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Reviewed 12 September 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.

Date of experience: September 2020
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Reviewed 6 September 2020

Absolutely loved this. The family owned business is so worth supporting and the stories behind it all makes it so much better.

Date of experience: September 2020
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Reviewed 5 September 2020 via mobile

What a fantastic hidden gem. Thousands of gloworms and lovely stories from our guide “summer”. This family owned land and attraction is simply a must see and do while in the bay of islands. You will not find this many gloworms in a single cave anywhere else.

Date of experience: September 2020
Thank Melmac6
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Coastal44235018825, Tour Guide/supervisor at Kawiti Caves, responded to this reviewResponded 6 September 2020

thankyou for visiting our caves

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Reviewed 30 August 2020

We found this attraction online before going to NZ in 2019 so we are a bit late posting
a review, we didn't book just turned up while driving back to Auckland from Phahia off SH1 ,we had a small group of about 12 and we stood in a line and every other person was given a light so we could follow the guide into the caves Sorry no photos as not allowed in caves.We saw plenty of gloworms especially when lights off,and we were told the life of a glow worm very interesting and how the caves were found (nothing about a deep chasm) you come out on the otherside of the cave above ground level then left to make your way back to the carpark through wooded area along a path.
The staff were very pleasant value for money glad we did not book a big tour else where at 3x the value I have put visit for September 2019 to fill requirements actually went March 2019

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank SteveandBarb1
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Reviewed 9 August 2020

Great personal tour by our guide, good knowledge of the history, area, great sense of humour. Got a lot of local knowledge and recommendations too. Learnt a lot and was not too far away from Paihia. Highly recommend at any time of year however best to ring ahead and check first as there had been recent flooding.

Date of experience: August 2020
Thank JuliaD1139
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