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Abbey Caves

Address: Abbey Caves Road, Whangarei, New Zealand
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Ranked #12 of 23 Attractions in Whangarei
Type: Caverns/ Caves, Nature & Parks
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Type: Caverns/ Caves, Nature & Parks

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Hamilton, New Zealand
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25 reviews 25 reviews
15 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015 NEW

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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26 attraction reviews
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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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Whangarei, New Zealand
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66 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

I have been into the caves many times. Each time it is very different. The water level can vary from ankle to neck deep ( I'm 5 ft 3 inches), depending which caves you enter. Old canvas lace up shoes are best with shorts ( wet jeans are the pits) a couple of torches and a love of confined and... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

Well what can you say about caves? They are suitable cave like, dark and rocky. They have some glow worms in them. Not loads. Some. Nice little walk about with some interesting rocks. And wet bits in caves. As caves go these are very cave like.

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Whangarei, Northland, New Zealand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Caves are always interesting. These are caves that you should just walk into without checking out what you need to take with you to keep you safe. I say this because it would so easy just to enter and get yourself into trouble. You approach from a formed track through farm land and there are several caves.

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Southampton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 via mobile

We are a little older over 60 ..... So went to have a look at site. steep climb down to first cave / Organ cave ... 1 you need to be fit..2 you need to follow all instructions on sign at gateway. 3 do not go by yourself.... 4. Need good foot wear 5.. Take some sort of torch.... Well... More 

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Bielefeld, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

The abbey caves are just spectacular. It is awesome to climb through the caves without a guide and see the glow worms over your head. When you are lucky you might even see one of the rare eels. When you are around Whangarei go to the caves!

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Sydney, Australia
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20 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014 via mobile

Sometimes you find unexpected wonderful experiences. This was one for us. A short drive from Whangarei with parking on the road. You walk down a track to the information board. Everything it says is true. You need moderate fitness, it is muddy at places, it is an adventure not sightseeing. The entry to all the caves require being able to... More 

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