05/26/2016 12:25 pm ET Updated May 27, 2016

New Zealand Has A Cave Full Of Glowworms, And It's Wholly Surreal

Nature's light shows are the best.

Anyone with a bucket list is probably familiar with the glowworm caves of Waitomo, New Zealand.

Thousands of tiny, glistening glowworms inhabit these subterranean caverns, making for a light show that's beyond memorable. Travelers can take a floating tour inside the caverns, but the technicolor tones of the bioluminescent creatures are notoriously hard to capture on film (or Instagram). 

Shaun Jeffers

Photographer Shaun Jeffers spent an entire year visiting and re-visiting the Waitomo glowworm caves in an attempt to capture them perfectly on film, he told Bored Panda. The lighting in the caves required camera exposures of 30 second to six minutes, with Jeffers often lingering in cold water or hailing a kayak to get the perfect shot.

The result, however is a series of images that will give you ultimate wanderlust:

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Wanna visit? Get details for the tours, which start at $49, at


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