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Kawiti Caves

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Address: 49 Waiomio Road | Waiomio, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 9-404 0583
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

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According to legend the Kawiti caves (formerly Waiomio Caves) was discovered in the early 17th century by Roku, runaway wife of Haumoewarangi of the Tribe Ngatitu. After a short... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Mike P
Phoenix, Arizona

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Phoenix, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

According to legend the Kawiti caves (formerly Waiomio Caves) was discovered in the early 17th century by Roku, runaway wife of Haumoewarangi of the Tribe Ngatitu. After a short walk the lights were turned off and thousands of little blue-green stars dotted the cave ceiling and stalactites above us, some brighter than others, evenly spaced and flowing across in a... More 

Thank Mike P
Adelaide, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We were going to go to Waitamo Glow worm caves but ran out of time and found this little gem. It was $20 approx and it it a cave owned by a local Maori family who have owned it by generations. They were lovely and it was fairly quiet. There is no waiting and no rushing The tour guide was... More 

Thank Tammy C
Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This was amazing, why on earth I've left this place so long to visit I have no idea! For years heading North to visit family in Russell I've been past and seen the sign and thought I must do that one day. Finally did. What a wee treasure of a place, really lovely guides, family owned land, love that, and... More 

Thank JCoyle1969
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This tour didn't take long, however it was a very worthwhile investment of 30 minutes. Our two guides were well-informed and clearly shared their family's history with these caves. It was a long cave, open at both ends, although you couldn't see that far. There was a boardwalk all the way with rails and non slip netting under your feet.... More 

Thank nameerfud
Thames, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2016

I'd never heard of these but we took visitors on a road trip that way. I was NOT disappointed. We had 2 guides who knew all about arachnocampus luminosus and for 20 minutes and $20ea I was really impressed. After appreciating the caves you walk back to the start via a beautiful bush track. No special footwear is required but... More 

Thank tenak0e
Geelong, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2016

Reasonably priced tour of glowworm cave. The cave was interesting with an excellent raised, wooden path most of the way. The guide gave us sufficient time with good commentary and opportunity for questions. The glowworms were fascinating and we learned a lot. The return walk was more challenging for us (older people) but very manageable and also worthwhile.

Thank Lorraine W
Chula Vista, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

We were on a PRINCESS cruise that stopped at BAY OF ISLANDS. We took an excursion to the cave. Usually they have people exit to the rear, but because it was raining and slippery we exited the way we came in. Either way, the glowworms tried to lure us into their "web" with their glow.

Thank pbschaeffer
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2016

Great tour guide, (sorry forget his name), friendly, informative, polite with a strong voice. Cute spot tucked away. Not over crowded.The only thing we found was after doing 3 glow worms tours in NZ, all 3 guides gave 3 different lots of information about the glow worms, so which one was right, who knows. I would recommend this one though.... More 

Thank anklecracker
Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2016

Smaller family run operation .Lovely walk through caves with plenty of glow worms to see and very good commentary. Nice walk through forest back to car park area. Cheap compared to some of more higher profile glow worm viewing areas.

Thank deewubleu
Cobden, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2016 via mobile

This is the second glow worm cave we visited on our trip. I liked it better than the first. It is small and family owned. It was only $20 per person and well worth the money. The guide was very knowledgeable and friendly. The only downside is the walk back to the office at the end because it was hilly... More 

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