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Abbey Caves

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Address: Abbey Caves Road, Whangarei, New Zealand
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Incredible limestone!

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Justin V
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago 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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2 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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Thank Banj013
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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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Thank Shirlian
Ottawa, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2016

We went with a group of 7 adults to the caves. Hoping to all three caves however after spending 2 hours exploring Organ cave. Loved the unspoiled beauty of the cave. No commercial enterprise here. It is a self guided hike and please do your research before going. We were lead to believe you could exit not were you entered... More 

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Thank Diane C
Galway, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2016

One of the best "free" places to see glowworms in NZ. If driving with no GPS take the map from Whangarei i-site visitor center. Easy to find with free parking along the road. Ivory Cave (20 min walk from parking spot) is the one with glowworms inside. Steep entrance and an easy walk after inside the cave with little climbing.... More 

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Thank Maciej L
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2016 via mobile

There's no charge for visiting the caves. However there was an old chap whose job was to provide background information, brochures and watch over your parked car while you go caving. We bought torches from him and made our way to the caves. It's a little tricky at first but if you are reasonably fit and agile and with common... More 

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