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Kawiti Caves

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Address: 49 Waiomio Road | Waiomio, New Zealand
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+64 9-404 0583
09:00 - 16:00
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informative friendly personal experience

Visiting these caves was a favourite experience for the family. We enjoyed hearing the stories of the glow worms told by our informative guide. It was fascinating hearing the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Balnarring, Australia

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Balnarring, Australia
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Visiting these caves was a favourite experience for the family. We enjoyed hearing the stories of the glow worms told by our informative guide. It was fascinating hearing the family connections and learning about the Maori culture . The tour was very personal. Our guide also shared her knowledge of the vegetation and some Maori stories. We loved the bush... More 

Thank Kla04
Melbourne, Australia
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28 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Well worth a visit if you are going past. Small cave with safe board walks, still owned by the same family for a couple of centuries, lots of glow worms. Very informative guide for the 30 minute walk. Lovely picnic area.

Thank lees42
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Well worth the visit. Awesome glow worms (puratoke)in an awesome cave with stalactites and stalagmites . Nice forest walk as well.

Thank Raenobleadams
Sandy, Utah
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16 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

What a hidden treasure! This was one of my families favorite places we visited on the North Island. We loved the personal family connection of our tour guide and the stories and information provided about glowworms and this cave.

Thank joyous-traveler2015
Brisbane, Australia
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8 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were pretty bummed when we had to cut Waitomo out of our trip because of the ticket cost, so when we saw the sign for Kawiti caves when driving up to Pai Hia, my sister and I had to stop and check it out. We weren't disappointed. At $20 NZ dollars a person, the 30 minute tour was well... More 

1 Thank corrievangessel
Saugus, Massachusetts
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57 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The caves have the insect larvae that glow like stars in the night. Great tour buy family that own the property.

Thank Frank-Phyllis
Auckland, New Zealand
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48 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Owned and operated by a friendly and knowledgeable family, the caves are a nice little stop between Whangarei and Paihia for everyone in the family. Compared to the Waitomo Glow Worm Caves, this one offers "up to the face" views of the worms and their lights and the entrance fee is more affordable at NZ$25 per person. The guides will... More 

Thank lokety
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18 reviews
13 attraction reviews
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Have driven past here on a number of occasions. Finally stopped with my husband and ten month old. I feel it is well worth the stop. It is a beautiful place. It is a reasonable price and the glow worm tour is interesting and cool. I love glow worms. Run by local Maori you get a good history of the... More 

Thank Josi F
Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
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99 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Loved this place. When we got there, we were welcomed warmly and while we were waiting for the next tour, they suggested we walk up a track to look at some very funky rock formations and the bush above the caves - well worth doing. The cave tour was fun and very informative and they take safety seriously. When they... More 

Thank Jacqui T
1 review
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Magical tour under a Milky Way of glow worms! Lovely staff, well maintained board walk - higher gem:)

Thank Christelle B

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