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Address: Abbey Caves Road, Whangarei, New Zealand
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Caves au naturale

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 23, 2015
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Brisbane, Australia
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31 reviews 31 reviews
12 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

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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35 reviews 35 reviews
24 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
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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18 reviews 18 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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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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20 attraction reviews
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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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Taupo, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

We had booked a guided tour down in waitomo but ended up cancelling that to go do something on our own instead. That turned out to be a very good decision. We only went into organ cave and that one was very easy to get into. We happily discovered that we had the entire place to ourselves and the rather... More 

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Kerikeri, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

Found this place by accident, hugely enchanted. Serene & magical. Didn't have head torch or proper footwear for the caves, but beautiful walk. Very quiet despite close to city.

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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

3 caves out in the country with signs pointing to the entrances. No facilities so you need a torch and shoes for walking in the underground river. Go in as far as you are happy to and make sure someone knows where you are! Great fun and a nice walk even if you have no plans to go underground.

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