13 Real Places That Look Like Straight Up Fantasy Worlds

Come with me, and we'll be in a world of pure imagination...

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Some of the greatest literary minds have devoted their lives to dreaming up breathtaking imaginary worlds.

Turns out they needn't have bothered.

Look beyond the chewing gum spattered pavements of everyday life, and you'll find a kaleidoscope of magical worlds more fabulous than Elton John's patronus.

From rainbow streaked mountains to caves that sparkle like the literal galaxy, take a look at the real life places that put Neverland to shame.

13. Waitomo Caves, New Zealand

Nope, this isn't a scene from the upcoming Avatar movie. These caves on the north island of New Zealand are home to a species of glowworms Arachnocampa luminosa, which are only found in New Zealand.

The Glowworm Grotto was discovered in 1887 by Mori Chief Tane Tinorau and an English explorer named Fred Mace. The pair were punting through the caves by candlelight when they stumbled across a cave that looked like the night sky.

You can see the spectacle for yourself on one of the guided tours, many of which are conducted by the descendants of Chief Tane Tinorau himself.

 
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