An hour or so south of Raglan is the little village of Waitomo, famous for its system of limestone caverns, many with rivers, filled with glowworms. Above is a shot from just inside the entrance.
There are many tour options available, including some where you get in a wetsuit and take an inner tube ride through the cave and some fairly exciting rapids. We opted for a tamer experience, with a walking part and a placid ride in an inflatable raft.
The guide had been on the job too many years, and there were various other details one could complain about. But the glowworms were magical. Here’s the best picture I could get…
Imagine that plus a ceiling covered with tiny fairy lights. It really was mesmerizing.