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Address: Abbey Caves Road, Whangarei, New Zealand

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Set aside a day and do all three! We found a mud slide in one of them and had a swim as it was so wet! One of them you can wander all the way through and take a perilous climb out... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 13, 2015
Portsmouth, United Kingdom

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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55 reviews
53 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Set aside a day and do all three! We found a mud slide in one of them and had a swim as it was so wet! One of them you can wander all the way through and take a perilous climb out the back hole - it's a squeeze and a challenge but so cool!! Find the random massive caves... More 

Whangarei, New Zealand
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6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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.

London, United Kingdom
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27 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
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 

Whangaroa, New Zealand
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9 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
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.

Brisbane, Australia
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34 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
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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4 reviews
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.

Swansea, United Kingdom
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46 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 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 

Thornton Cleveleys, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
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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24 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
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

Mossel Bay
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32 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
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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