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While most people travel to New Zealand to take in the sights of its picturesque mountains or never-ending coastline, one of its best offerings is actually hidden underground where only few people can see it.

We’re talking about the glowworm caves at Waitomo. Unlike the regular caves you’re used to that are dark, damp and filled with terrifying bugs and bats, these ones are loaded with–you guessed it–harmless, bioluminescent glowworms that are only found in New Zealand.

Unfortunately, much like trying to photograph stars in the night sky, these glowworms are actually very difficult to properly capture on film. Most of the time the camera’s flash dominates the photo, and the greenish hue of the worms disappears. As a result, good photos of these caves are hard to find. That’s why we’re thankful that Auckland-based photographer Shaun Jeffers recently visited the caves, and used some fancy camera techniques so that we can now get a taste of what this place really looks like:

 

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