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Abbey Caves

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Address: Abbey Caves Road, Whangarei, New Zealand
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Need torches and tie up shoes.

A great experience for the family. All 3 caves take about 3 hours. There are 3 caves all with some level of difficulty. Some people find the first cave (Organ cave) hard to... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 28, 2015
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Whangarei, New Zealand
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Whangarei, New Zealand
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136 reviews 136 reviews
69 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

A great experience for the family. All 3 caves take about 3 hours. There are 3 caves all with some level of difficulty. Some people find the first cave (Organ cave) hard to find. This is close to the sign that says "Organ cave" over the style,, Down the few steps now turn left. It's there !!!!!a hole in the... More 

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Melbourne
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

Not far out of town and roads are ok. Good to do the Falls at the same time. Nice way to spend your day.

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Hamburg, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

We have been in all three caves for 2.5 hrs. The first one is the hardest to get into it, but as soon as you have climbed down you can walk your way up in the cave. The caves are all more or less good accessible and if you are an adventurer this is the right thing to do! But... More 

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Chard, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

There is parking only on the roadside so get there early. Short walk into a valley dotted with water sculpted limestone blocks. The caves are all close together and lie in a series of boulder filled dolines - deep depressions. They are all well signposted except for the last which has the biggest entrance - Ivy Cave. You need good... More 

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Auckland, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

Spent over 2 hours exploring Organ Cave (the main cave) and even then didn't get to the end. There are galxies of glow-worms, but not many limestone formations, and those that are present are not great. But if you enjoy exploring in the dark, including thigh-deep water - then these are great.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

Great caves to explore if you are a little adventurous. Take good shoes (best are some kind of water shoes, because there its water in the caves) and a torch. Switch off the torch when you are in the caves and you will see glowworms at the ceiling. And it is all for free!

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Hamilton, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

loved that you can explore at your own pace and go as far as you like. Glow-worms galore. family friendly. Took about 3 hours for us to go through all of them - make sure you wear a helmet and have a good torch - be prepared to get wet. only dislike is that we had trouble finding the entrance... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

We were in abbey caves while a hot afternoon, so sweet ! The caves are nice, lot of glow worms, the lenght of caves around 150-200 meters. But take care ! This is natural caves, no real way to acces or walk inside and it's dark ! Take good running shoes and a lamp ! You have no lights inside... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

Great outdoor activity for free ! Beware when you take the access into the cave (not so easy, especially when wet). A headlamp is necessary (best for the movements). During the visit, feet are in the stream (most of time ankle and sometime belly - I’m 1m60). We stopped in the middle room and it was fantastic: when you turn... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

The caves were around 100-200 meters long, which is not much, but the walking in the dark and the feeling of the eels next to my legs was hilarious. The exit from the middle cave was a bit hard, maybe I got it wrong. also don't leave your valuables in the car.

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