New Zealand glow worms:


Illuminating the darkness in streaks of turquoise light, this ethereal New Zealand cave is lit up by thousands of glow worms.

Auckland-based photographer Shaun Jeffers spent a year capturing the dazzling displays inside Ruakuri Cave in the Waitomo area, proving that the country is just as beautiful below ground as it is above.

Speaking to MailOnline Travel, the talented 26-year-old, who is originally from Liverpool, UK, said: ‘I felt like I was on a different planet – it really is out of this world.

‘I’ve never experienced anything quite like it and to be honest it’s difficult to put the feeling into words – standing alone in total darkness looking up at these little glowing creatures is just so surreal. It is like being in the real life Pandora, from James Cameron’s Avatar.’

The photographer heard the glow worms are notoriously difficult to photograph after he moved to New Zealand in 2013. To take the challenging photographs he had to submerge himself and his tripod in cold water for up to eight hours a day.

The luminous glow worms, called Arachnocampa luminosa, are unique to New Zealand and emit a phosphorescent glow in order to catch prey and attract mates.

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3 Responses to WISH I’D TAKEN THESE

  1. mcmurdo says:

    Vilmar, did you ever go see the caves when you were in NZ? I did and what a sight.

  2. antzinpantz says:

    No, I did not. I was in the area but had something else to head to. Without a decent camera I’d have been pissed off ….so since I didn’t have a decent camera …. well, ……

  3. mcmurdo says:


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