One of the Western Bay of Plenty's most beautiful attractions has been transformed into an illuminated wonderland in a stunning timelapse video.

Tauranga photographer Amit Kamble is no stranger to capturing striking images, having won the overall winner's award for a photo of an East Cape lighthouse in this year's Harry Williams Astrophotography competition.

But Mr Kamble spent about a month trying to capture the beauty of McLaren Falls and its glow worm residents at night.

''Every time I've been there to shoot, something went wrong, but I finally managed to get some decent footage over the weekend,'' he said.


''I've fallen for this location ever since I first saw them, I've been there for hours staring and being fascinated by these little creatures of the dark. This time, I took my little chair, some food and drinks and just sat there as my camera did the painstaking task of shooting.''

Mr Kamble said it was funny when people walked around the tracks ''and looked at me as if I was some sort of lunatic, just lounging there with all the snacks''.

Mr Kamble spent about three hours filming the 30-second clip.

He said people showed up in the first few early hours but the area quickly became deserted after 9pm.

''I was there until 10.30pm all by myself,'' he said.

Mr Kamble is a member of the Tauranga Astronomical Society and its curator of instruments.

Aside from problems with people walking in with bright torches or the camera stopping working, Mr Kamble finally got his video on his fourth attempt.


''It's a must-visit place for locals and anyone visiting Tauranga. I would love to spend more time here and take a really long and awesome timelapse in the future.''

Mr Kamble shot the footage using a Samyang 24mm f1.4, Canon 50mm f1.8 on Canon 6D and motion using Syrp Genie mini.

Last year, Mr Kamble took a photograph of a comet from Fergusson Park that was used on Nasa's Astronomy Picture of the Day page.

View Mr Kamble's footage above or in HD via his facebook page here.