Kawiti Caves

Kawiti Caves, Kawakawa: Hours, Address, Kawiti Caves Reviews: 4.5/5

Kawiti Caves
4.5
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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1-2 hours
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kiwikids2015
Hamilton, New Zealand41 contributions
Milk Way Extravaganza
May 2021
The cave is amazing with its glow worms and our guide was informative and entertaining. We a lot about glow worms and the local history
Written 3 June 2021
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rachandwes
Tauranga, New Zealand21 contributions
Definitely worth the stop
Jul 2020
Great tour. The tour guides were knowledgable and engaging. Great atmosphere and family run business. Interesting history and cultural information. Who knew glow worms are only found in New Zealand and Australia! The short walk back over the top was neat too. We enjoyed a picnic here too before heading back on our way.
Written 11 January 2021
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Janine M
New Plymouth, New Zealand10 contributions
Worth the stop
Dec 2020 • Family
Great tour. Really well set up experience. Knowledgeable guide and great coffee available plus clean toilets. Caves were awesome. Good value for money tour. Glad we stopped in.
Written 30 December 2020
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Compass553439
1 contribution
Glad we made this unplanned stop.
Dec 2020
An excellent experience for us and our 6 year old. Our guide was knowledgeable and funny. Even though the end part of the cave system was under renovation, the half hour tours was just right. We spent some time outside in the surrounding areas, very beautiful.
Written 22 December 2020
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annieskilling
Ellerslie, New Zealand25 contributions
Beautiful Glowworms!
Oct 2020 • Couples
Unfortunately, due to flooding we couldn’t enjoy the full experience but what we saw was so worthwhile. The full experience included a native bush walk assessable from the top of the cave which had been blocked. Our guide (a member of the original family) was interesting and knowledgeable. And the spectacular glowworms looked like a miniature version of the Milky Way!
Written 25 October 2020
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D R and P B
Christchurch, New Zealand1 contribution
Well worth it
Oct 2020 • Family
Truly an awesome sight. A full galaxy of glow worms above our heads. It was amazing. Our tour guide was a super friendly chap, very knowledgeable on the caves history.
Written 15 October 2020
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beautmusic
Dargaville, New Zealand39 contributions
Lovely experience for grownups and older children
Oct 2020
Quite costly for a shortish tour but worth it if you've got the discretionary dollars. This 30-minute walk into the caves (the full walk through to the other side wasn't available due to flooding) gave us plenty of opportunity to see the glowworms and cave formations and to hear all the interesting stuff the tour guide (whose grandfather opened the caves to the public in the 1940s) told us. The kids (2 and 6) were a little scared when we had to turn off the torches and a bit bored listening to the tour guide in the dark, but the grownups absolutely loved it. An added bonus is that it's unspoilt and not too busy and the location is wonderful, with a walk available up the hill where you can view the limestone exteriors.
Written 9 October 2020
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Rachael M
Wellington, New Zealand6 contributions
Wonderful
Oct 2020 • Family
Our family loved this experience. So interesting and fun to do. Well worth the trip. Family run and a real treasure
Written 7 October 2020
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Kiwiana13
Christchurch, New Zealand59 contributions
A magical experience- truly a taonga!
Sep 2020 • Family
While touring Northland we decided to stop at the Kawiti caves to see the glow worms. This is a whānau run operation, as our guide Summer explained - this cave is on land held by her whānau for hundreds of years.

We waited in the picnic area for the tour to start and were entertained by a few cheeky piwakawaka that seemed almost tame, they came so close.

Summer guided us through the caves, explaining the features of limestone and the glow worm lifecycle. The three main caverns have varying numbers of glow worms; the most spectacular is the middle cavern- the Milky Way. We could see the glow worms up close by the light of the lanterns provided. At the end of the tour Summer sang a beautiful waiata in the Milky Way cavern- such a magical experience!

At the end of the cave tour, we explored the bushwalk.

Overall this was well worth the entry price!
Written 3 October 2020
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Di_M38
Lower Hutt, New Zealand32 contributions
A rare Taonga
Sep 2020
We really enjoyed seeing glowworms close up and hearing about this precious and sacred place from our guide. It really is a privilege to be able to visit the cave on private land and to hear about how it was discovered. Currently, the passage right through the cave to the other entrance is inaccessible due to flooding and slips on that hillside. However, this did not diminish the experience at all. There are so many glowworms and as you move further into the cave they get brighter and brighter. The raised walkway was very well maintained and made this a very safe experience for the semi dark conditions. We really enjoyed this wonderful taonga.
Written 12 September 2020
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