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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
Adventurers come hither

I loved it! Wasn't fully prepared to be honest. I wouldn't say these caves are very easy to get... read more

Reviewed 7 August 2018
Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
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“glow worms”(48 reviews)
Abbey Caves Road, Whangarei, New Zealand
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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

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

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.

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

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

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

Thank kyliejf
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

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

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

2  Thank Nadine V
Reviewed 28 December 2017

Just outside Whangarei, the three caves make an excellent alternative to Waipu Caves but are sufficiently different to justify visiting both systems. Like Waipu, they are free and entry is not regulated. A leisurely loop track round the reserve, without entering any caves, takes about...More

9  Thank vivt751
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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