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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” (186 reviews)
“life cycle” (22 reviews)
“family run” (10 reviews)
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49 Waiomio Road | Waiomio, New Zealand
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+64 9-404 0583
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"glow worms"
in 186 reviews
"life cycle"
in 22 reviews
"family run"
in 10 reviews
"stalactites and stalagmites"
in 13 reviews
"informative guide"
in 12 reviews
"rock formations"
in 9 reviews
"short tour"
in 7 reviews
"milky way"
in 10 reviews
"new zealand"
in 22 reviews
"well worth the visit"
in 9 reviews
"car park"
in 16 reviews
"small group"
in 7 reviews
"guided tour"
in 12 reviews
"personal tour"
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"forest walk"
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"hidden treasure"
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"worth a stop"
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

My husband and I didn’t have time to visit Waitomo so we can’t compare but we were really glad we got a chance to visit this cave. The glow worms themselves are an amazing sight. We got to see them up close and also learn...More

Thank Lxnd2
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Reviewed 4 days ago

My wife and I were passing by and decided to visit the caves, although we had just planned to see them during a ‘Maori evening’. We were so glad we stopped by. It was a rainy day so not sure if that significantly affected visitor...More

Thank Ian_rana
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

These glow worm caves are run by the Mauri family who's land it's on. They are interesting and you will see many glow worms. The tours are run by them and all is explained.

Thank Paul A
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The Kawiti family has owned this land for 400 years. They have done a great job of allowing visiters to see this wonderful site without turning it into a major tourist trap The guides were very friendly and knowledgeable. They took us through the caves...More

Thank Cathy G
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We were in New Zealand three weeks, and this is one of the highlights, since I have never seen anything like this before, as I am from the U.S. and haven't visited Australia yet. It is a family run operation, so it is not very...More

Thank slwsweet
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Reviewed 1 week ago

As you wait to go in the cave there are trails to explore and Maori singers to watch. The cave time is short but enough to see and enjoy the experience. You'll see beautiful stalagmites and stalactites (some dripping on you), plus many glo worms....More

1  Thank ColumbusCruiser2013
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We spent about half an hour in the caves with a talk about the history and geology of the caves and about the glow-worms. It was the last trip of the day, so very quiet. You get very close to them and can see individual...More

4  Thank cngj
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Glow worms are only found in New Zealand and a few places in Australia. You shouldn’t miss an opportunity to see them. I have seen them 3 times and Kawiti Caves was my favorite by far. The cave is gorgeous with limestone stalagmites and stalactites....More

Thank Meredith M
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Kohu and Courtney were perfect, respectful guides for our small family group. Wonderful natural air conditioning escaping the intense summer heat! Gloworms (apparently 86% of the worlds gloworms live in NZ!) were shining bright and you get so close. Loved it. We will be back...More

Thank KeepierWharf
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were visiting the Bay of Islands where my son lives, and he recommended these caves as he'd been a few years ago and enjoyed it. He was astonished that the fee had shot up to $30 dollars (the website was still showing $20). The...More

1  Thank sue_marieUk
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rcapurso
4 February 2018|
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Response from W3Z | Reviewed this property |
Hi. I have Parkinson’s and need a wheelchair to get around anything other than very short distances but I didn’t find the trip to be a problem (without the wheelchair). The trip wasn’t a long one (my memory fades but I think... More
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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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