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Abbey Caves

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Address: Abbey Caves Road, Whangarei, New Zealand
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Good Footwear and a Good Torch!

Lots of fun. Make sure you have a good light and sturdy footwear, or just take it off. You will get wet, maybe even waist deep. Also keep an eye out for the eels, very cool but... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
alexxshaffer
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Seattle, Washington
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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Lots of fun. Make sure you have a good light and sturdy footwear, or just take it off. You will get wet, maybe even waist deep. Also keep an eye out for the eels, very cool but can be scary when you're waist deep in water in a pitch black cave!

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is an unusual opportunity to go into caves on your own. Can be a bit risky if you slip on the rocks at the entrance but once you are past the entrance it's much easier going. Must have some sort of light (head light ideal) and good footwear that won't slip but can get wet. If you go inside... More 

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Whangarei, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2017

Although this walk was very hot, the caves are interesting and well maintained. Dogs are allowed which is nice, and the cars are watched over by volunteers. Worth the walk!

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Thank Emma B
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017 via mobile

This is "must go place". I spent about 30 minutes in each cave,it was a bit hard to get down to the cave with dark,better prepare head torches,and also you will need sandals. In cave, we can see thousands of glow worms when turned off torches ,just as the stars hang out a clean sky at night in summer!

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Auckland, New Zealand
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017

Watch out for thieves breaking your car. They have very nice City Safe Community Volunteers watching but you can still have your car broken damaged.

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Greater Adelaide, Australia
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017

We arrived and discovered that parking was on the side of the road. After we had walked down a number of steps and slopes we got to the signage that explained that certequiment was required to see the caves. I really think this information should have been available at the start where we parked the cars so for those unprepared... More 

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Whangarei, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

A bit of fitness needed for this attraction , so not for everyone. Great show of glow worms. Not for claustraphobics as a bit tight in places

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Bay of Plenty Region, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2016

As we were staying at Little Earth Lodge for a few days, we paid the Caves, just adjacent to the Lodge a visit. This is definitely not an activity for young children or for tourists who like to visit a cave with walkways - but it is exciting - and be prepared to get wet and dirty. In the lodge... More 

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Whangarei, Northland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2016

Not only are the caves fabulous and very worthwhile an exploration, we are also particularly taken by the Rock forest. We have been living in Whangarei for many, many years and are never getting tired of roaming around between the mossy, rocky, wondrous formations and peeking into the caves themselves. In our younger years we were in and out of... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016

I visited all three caves in October. The parking space is a bit scarce but I had luck. The path is a bit muddy but you should wear footwear that can get wet anyways. It's a good idea to wear a headlamp because you need you hands to climb into the caves. Amazing how you can the underground waters flow.... More 

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