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“Absolute must do in NZ”
Review of Nikau Cave

Nikau Cave
Ranked #1 of 1 things to do in Waikaretu
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Reviewed July 20, 2014

This is a truly amazing experience for anyone looking for a true caving experience.

You will get wet - you will crawl, you will squeeze through, you will crouch - and all in the stream.. But, it is so worth it.

There are stunning stalactites, stalacmites, columns, glowworms, etc.. The hosts are really welcoming and friendly.

The cafe afterwards serves great food and drinks - perfect to end the day on.. Had I known there was onsite accommodation, I would have stayed.. Thanks guys for an amazing day :)
Wendy (Auckland)..

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Reviewed July 8, 2014

If you want a "real" caving adventure head to Nikau. Our guides, Nick and Emily led us across farmland and down into the bowels of the earth. There were stalactites, stalagmites, columns and glow worms. The trek was not for the faint of heart or the claustrophobic. There were narrow passages and and spots where you had to crawl avoiding rocks. Getting wet was part of the adventure.

There's a lovely cafe on the grounds. Perfect for a pre cave coffee or a post tour lunch.

If you like adventure and hidden, non commercialized gems, head to Nikau.

2  Thank Denise2015
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Reviewed July 6, 2014

So you'll get wet - you will crawl on your front in a cold stream. If that's OK with you then this is a great trip. The cave is beautifully decorated with natural formations and it is a solid hour of caving, not stopping every couple of minutes to stand around listening to the (excellent) guide Philip talk about its history or the natural features. It is non-stop and worth every penny of the fee.

Be warned - this is not a show cave with a footpath, lighting and rails. You will wriggle, crawl, climb and slither. Having said that a 6 y.o. boy on our trip had no problem. Bring a change of everything to wear, including undies (did I say you'll get really wet?), hiking boots, shorts and a warmish top are ideal even in winter.

Hot shower and good food available afterwards and a warm fire.

1  Thank Steve W
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Reviewed June 18, 2014

While definitely off the beaten path, this is totally worth it. The caves are so wonderful, but warning...you will get wet! Wear clothes you don't mind crawling in water in. It will be an experience you never forget and the glow worms are almost as amazing as your guide and all the life experience he has. Lunch after the tour at the cafe is a must!

1  Thank kemazz
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Reviewed June 8, 2014

We headed to the caves on Friday night and stayed in the 1 bedroom apartment as well as a room with 2 more beds. The accommodation is adequate. It was a bit cold with only a small radiator heater and no curtain on a large window. The sheets on the main bed were extremely pilled and you could not sleep directly on them as they were really bad. They should have been thrown away This accommodation was $120 per night for the apartment and an extra $60 for 2 people in the room with beds only. At $120 I would expect a little more comfort.
Anyway on to the positives
The hosts Anne and Philip were a delight. They made you feel very welcome and treated us like we were part of the extended family. They have still retained genuine old fashioned Kiwi hospitality, which is a delight.
The outdoor area around the cafe is lovely and the whole place has a relaxed and tranquil feel.
It is a place that is definitely worth visiting.
As for the caves. We all did the cave the next morning and it is a MUST. It has great formations, lots of variety and the bit of adventure with getting wet and crawling through tight spaces.
We were able to come back to our accommodation and have showers even though we would have been way past checkout time in a more touristy place.
This is something that you should put on your To Do list.
It will not disappoint.

1  Thank JBRHam
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