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Abbey Caves

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Address: Abbey Caves Road, Whangarei, New Zealand
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Wild and Wooley so close to Town

Although this walk was very hot, the caves are interesting and well maintained. Dogs are allowed which is nice, and the cars are watched over by volunteers. Worth the walk!

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Emma B
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Whangarei, New Zealand
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Whangarei, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Although this walk was very hot, the caves are interesting and well maintained. Dogs are allowed which is nice, and the cars are watched over by volunteers. Worth the walk!

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Thank Emma B
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is "must go place". I spent about 30 minutes in each cave,it was a bit hard to get down to the cave with dark,better prepare head torches,and also you will need sandals. In cave, we can see thousands of glow worms when turned off torches ,just as the stars hang out a clean sky at night in summer!

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Auckland, New Zealand
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Watch out for thieves breaking your car. They have very nice City Safe Community Volunteers watching but you can still have your car broken damaged.

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Thank MrH784
Greater Adelaide, Australia
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We arrived and discovered that parking was on the side of the road. After we had walked down a number of steps and slopes we got to the signage that explained that certequiment was required to see the caves. I really think this information should have been available at the start where we parked the cars so for those unprepared... More 

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Thank Gwen U
Whangarei, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016

A bit of fitness needed for this attraction , so not for everyone. Great show of glow worms. Not for claustraphobics as a bit tight in places

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Bay of Plenty Region, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2016

As we were staying at Little Earth Lodge for a few days, we paid the Caves, just adjacent to the Lodge a visit. This is definitely not an activity for young children or for tourists who like to visit a cave with walkways - but it is exciting - and be prepared to get wet and dirty. In the lodge... More 

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Whangarei, Northland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2016

Not only are the caves fabulous and very worthwhile an exploration, we are also particularly taken by the Rock forest. We have been living in Whangarei for many, many years and are never getting tired of roaming around between the mossy, rocky, wondrous formations and peeking into the caves themselves. In our younger years we were in and out of... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

I visited all three caves in October. The parking space is a bit scarce but I had luck. The path is a bit muddy but you should wear footwear that can get wet anyways. It's a good idea to wear a headlamp because you need you hands to climb into the caves. Amazing how you can the underground waters flow.... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2016 via mobile

Be prepared! We arrived on a day that it had been absolutely pouring down and everything was covered in mud (I totally stacked it in a paddock walking to the caves and whilst I thought it was hilarious and a great adventure, others may not feel the same!) We're staying at the beautiful Little Earth Lodge and they rented us... More 

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Kaitaia, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2016 via mobile

We were staying at the little earth lodge next door and they recommended the caves so we got a head torch, helmet and shoes and map from owners at a cost of $7 and set off. We first walked up the hill and checked out the amazing rock formations and old growth forest trees it really was spectacular. Then entered... More 

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