organ which is the equivalent of a human kidney!

These little glowing wonders of nature can be seen along the creek banks where it is moist and protected.

You may have heard of the Waitomo Caves or Te Anau Caves, these are two well-known sites to see Glow Worms in abundance, but our adventure is FREE and exclusive to park guests.

Along your journey there are many small dells that you will be able to see but only if your using your red light – be warned, use a white light you’ll miss out! RED light is a must for protecting the Glow Worms and for your night vision. Get your free red cellophane from the kitchen/lounge area – please re-cycle after your use for other guests.

Remember to turn off your torch – wait for your eyes to adjust and many many more lights will appear – if you don’t, you’ll miss out!  Did you know that it can take up to 20 mins for your eyes to naturally adjust for night vision, don’t use a red light that’s a bit of a wait!

Site #1 For guest willing and able to walk the Ngariumu track in the dark, approx 10min from the Red gate, at the 2nd creek walk down to the creek bed – don’t cross it – turn around looking at the bank you just walked down you’ll be spellbound with the little lights. If you are more adventurous, walking up and down the creek bed you will be amazed with how many places are lit up and some nights you don’t even need a torch.

Site #2 Here we guide you on a small walk with reflectors on the forest trees, within about 5 mins you will find several dells along the creek bank but if you’re willing, walk up stream to a spot that is a magnificent wall.

Site #3 This site is a smaller site great for little ones that don’t want to be in the bush. The sign leads you across the grass to the bush and it’s literally 3 steps down to the creek edge, here you will need to crouch down and look up & down the steam.

Site #4 By day this site has a gorgeous little waterfall made by a fallen Rimu tree probably 100’s of year old………..but by night it is a mythical spot for seeing natures little forest lights and again great for the little ones.


I wish I was a Glow-Worm, a glow worm is never glum, ’cause how could you be so glum when a light shines out ya bum!