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Reviewed 26 October 2020 via mobile

Unfortunately, due to flooding we couldn’t enjoy the full experience but what we saw was so worthwhile. The full experience included a native bush walk assessable from the top of the cave which had been blocked. Our guide (a member of the original family) was interesting and knowledgeable. And the spectacular glowworms looked like a miniature version of the Milky Way!

Date of experience: October 2020
Thank annieskilling
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Reviewed 16 October 2020

Truly an awesome sight. A full galaxy of glow worms above our heads. It was amazing. Our tour guide was a super friendly chap, very knowledgeable on the caves history.

Date of experience: October 2020
Thank dawnrG9943SA
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Reviewed 9 October 2020

Quite costly for a shortish tour but worth it if you've got the discretionary dollars. This 30-minute walk into the caves (the full walk through to the other side wasn't available due to flooding) gave us plenty of opportunity to see the glowworms and cave formations and to hear all the interesting stuff the tour guide (whose grandfather opened the caves to the public in the 1940s) told us. The kids (2 and 6) were a little scared when we had to turn off the torches and a bit bored listening to the tour guide in the dark, but the grownups absolutely loved it. An added bonus is that it's unspoilt and not too busy and the location is wonderful, with a walk available up the hill where you can view the limestone exteriors.

Date of experience: October 2020
Thank beautmusic
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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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