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Address: Abbey Caves Road, Whangarei, New Zealand
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Awesome experience, not for those with a fear of the dark

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 13, 2015
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Thornton Cleveleys, United Kingdom
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Thornton Cleveleys, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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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6 reviews 6 reviews
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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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Whangarei, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

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

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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