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Kawiti Caves

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Address: 49 Waiomio Road | Waiomio, New Zealand
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Small family run venture a few minutes from main road. Short boardwalk of approx 200 metres into the caves. Car park is adjacent to entrance. So after a short walk with lights off... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Small family run venture a few minutes from main road. Short boardwalk of approx 200 metres into the caves. Car park is adjacent to entrance. So after a short walk with lights off you see the glow worms. Truly amazing experience. Not a long stop about an hour but worthwhile to see this unique natural occurrence. Guide was informative.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We already saw the lake glowworms through tauranga night kayak activities. But this one is very different. It's a short guided walk into the caves. You can see the worms itself, their fishing threads in proximity. The guide was a lovely young lady who was very accommodative even though we were late. She was very knowledgeable and answered all our... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Very interesting to learn about the life cycle of the glowworms. We had a good guide who explained all about them. I had never seen anything like this, so I was quite impressed. The thousands of glowworms illuminate the ceiling of the caves. The stalagmites and stalactites are also breathtaking. It is an easy walk with few steps.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I don't normally describe attractions as "must-see", as this can be so subjective. But this cave is awesome! This would have to be one of the best value tours my husband and Ihave been on. We had intended to visit other glow worm caves further south later in our trip but we are so glad we found this place, which... More 

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Mangawhai, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a very informative guide. Well worth a visit. Great value for money and would definetly take other people. We were lucky to visit at a time when there were not so many people around. We were told 16 tour buses had been in earlier in the day from cruise ships. Not sure how they would manage that many... More 

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Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

So if you've ever been to the Waitomo Caves in the Waikato then you'll know they are both impressive but very busy and very touristy. These caves are at the other end of touristy - very low key, more personal, historical. The caves are located on a family run farm just off state highway one (don't miss the sign), and... More 

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Epsom, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

On our trip to NZ we wanted to see glow worms, and we certainly saw a lot at Kawiti caves. It was probably a bit expensive at $20 each, but the exchange rate is partly the reason. The young guide was very informative and described the life cycle very clearly and we were able to see some of the glow... More 

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Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

These are not cavernous caves, but well worth seeing - and of course the glow worms are great. The guide gave simple, clear explanations and answered questions well. Sneakers are better than jandals for the caves. And something warm, as it's cold inside.

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went to show cousins from United States glow worms and were very impressed with these caves owned & run by the extended family who own the land. Our guide was Teina (a descendant of the original owners) and he was a friendly informative guide who made the trip very interesting :)

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

small family run caves, and all the guides are also part of the family who own the land. The run small groups, depending who turns up, and don't keep you waiting for more people to join. They are passionate and knowledgeable about the little worms. We loved it- no special level of fitness needed but the boardwalk has steps and... More 

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