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“Worth a visit” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Kawiti Caves

Kawiti Caves
49 Waiomio Road | Waiomio, New Zealand
+64 9-404 0583
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Type: Caverns/ Caves, Outdoors
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2 reviews
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“Worth a visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2012 via mobile

Really worth visiting. Informative guide and the caves are really nice. Glow worms are fantastic and are abundant throughout the cave.

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New Zealand
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86 reviews 86 reviews
25 attraction reviews
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“Worth a stop”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2012

This was an unexpected delight! The Kawiti Caves/Gloworn tour is a family run business on private land running tours every 20 to 30 minutes. The tour its self takes around 30 minutes so it's easy to squeeze into your high speed journey north or south! Manuwai (which incidently means water bird but she claimed to be half gloworm) guided our small intimate tour of 5. She was spoke very clearly (great for those for whom English is their 2nd language) was informative, good humoured and professional. She lead us with a latern that keeps the authenticity of the enviroment of stalagmite and stalactites and does not disturb the local inhabitiants being of course the thousands of native glow worms. At the rear of the group is your young trainee guide who makes sure we all get out of the cave (alive?)! On several occasions the lights are turned off to allow you to see the magnificent sight of the main attraction. If you are afraid of the dark I suggest you do not join this tour. This is darkness like you have never experianced! The boardwalk that you walk on is above the underground river (full of eels) and very well maintained with handrails to help guide you on the right path. There are a few stairs to climb but only a few. The cave tempature is around 14deg (58 fahrenheit) so take a jumper and dont wear your high heels as after the tour there is a bush (forest) walk through native trees on unsealed tracks and requiring a bit of stair climbing. This place is not suitable for wheelchairs or the unsteady on their feet. The bush walk however is lovely with wondeful rock formations that would not be out of place on a Hobbit set. If you're lucky Native birds will sing you all the way back to the carpark. Not far from the carpark are extremly clean toilets which are appreciated. The cost of the tour is $15 an adult which seemed fair to me. No photos can be taken in the caves in order to protect the glowworms but you can take photos at the entrance, exit and of course through the bush walk. This small caveway system tour is a credit to the family who own/run it. It is extremly well maintained and well orgainized and they have maintained that authentic feel. In other words it's not "plastic" and touristy ! Go....Enjoy!

Visited October 2012
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Taipei, Taiwan
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“Fantastic experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2012

I had visited glow worm caves one time in Rotorua and the other time in Te Anua. This is my third experience with these caves and I think Kawiti is the best of all. The tour guide was informative and friendly. I learned a lot and saw very clearly. The caves have been maintained very well. They are more natural than some famous caves but not too natural to access. All my family members, from the youngest (3+) to the oldest (76), enjoyed this trip sooooo much!

Visited August 2012
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South Canterbury, New Zealand
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“Amazing & Informative”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2012

We found these caves on route to Paihia and were so glad we called in. The tour guide was excellent, new her stuff and was very informative and kept us spell bound. It was very amzing to see something so wonderful just off the main track a bit.

Visited June 2012
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Kerikeri, New Zealand
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“Fantastic Glow Worms”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2012

I have lived in Northland for over 10 years and have always drove past these caves, always meaning to go.
Finally got around to going with 3 other friends, arrived at site and pleased to see that there were toilets available for use.
Just missed out on joining the group before us, sat on seats outside for our turn.
Found the cave system to be beautiful, the guide was awesome! really informative and told us lots of cool information on the worms and caves, was suprised at how old they were!
There are a few stops to turn off the lights and have a good look at the glow worms, there is even a huge eel living in the caves.

I found this attraction to be well run and good to see a family run operation.

I would recommend this to anyone looking for something a bit different to do in the northland reigon.

Visited May 2012
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