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Kawiti Caves

49 Waiomio Road | Waiomio, New Zealand
+64 9-404 0583
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Caverns/ Caves, Outdoors
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Type: Caverns/ Caves, Outdoors
Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 NEW

The Kawiti glow worm caves were a lovely stop on the way from Whangarei to Cape Reinga. Price was reasonable. The caves were pretty and could be even better if you let your imaginary fly. Sometimes you could get so close to the glowing worms you just wanted to grab them, put them in a jar and bring them home... More 

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

This place is BEAUTIFUL, not just inside the caves but the surrounding areas too. It is a small family run business and the tour was short but we found it to be the perfect length, it really did not need to go on longer. The amount of glow worms were imcredible, we really were speechless. Our guide, Te, was knowledgeable,... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

My wife and I stopped here on our way from Paihia to Auckland and were not disappointed. On our way up, we saw signs for this place and when leaving Paihia, we asked a local what they thought of the Kawiti Caves, and they said it was an even better experience than the more prominent Waitomo Glowworm Caves. While we... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

Not a glamorous tourist spot by any stretch of the imagination, just a dirt road off the highway between Whangarei and Kawakawa, but so worth the detour. The caves are sensational and have been part of the same Maori family for generations. Our guide was a member of this family and incredibly relaxed and informative and able to answer all... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

This cave would be as good as any other gloworm cave in Unzud. Not huge, but well looked after. One of the best gloworm displays I have seen. Very informative and friendly guide. Not expensive.

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Kerikeri, New Zealand
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4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

We have lived in Kerikeri for three years and only just now discovered this gem. The guide was very knowledgeable about both the Gloworms and the history of the cave. The worms were so close you could have touched them and you could clearly see the 'fishing line threads' hanging down to catch the bugs for food. Well worth the... More 

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Adelaide, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

This short tour was lovely. There was just another couple with my mother and I so it was very personal and allowed us to ask questions. It began with our guide taking us into the cave and explaining a few facts about the cave. She took us further into the cave where we we told a VERY interesting story passed... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

The family that owns this property does a great job of touring you through their caves, in their family for 13 generations. The caves are fitted with walkways to facilitate the stroll through them with a guide equipped with a lantern to assure an easy walk. The worms appear when you get deep into the cave and the lantern is... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 via mobile

we were going to go to a different set of caves but never made it so we thought we would give these a shot. I am actually glad we did. The guides were excellent, the walk was easy and pleasant. It was just so comfortable and relaxing. A short walk through the caves followed by a short walk back through... More 

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Baltimore, Maryland
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10 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

We had planned on stopping at Waiomio caves on the way back from Cape Reinga but our GPS routed us a different direction. We saw the sign for Kawiti and decided to turn in. It was a very pleasent surprise. The cave is about 200 metres long and the guided tour takes about 20 minutes. We were the only guests... More 

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