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Address: Abbey Caves Road, Whangarei, New Zealand
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A free good fun family adventure.

A beautiful cave with glow worms, easy access in and out of cave, just need good footwear and torch. A place you can take a family or friends and absorb the beauty of it.

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 30, 2015
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Whangarei, New Zealand
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Whangarei, New Zealand
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

A beautiful cave with glow worms, easy access in and out of cave, just need good footwear and torch. A place you can take a family or friends and absorb the beauty of it.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

If you're up for some adventure without the crowds, give this a go. It is one of the highlights of my 6 week trip to NZ, largely due to how untouristy it is. Take a torch, and keep your eyes peeled for eels, glow worms and wetas. Don't chicken out ... go all the way through the 2nd and 3rd... More 

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Whangaroa, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

A bit out of town but a pretty ride, then from the limited parking a very pleasant walk thru bush & fields & limestone rockeries to the caves; bring your own torch and explore on your own.

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

Totally natural caves. There are only tracks to and from the caves. Once there you are on your own scrabbling over boulders and through streams. BRING. A. TORCH. There are no lights and it gets dark (surprise!!)). Can also be muddy, dirty and wet after rain. Be prepared. Great free, fun adventurous day.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Easy access, fun activity to do with kids of any age. You will get wet, so wear suitable shoes, some long johns, warm top, and make sure you have a hard hat/bike helmet and head torch.

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Swansea, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

So I haven't been to Waitomo caves yet so I can't compare but I'm shocked that Abbey caves isn't more popular and it's free. What a fantastic afternoon we spent exploring and even went waist deep in the chilly water to explore more. Please don't think that wearing trainers and using your mobile light will be any good. We rented... More 

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Thornton Cleveleys, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

There are three caves. They can be difficult to get into so wear good footwear and be prepared to scramble. That said, my son did it in flip flops but I truly don't recommend that. You will have to wade through water up to your thighs in the first two caves and up to your chest in number three. You... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

went and had a look at it thoroughly enjoyed it climbed through the caves out the other side it was amazing and the walk around to the caves was relaxing even where the old homestead was you could see the bricks from the old fireplace and there was a headstone

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Mossel Bay
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

Don't cut your time short at this free attraction. Allocate the whole day with a picnic. there are 3 caves to explore as well as an incredible "rock" forest. The caves go far back into the ground. It is ESSENTIAL to: 1. tell someone where you are; 2. Take a head torch per person plus a back-up per person if... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

I'm not really one for dark enclosed spaces but these cave were amazing, the cave systems themselves go on for a while so expect to get wet whilst exploring (also remember to bring a headlamp) once in a while turn off your light source and look up to see thousand of bright blue glow worms.

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Address: Abbey Caves Road, Whangarei, New Zealand
Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Northland Region  >  Whangarei

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