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Hokitika Glow Worm Dell

Located in Hokitika

Enjoy a refreshing walk in the evening along to Hokitika's cute glow worm dell.

Go out at Night

Right off the State Highway 7 roadside at the northern town entrance. You'll find plenty of parking available. The Glow Worm Dell is only 50 metres from the car park. Just follow the clearly mark sign.

 

Please note that Glow-worms can only be seen at night! It's recommended to bring a flashlight.

The insects live in the banks under tall trees and are present all the time.  However, they can be seen only in the dark so avoid arriving too early or you could be waiting awhile!

Why they Glow

A glowworm uses its glow to attract food and to burn off its waste. It's tail glows because of bioluminescence, which is a reaction between the chemicals given off by the glowworm and the oxygen in the air.

This chemical reaction produces light, which the glowworm can control by reducing the oxygen to the light organ. Insects fly towards the light and get stuck in the sticky lines that the glowworm hangs down to catch food. Glowworms also use their glow to put other creatures off eating them.

Things to Know

Price - Free

Recommendations

  • Bring a flashlight

  • Go out at night

Getting There

From State Highway 7 roadside at the northern town entrance. Parking available but could also be walked to from town.

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