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Good time into the caves

For all the people who like cave and a little of adventure, this place is for you. The first thing... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Buenos Aires, Argentina
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Highlight of our trip to NZ!

We went to all 3 caves and it was the most incredible experience ever! We totally did it with our... read more

Reviewed 18 August 2018
Jan L
Toronto, Canada
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Abbey Caves Road, Whangarei, New Zealand
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

For all the people who like cave and a little of adventure, this place is for you. The first thing, this cave is not so touristic and it's free. So, you have to enter into the cave (this is the only part hard) and then...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Dilandro-Adan
Reviewed 18 August 2018

We went to all 3 caves and it was the most incredible experience ever! We totally did it with our kids ages 8 and 10. It was a big adventure. Make sure you bring headlamps for everyone and go slowly. The water levels can vary...More

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Jan L
Reviewed 7 August 2018

I loved it! Wasn't fully prepared to be honest. I wouldn't say these caves are very easy to get into and if you do go you will need real equipment such as a headlight and some shoes with some serious grips . It didn't deter...More

Date of experience: December 2017
1  Thank SamMoz86
Reviewed 26 June 2018

Sightseeing could never be so bad as to travel to these caves. Badly signed, no real access to the caves.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank ALAN E
Reviewed 5 April 2018 via mobile

This was so amazing. We only went into the first cave 'Organ Cave' as that's all we had time for. We walked about 100m in with no end in sight. We had to walk through flowing cold water which at some parts was up to...More

Date of experience: April 2018
4  Thank Anna W
Reviewed 5 March 2018

It's a nice walk but not one that has the amazing water views compared with the rest of the area - it's a bush walk on an old homestead. The caves are quite amazing, we found that the third cave was easiest to get and...More

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank traciegila
Reviewed 24 February 2018 via mobile

We’ve been meaning to go here for years but I’m glad we waited until our youngest is 10. Beautiful caves, and lots of glow worms, eels and freshwater crayfish (koura). Wear good shoes and and head lamps would be better than our hand held torches....More

Date of experience: February 2018
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Reviewed 16 February 2018 via mobile

Great place to go by car or hitchhike (could walk as well). It is for free and is a great visual and physical experience. <3

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank Jannis H
Reviewed 8 February 2018

There are three small limestone caves, all carved by the same stream, as it surfaces and then disappears. The first cave is over 300m long. You follow it, walking upstream, then turn around and walk back. You will get wet and dirty, and you need...More

Date of experience: February 2018
8  Thank jonathannevill
Reviewed 7 February 2018 via mobile

These caves are really something else! I’d say you need to be one brave soul to be able to go trough here. If you are claustrophobic, then probably best to skip these one out. It’s a bit of a walk going down to the caves...More

Date of experience: February 2018
2  Thank Nadine V
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Lindsey T
23 October 2017|
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Response from Nadine V | Reviewed this property |
Abbey caves does not offer guided tour, nor has had any health and safety checks. It is an enter at your own risk caves. But if you want to exploring without a tour guide then yes, you would still see glow worms there. Just... More