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Kawiti Caves

Closes in 19 min: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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49 Waiomio Road, Kawakawa 0210, New Zealand
+64 9-404 0583
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Reviewed yesterday

We thoroughly enjoyed our tour of the Kawiti Caves. Our guide was a charming girl who told us all about the history of the caves and explained the lifecycle of glow-worms in an engaging and interesting way. Very enjoyable!

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank H B
Reviewed 2 days ago

Maori family run business, easy access on foot, narrow passages, educational, cultural. Great in comparison to other glow worm caves.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank bouncytigger20
Reviewed 1 week ago

A wonderful experience, the guide excellent and very knowledgeable, fascinating to listen to. We also liked that he had a sense of humour and knowing there were aussies in the group had a few friendly digs ( like we do with kiwis) To experience this...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank MarieClem2504
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A very well led tour of the glowworm caves, which have remained in the family for generations. It's great to be supporting the family run cave tour business. Our tour guide was a great story teller which made for such a good experience. Thoroughly enjoyed...More

Date of experience: February 2019
1  Thank S7144PPgaryt
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A fantastic place for everyone to visit, With recent renovations its changed since my last visit, its so much more professional now but still has that "family feel" about the place. The young staff are very knowledgeable and run a great tour with a wonderful...More

Date of experience: March 2019
1  Thank KRIndiatrip
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

the most romantic place i took my wife on for our honeymoon being origanlly from that area i felt a massive reconnection to the upper north region where my ancestors are from also .thanks to the beautiful stories told by our guide harry getting deep...More

Date of experience: February 2019
1  Thank Kaireka
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

These family owned caves are a refreshing retreat from overcrowded tourist sites. But only if you get there early at opening. The caves are very interesting and the tour guides are informative and very friendly. Also, take the Bush walk outside of the caves when...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank aluckart
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you don't have a chance to get to Waitomo, these caves might suffice. They are family owned and provide Maori performance, tour of caves, and an optional small bush walk return to the entrance. Stella Schmid (her name hides a proud Maori underneath) of...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank happywanderer0082015
Reviewed 15 February 2019

It does feel like you are in a crowd - a lot of simultaneous tours, packed close together, running into each other on the single walkway in and out. But if you want to learn about the glow worms, and see them, it is well...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Richard R
Reviewed 12 February 2019

Before our trip to the far north we actually weren't aware that these caves existed. But around a half-hour from Paihia, and we were there. We had an amazing, very knowledgeable, young tour guide, Kohu, who really impressed us. Both the children and ourselves really...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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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.
Anuj P
6 December 2015|
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