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Abbey Caves

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Address: Abbey Caves Road, Whangarei, New Zealand
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Very muddy and wet but magical

In winter very muddy and wetter than usual but it's always exciting to go exploring in a cave. And here you can find three! Take your gumboots though if you want to do it properly... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Leeuw605
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Balmoral, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

the walk to the cave's is along some beautifull nature and fields, but in winter time verry wet and muddy i was not prepared and did not have descent shoe's also for entering the cave's get a descent pair of shoe's as it is very slipery even to enter them. but this is a real must for the thrill seekers... More 

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Balmoral, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

In winter very muddy and wetter than usual but it's always exciting to go exploring in a cave. And here you can find three! Take your gumboots though if you want to do it properly and don't forget your torch! You can spot some glowworms here, though not very many. Please be carefull as the rocks and mud is slippery.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Visiting these caves is a real adventure! They are open to the public, so you don't have to pay an entrance fee but you don't get any equipment either. Make sure you have a good torch (a headlamp would be perfect), comfortable shoes, a change of clothes and a towel! It's very dark in the caves and you'll be walking... More 

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Thank Giulia F
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2016 via mobile

If you enjoy walking through eroded limestone formations covered in jungle-like plant life, you might get caught up exploring above ground instead of in the caves! Caves were awesome, all natural and no tourist luxuries. The way it should be!

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Thank Justin V
ACT
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2016

Unfortunately we came out to the Abbey Caves without being briefed on what is required. The walk is quite long and a head torch / torches are advised with good footwear. We missed out as we were not prepared. A must-do for another time.

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3 Thank Nunngo
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016

Need to be a bit fit and flexible but worth the effort. Take a torch and wear shoes that grip and can get wet. Can get a bit deep and cold after rain so be prepared.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016

i had young kids and it took approx 2 hours to walk the whole way round inluding climbing into the entrance of the caves to see the glow worms.. was a great hike.. stairs at the end - steep.

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1 Thank Serena G
Whangarei, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2016

Be reasonable fit as the walk back out of here is steepish. Wear good tramping type footware. Do not go when it is raining as the track may be slippery. The caves are amazing especially after we have had rain. If you would like to venture through the caves make sure you have a torch. All commonsense stuff. A great... More 

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Thank Virgo248
Zurich, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2016

Exploring the caves with my sister was just awesome. When we passed by the first time we didn`t know what to expect. A very friendly ambassador told us a bit about the three different caves. We decided coming back the other day with flashlights and cloth/shoes which can get wet. And they did. We went quite far into the first... More 

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Thank Webca
Whangarei, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2016

Abbey Caves have not been tampered with to make sure they are safe for tourists so we enjoyed the ruggedness and the challenge of these caves. We only went to the 1st two because it was pouring down with rain, the first I wouldnt enter because of the sound of the water in the cave ( in case of flood)... More 

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