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Address: Abbey Caves Road, Whangarei, New Zealand
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Stunning day out adventure

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 30, 2015
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Mossel Bay
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Mossel Bay
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31 reviews 31 reviews
20 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

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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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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65 reviews 65 reviews
15 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
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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70 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
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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61 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
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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Chard, United Kingdom
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73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
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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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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