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Hokitika glow worm dell guide

==the cj way++

The CJ way Guide to hokitika glow worm dell


A lovely wee (free) glow worm dell


5 minute walk (from parking)

Easy access (definitely one for kiddies)


Best time to visit: Summer and night-time

Jandals/sandals are suitable


  • Coordinates of the glow worm dell : -42.765953, 170.998136

  • Coordinates of parking: -42.764782, 170.999890

  • The parking coordinates are for the Woodstock Hotel. From here walk down the road (4-5 minutes) and look for a small sign. You climb  through a small hole/cave in the wall (pictured above) and from there you'll be amazed by the twinkling glow worms all around you.

 best time to visit? 

  • Evening/when it's dark!

  • Glowworms tend to be more active/mate during the Summer/warmer months so typically December- March is best! 

 cj travel tips 

  • While Jandals are suitable here, you might like to wear sneakers.

  • The Woodstock Hotel allows free camping in their car park. 

  • Please don't use flash photography as this can be detrimental to the glow worms

  • If you take a torch, try and pack a red light one, or aim your torch at the ground! 

 cj photography tips 

  • A tripod and a lens with a low aperture are absolute musts! We have a F1.4 Samyang lens that we use for night photography (couldn't justify the price of the Nikon equivalent).

  • Take a few practice shots experimenting with shutter speeds and ISO settings until you can pick up enough detail in the frame.

  • Find the brightest glow worm and manually focus on that, rotating the focus ring until the worm becomes a small but bright dot.

 what we found useful to pack 

​In addition to the usuals (camera gear, suitable clothing, water and food, first aid, etc.) we found the following items useful:

  • Tripod; and

  • Head torch that could switch to a red light setting.

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