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Reviewed 7 October 2020

Our family loved this experience. So interesting and fun to do. Well worth the trip. Family run and a real treasure

Date of experience: October 2020
Thank Rachael M
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Reviewed 3 October 2020 via mobile

While touring Northland we decided to stop at the Kawiti caves to see the glow worms. This is a whānau run operation, as our guide Summer explained - this cave is on land held by her whānau for hundreds of years.

We waited in the picnic area for the tour to start and were entertained by a few cheeky piwakawaka that seemed almost tame, they came so close.

Summer guided us through the caves, explaining the features of limestone and the glow worm lifecycle. The three main caverns have varying numbers of glow worms; the most spectacular is the middle cavern- the Milky Way. We could see the glow worms up close by the light of the lanterns provided. At the end of the tour Summer sang a beautiful waiata in the Milky Way cavern- such a magical experience!

At the end of the cave tour, we explored the bushwalk.

Overall this was well worth the entry price!

Date of experience: September 2020
Thank Kiwiana13
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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
Thank Di_M38
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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
Thank nw599
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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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