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Review of Kawiti Caves

Kawiti Caves
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Shore Excursion: Bay of Islands Sightseeing Tour
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Gladstone, Australia
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Reviewed April 25, 2013

What a great option for seeing glow worms. We left Paihia, stopped at Kawakawa then headed south. Not far down the road was a sign for the caves. Easy access & a bargain price for the tour. Loved the fact that it's family run. Great walkways with a few steps. Guide was excellent with so much knowledge & lots of stories to share. We really enjoyed when the lanterns were off & we were in darkness - great atmosphere & we saw loads of glow worms. The forest walk to finish was beautiful (it's a bit up & down hill). Kids loved the tour & learnt heaps. So glad we stopped.

Visited April 2013
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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“Short sweet glowworm cave off the beaten track”
Reviewed March 24, 2013

For glowworm viewing this is a great option outside touristy Waitomo-hype. Kawiti is easy access, just off the main road going north, and the guided tour is short, but sweet. Cave has plenty of interesting formations and lots of glowworms. The guide was also engaging and knowledgeable, however being at the tail end of the group sometimes we didn't catch what she said. If that was because we were slow or she was speedy - I don't know. The forest walk back to the parking area was also really nice with interesting rock formations.
It is only a 200m walk-through cave so it's basically over in 15min, which was great for us on an ambitious NZ tourist schedule, but if you'd rather immerse yourself in caves and glowworms I would probably recommend investing a day or so in Waitomo, which is obviously pricier too.

Visited March 2013
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Billingham, United Kingdom
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“Very enjoyable”
Reviewed March 17, 2013

We stopped at the caves as a break on our journey back to Auckland and are really glad that we did. The tour through the caves lasts about 20 mins and then there is a very pleasant bush walk of about 15 mins to get back to the car park. Our guide through the caves, George, was excellent and managed to convey a lot of information in a very light-hearted and friendly manner. Several times the lights were turned off to allow us to see the glow-worms in all their glory. The walkway that you use is well maintained and with handrails to help you. There are a few steps to climb but nothing very strenuous. The cave also has some impressive stalactites and stalagmites. The temperature while cool was not exactly cold and made a pleasant change to the heat outside. The cost of the tour is $15 an adult which seemed very reasonable to me. Overall we found it a very enjoyable experience.

Visited March 2013
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Reviewed March 15, 2013

These caves are a little gem. The access to the caves is really easy and the entrance fee is a very reasonable NZD15 per person (an awful lot less than other glow-worm caves we saw). Our young guide was absolutely brilliant - very knowledgeable and very caring of a couple in our party who had a young baby). When the lights were extinguished, we saw the magical sight of the glow-worms: it was breathtaking. The way out of the cave was via a very steep path through the bush (not suitable for wheelchairs etc.).

Visited February 2013
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“A great trip”
Reviewed March 12, 2013

Our group of nine New Zealanders understood that those who were a bit frail wouldn't be able to go through the caves so two of us stayed in the grounds and enjoyed the wait in beautiful surroundings. The rest of us had a brilliant tour! The young guide was so helpful, friendly and knowledgable. When we turn the lamps off to better see the glow worms the dark is BLACK. I can see how little kids might be afraid so shouldn't join a group and ruin it for others. We will recommend this wonderful tour provided by locals without any flashy props. Well done Kawiti family, this is a grat attraction.

Visited March 2013
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