Abbey Caves

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angelaannie
Auckland, New Zealand6 contributions
May 2022 • Family
My daughter and I had a ball, father wasn’t keen! We had come prepared with head torches and water shoes, so we didn’t mind getting wet. These caves are not for the “ tourists “ who want to drive to the door and see some awesome caves. You have to be prepared to walk to them, scramble around rocks, get a bit wet and dirty. I wouldn’t recommend going into the caves for young children as the rocks are large and they wouldn’t have the reach to grip the boulders. But the surrounding rock formations outside of the caves are amazing!! So much fun had here playing hide and seek, climbing ect. Very unique rocks.
We went right through the middle cave(organ cave) popped out 159m later, steep entry and exit was tricky. Hadn’t had a lot of rain, so water was only ankle deep. Other caves looked a bit more challenging.
Written 15 May 2022
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Anaïs B
7 contributions
Jan 2021
The track to the caves is really easy. We only have done one cave as it was physical enough to go till the end. Please don't forget to bring head torch and good shoes as it might be slippery inside.
It's a really cool thing to do, think about turning your head torch off from time to time to enjoy the glow worms.
We were alone in the caves and it made this moment even more magic with only the sound of the water dropping on the rocks
Written 26 January 2021
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bailiej757
Seattle, WA341 contributions
Mar 2020
The caves are a great one day adventure and free. There are 3 caves located in a limestone park. You absolutely need a light, one that you wear on your head for each person is best. There is water flowing in all the caves from ankle to chest deep so wear appropriate foot wear as it is very slippery almost throughout. The water level will also change with rain. The caves are accessible for most people in good shape. You do have to climb down boulders to enter the caves. It it not recommended for small children or elderly people. Parking is limited to the side of the road and thefts are a problem so don't leave anything in your car.
Written 16 March 2020
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dasco474
Dwight, IL258 contributions
Dec 2019
We went prepared - I was hoping to find a cave like this o our New Zealand trip. We have several bright headlamps and proper footgear for scaling wet rocks and slogging through watery caves. My daughter and I love when you can find places like this - not over run with tourists or homogenized for the masses. These caves can be tough to climb down into and yes, you have to plan and bring lights and yes, plan and bring correct footgear, but that is part of the experience. I passed up the well advertised "Glow Worm Caves" so I didn't have to commune with the masses and found the little beauties right here for free. The walk through the property is amazing and climbing into the cattle pastures is a different experience. There are amazing rock formations here - very well worth the hike! I loved my morning here at Abbey Caves!
Written 30 January 2020
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Michael B
Melbourne, Australia611 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
You have to be well prepared for these. Footwear that can get wet, strong head torch, helmet and strong knees. The entrances to the caves are steep and slippery. Almost dangerous. However, even if you don’t go down the caves, the terrain is amazing for the one hour walk. Rock formations like another planet.
Written 20 January 2020
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Jörg T
Whangarei, New Zealand14 contributions
Dec 2019
Easy access (10 mins by car from city centre, then 10 min walk downhill).
You shouldn't be afraid to wade in an underground river knee depp, wear at least 2 torches (headlight recommended) and good footwear that can be used in water.
only the first 20 metres are a climb down some slightly wet muddy rocks, then it is basically walking in an underground stream. In Nov(Dec it was not to cold to wade fo about an hour.
95 % of the time I could walk upright (I am 193cm tall), only little obstacles on the way (2m traversing or wade hip deep).
Main bonus:
almost empty if you go early (before 10 am), easy orientation
(follow the river),
free with fantastic glowworms (switch of the torch and there they are ... like stars in the sky)
Nice stalagtite sin Organ Cave
Cool 70cm eels are swimming in the river and inspect your legs/feet very leisurely ... interesting encounter
Organ Cave - the biggest - can be done in about 1.5 hrs from parking lot (about 1hr return actually in cave)

It is not dangerous as such but:
Don't go alone or inform someone ...
Take at least 1 spare torch ... make sure your light also works when wet.
Check the weather: After/during rainfalls or when these are expected it is dangerous, as the water levels can massively rise very quickly!
Do not go in if you are not comfortable with immersing in cold water knee or hip deep, confined spaces or climbing (short passages) over wet rock.
Written 8 January 2020
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Fit n beats
7 contributions
Jan 2020 • Family
Enjoyed the drive and the walk to the caves.Free entry, good shoes,shorts,head torch recommended to get inside the caves.
Written 1 January 2020
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Juliaguliadavies
Townsville, Australia188 contributions
Oct 2019
the caves are explore at your own risk, so DO NOT go if you are not experienced, but if you have some experience in caving, rocklcimbing etc then take your torch and go and explore some amazing wet caves - look out for eels.
if not, you can walk around the perimeter, there are some good rock features worth visiting
Written 8 November 2019
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amanda l
12 contributions
May 2019 • Family
Was a great afternoon exploring, we found middle cave the easiest with younger kids 5,7 and 11 spent quite a while venturing in and seeing the glow worms a first for the kids, 1st and 2rd caves we decided not to enter due to not being prepared with proper shoes and head torches. Easy walk but a few fences to climb over.
Written 15 May 2019
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Natalia T
Singapore, Singapore2,233 contributions
Mar 2019 • Friends
The Abbey Caves actually consist of 3 undeveloped limestone caves in that area. I only went to the entrance of the Organ Cave. I did not go in as I was not equipped. You would need a torch and be prepared to get wet to hip level. I met 2 guys who emerged soaked till their hips. They said it was very beautiful and looked like stacked pancakes. A circular track of 1300 metres leads you to the 3 caves.
Written 11 April 2019
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