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Address: Abbey Caves Road, Whangarei, New Zealand

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amazing hidden wonders on our back doorstep !!

a great walk rewarded by the amazing natural underground caves and rock formations, a great way to spend an afternoon get some exercise and fresh air and visit one of Whangarei's... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Whangarei, New Zealand
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Whangarei, New Zealand
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12 reviews
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

a great walk rewarded by the amazing natural underground caves and rock formations, a great way to spend an afternoon get some exercise and fresh air and visit one of Whangarei's many hidden secrets

Thank coppertopdebbie
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43 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Yes caves and glow worms in NZ for free. We only went in the middle cave. It was beautiful at the entrance, looking like fairies should live there. As we went further in we got to clamber around, under and over rocks to get to the other end. You could probably get out at the end but we decided to... More 

1 Thank karris21
Medellin, Colombia
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53 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed March 27, 2017

The trail leading to he abbey caves is really nice. There are three caves. We did them all, but not all to the end as it got really narrow. There are a few glowing worms you can see. These caves include a lot of climbing over rocks. It was fun and dont forget to bring yout torch

Thank Jen_worldwide
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Reviewed March 24, 2017 via mobile

The caves are amazing... and the rock formations outside and above the middle cave are well work a look and walk around - kids loved this area. The third cave has two exits one through quite deep water - ( i swam). An the other higher up and off to the right a little way after you enter the cave.... More 

Thank Jan I
Tauranga, New Zealand
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27 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed March 22, 2017 via mobile

The caves are amazing. Just remember old shoes as they will get wet and muddy. It is possible to go through some of the caves. There are glow worms so remember to turn of your head lamb and enjoy.

Thank William M
Warsaw, Poland
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11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed March 21, 2017

Good alternative for Waitomo Caves if you on a budget, adventurous and fit enough. This is a complex of three undeveloped caves located few km from Whangarei. The entrance is free of charge. Parking options are limited to the side of the road. But there are not may cars at the same time. Take a headlamp and good trekking shoes.... More 

Thank Joanna J
County Dublin, Ireland
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5 reviews
5 attraction reviews
Reviewed March 1, 2017

Not a tough caving experience but just hard enough that it isn't as rushed and packed as Waitomo for example. Perfect on a weekday when it was just us. Wear a good pair of boots to get into the tougher places in the cave that are a little flooded and keep an eye out for the eels swimming about. Bring... More 

Thank David B
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60 reviews
52 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 146 helpful votes
Reviewed February 28, 2017

These caves are not 'marshelled/controlled' in any way - so you are on your own!' - no lights and all the other tourist paraphernalia! A rare chance to be a 'real' 'explorer' . That means you are entirely responsible for your actions!. That said, that makes them fairly unusual. They are worth exploring, but not for the faint hearted in... More 

Thank Tessaanddennis
Seattle, Washington
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15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
Reviewed February 20, 2017

Lots of fun. Make sure you have a good light and sturdy footwear, or just take it off. You will get wet, maybe even waist deep. Also keep an eye out for the eels, very cool but can be scary when you're waist deep in water in a pitch black cave!

Thank alexxshaffer
Raleigh, North Carolina
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53 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed February 4, 2017

This is an unusual opportunity to go into caves on your own. Can be a bit risky if you slip on the rocks at the entrance but once you are past the entrance it's much easier going. Must have some sort of light (head light ideal) and good footwear that won't slip but can get wet. If you go inside... More 

Thank Tomra B

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