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“An advanture” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Abbey Caves

Abbey Caves
Abbey Caves Road, Whangarei, New Zealand
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Ranked #10 of 20 Attractions in Whangarei
Type: Caverns/ Caves, Outdoors
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Auckland, New Zealand
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3 reviews 3 reviews
“An advanture”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2013

I was surprised that we were the only people there on the day we visited Abbey Caves. But this loneliness also added much excitement to the trip. The track and the location of each cave were clearly marked, but you still have to be careful when you walked down some caves -- it could be very dark and slipery. A torch and some sturdy shoes are necessary.

Visited September 2013
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Whangarei, New Zealand
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“Another great spot to see”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2013

This is a great place to have an explore. A few Caves to explore. Prepare to get wet though as the caves are occasionally deep with water, Head down this way in the dry period.

Visited January 2013
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Whangarei, New Zealand
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“Saw sooooooo many glow worms! Loved it.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2013 via mobile

As a free alternative to Waitomo caves its awesome! Saw loads of glow worms. We wore wetsuit shoes and they were the best. Was water up to our knees. Don't go if it's been raining beforehand and otherwise, take a torch each. Head torches would be best. We had 2 lanterns between 6 of us (including 2 under 10s) and it was a little hairy. All good though. Loved it :)

Visited November 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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“Worth it just to explore the outside”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2013

A free attraction well worth visiting for the walk down and through the meadows with some amazing rocks and the beautiful backdrop of NZ hills. As others have said you need to be fit with proper caving equipment to safely explore inside the caves but you can clamber around the outside as long as you have suitable footwear. Definitely go take a look for yourself

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“My no.1 in whangarei”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2013

Free attraction. Unsupervised, you get to explore caves AND see glow worms, cave formation at your own leisure. This is absolutely must do (although preferrably for those relatively young and fit). Perhaps the best kept secret around. FOr those wanting a more leisurely and set path glowarm experience, try the Kawiti Caves for $15 where you can walk on established paths, not get wet and risk almost no injury compared to Abbey.

You have to visit at your own Abbey at your very own risk. The system can be very dangerous and unsafe. To be responsible, you ought to get a helmet, non slip water shoes and, gloves and head lamp. I have explored the outdoors extensively and did it with a tiny led torch and admit it is doable but at times I had to turn off my torch temporarily just so I could make use of my hands. My torch required constant pressure to stay switched on so I couldn't place in mouth. You will get wet.

Minimal signage inside the caves and I had no cave map. Not sure where I could get one. I got quite confused in the organ and lava caves (largest) and ended up spending 2 each just moving around and probably exploring areas. In the organ I think I explored areas not often explored before coming to a dead end and having to turn around. There are a lot of tight spaces to squeeze into, once you're in, you're in the dark. The lava caves has even more spaces to explore and should have more than one/two extra exits. Unless you are extremely keen, just go in, have fun and turn back out. Exploring should only be done in groups (have a lead and and a backup team, follow ropes and white markings) as some areas can be extremely dangerous and unsafe, not to mention really muddy and slippery.

They should have more education on protecting the gloworms and cave formations. Don't touch them and when observing the glow worm traps, don't blow on it, it causes them to tangle up and ruins all their hard work! Cover your mouth and breath away where possible.

Visited October 2013
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