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Address: Abbey Caves Road, Whangarei, New Zealand
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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

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
Angus L
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Whangarei, New Zealand
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Whangarei, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

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 2 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago

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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Thank 1Maya23
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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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2016 via mobile

Be prepared! We arrived on a day that it had been absolutely pouring down and everything was covered in mud (I totally stacked it in a paddock walking to the caves and whilst I thought it was hilarious and a great adventure, others may not feel the same!) We're staying at the beautiful Little Earth Lodge and they rented us... More 

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Kaitaia, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2016 via mobile

We were staying at the little earth lodge next door and they recommended the caves so we got a head torch, helmet and shoes and map from owners at a cost of $7 and set off. We first walked up the hill and checked out the amazing rock formations and old growth forest trees it really was spectacular. Then entered... More 

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Orewa, New Zealand
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2016

An interesting place to visit, but not high on my list. The road to the caves is more interesting, especiallyb if you come in from the southern end. It progressively becomes narrower and has lots of corners. Not a good road to meet a bus coming your way!!

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Thank Dan127A
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016 via mobile

It's an easy nature walk to the caves along cow meadows. The stone forest just before Organ Cave is well worth a visit as well. We've only been to the biggest cave (Organ Cave) and spent more than one hour inside. The entrance is quite steep and slippery but after that it's fairly easy to proceed (it's still a cave... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2016 via mobile

The walk was fabulous, clearly marked & beautiful scenery. I was unable to get near enough to any caves to get a good look as it was slippery & I had nothing to hold on to. We were told there are glow worms in 1 of the caves but couldn't see any when we went. It is a beautiful place... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2016

These are not your typical "walk along a paved route" caves. You'll have to clamber over wet and muddy rocks, get waist deep in water and may occasionally encounter an eel. A reasonable level of fitness is required; one of my friends was not comfortable with going further, but I also met a woman in her 50s who managed. Really... More 

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