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Kawiti Caves

49 Waiomio Road | Waiomio, New Zealand
+64 9-404 0583
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5.5-Hour Bay of Islands Shore Excursion from Waitangi Wharf
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“glow worms” (178 reviews)
“bush walk” (30 reviews)
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49 Waiomio Road | Waiomio, New Zealand
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+64 9-404 0583
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit here. There were only two others in our group so it was nice to have a more personal experience. There is no photography allowed inside the caves. The glow worms were amazing to see. Our guide was very informative and...More

1  Thank Sue H
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

If you like to feel like you're on an adventure this is a great place to visit. When we visited there were no other visitors touring the caves which was really nice. The tour guide, she was extremely informative, friendly and professional. While we explored...More

1  Thank Preston H
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Reviewed 9 May 2018

As we were staying in Kerikeri and an extremely rainy day, we decided to visit the caves instead of Waitomo. In a small group (which helps), our guide explained in depth all about the glow worms, how they catch their prey and how long they...More

1  Thank Angela M
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Reviewed 3 May 2018 via mobile

This is a visit to a cave with bioluminescent worms. Even though there are very few places to see such a phenomenon, we almost didn't do this activity because I envisioned worms falling from the cave ceilings onto my head! I was SO wrong. The...More

1  Thank traveldiva5
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Reviewed 2 May 2018 via mobile

Enjoyed this tour very much. The glow worms are spectacular. We were lucky enough to have a family member give us a tour of the cave. Very interesting history. Very genuine site that is not commercialized. Well worth the admission price.

1  Thank srgauger
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Reviewed 1 May 2018

We toured the Kawiti Glow worm caves a few weeks ago as part of a cruise ship shore excursion with Shore Trips and Tours. Our guide, Michael, managed to get us to the caves before the large buses arrived. It was wonderful to be part...More

1  Thank B0bNM
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Reviewed 19 April 2018 via mobile

I have just read many of the other reviews with interest as we visited here without any other knowledge than that the caves existed. We live near another of New Zealand’s great glow worm caves - the Te Ana-au caves, so wondered whether or not...More

2  Thank Wendy D
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Reviewed 9 April 2018

$30 NZ Dollars each. No concessions. Half of the cave is closed off for 'renovation' work meaning you stand in total darkness with your head cranked upwards to see the glow worms. Definitely would not recommend a visit at that price.

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Reviewed 3 April 2018 via mobile

With our very knowledgeable and friendly tourguide Ricky leading the way into this magical cave, lamps in hand we were taken on a journey 65 feet underground. Lamps off and darkness descending the limestone ceilings were illuminated like a night sky. This is a great...More

2  Thank 2k-raspberry
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Reviewed 28 March 2018

If you haven't seen glow worms, then this is a great place to see them! The guided tour was informative and yes, when they turn off the lights, you will see glow worms! Enjoyed the tour and small group visit. The cave path is mostly...More

2  Thank dkata94598
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rcapurso
4 February 2018|
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Response from Barrovian134 | Reviewed this property |
I need both knees replacing and found it no problem at all. There a few steps and low hanging rocks but nothing too bad. Worth the pain.
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Anuj P
6 December 2015|
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Response from glowormwhisperer | Property representative |
Hi there , thanks for your inquiry. Our caves are located 18 kilometres from the Paihia wharf. There are shuttle tour services that leave from Paihia wharf to our caves, they can be booked through the Bay of Islands I-Site... More
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