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Waipu Cave

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Amazing (first experience with glow worms in a cave)

Firstly i have to say that was my first experience in New Zealand and so my first glow worn cave, I... read more

Reviewed 23 August 2018
Christian B
Telgate, Italy
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If You're Not Afraid of the Dark and Like Glow Worms

The Caves are a short but windy drive off State Highway just north of the Waipu Turn off. (SH1 take... read more

Reviewed 17 May 2018
Auckland, New Zealand
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  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“glow worms”(35 reviews)
“car park”(7 reviews)
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Waipu Caves Road, Waipu, New Zealand
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Reviewed 23 August 2018 via mobile

Firstly i have to say that was my first experience in New Zealand and so my first glow worn cave, I didn’t went yet in other more famous caves. Amazing! You park close to some hills, then you enter in the forest, some meters and...More

2  Thank Christian B
Reviewed 17 May 2018

The Caves are a short but windy drive off State Highway just north of the Waipu Turn off. (SH1 take either Shoemaker Road, from Waipu or Springfield Road from the north.) The entrance to the Caves is from a public reserve which has toilets and...More

2  Thank Noel18289
Reviewed 13 May 2018

Beautiful experience. When you enter to the cave, keep going further to the dark and at the end turn your lights and enjoy the galaxy. Take watershoes and lgihts!!!

2  Thank Tomáš T
Reviewed 1 May 2018

Cave entry very accessible from carpark. The Caves are an amazing natural wonder and definitely worth a visit. You could spend at least an hour there if you venture way in. The main glowworm cavern is 50-70 meters from the entrance and you can stand...More

4  Thank angelaannie
Reviewed 16 April 2018 via mobile

Not many people in there (10/4) and you get to explore it mostly by yourself, crouch beneath stones and walk in thigh-deep water (if you go until the end of the cave). We were awed by the amount of glow worms that were hanging all...More

1  Thank Elironmage
Reviewed 13 April 2018 via mobile

The cave is amazing. (But there is only one really awesome cave). The sign is very deceiving and makes you think that by doing the walk you will discover more awesome caves....... but you will not! After about 200 metres on the track you will...More

2  Thank richie78nelson
Reviewed 12 April 2018 via mobile

We visited the cave after heavy rain the night before. First: bring torches / Flashlights Second: be aware that your feed will get wet. However, the stream is about 3 to 4 fingers deep. But that depends i guess. It is awesome to go in...More

1  Thank peterhG245SV
Reviewed 26 March 2018 via mobile

For 56 years I have driven past the turnoff to the Caves and now will recommend it to our guests staying at our B&B in Whangarei. The Waipu Caves are a 13km road (towards the end some of the road is unsealed)to get to the...More

1  Thank JennieB509
Reviewed 18 February 2018

We were there over the rainy weekend. The track to the cave was quite muddy and slippery. We saw several people daringly walked with loafers and had to balance very well to avoid slipping into the water. To be able to see amazing view, one...More

2  Thank jflesdeux
Reviewed 13 February 2018

We often bring friends to this special place - It only takes a minute to get to the entrance of the cave from the car park - then the fun and adventure begins. Very easy for all ages - don't forget some old shoes and...More

2  Thank bsemaj_New_Zealand
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Yaya M
12 January 2018|
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Response from theresaamh | Reviewed this property |
Well, we saw several people camping in the parking lot so depending on where you are planing to stay it could be ok. However saying this, the gravel road is pretty difficult to navigate in places, narrow etc so I would be... More
3 April 2017|
Response from Royalcourtier | Reviewed this property |
The main caves extend to some 300 metres.
6 January 2017|
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Response from Royalcourtier | Reviewed this property |
According to the sign on the highway it is 6 kms, from either Maungaturoto or the highway.