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Abbey Caves

Abbey Caves Road, Whangarei, New Zealand
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Awesome and for free!

Great place to go by car or hitchhike (could walk as well). It is for free and is a great visual... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Jannis H
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Caves... you need to be prepared.

There are three small limestone caves, all carved by the same stream, as it surfaces and then... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
jonathannevill
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Whangarei, New Zealand
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  • Excellent66%
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  • Average6%
  • Poor4%
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“glow worms” (62 reviews)
“head torch” (11 reviews)
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Abbey Caves Road, Whangarei, New Zealand
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"glow worms"
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"head torch"
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"electric fence"
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"earth lodge"
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"caving experience"
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"slippery rocks"
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"water level"
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"great adventure"
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"deep water"
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"reasonable level of fitness"
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"suitable shoes"
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"rock formations"
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"lots of fun"
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great place to go by car or hitchhike (could walk as well). It is for free and is a great visual and physical experience. <3

Thank Jannis H
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There are three small limestone caves, all carved by the same stream, as it surfaces and then disappears. The first cave is over 300m long. You follow it, walking upstream, then turn around and walk back. You will get wet and dirty, and you need...More

2  Thank jonathannevill
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

These caves are really something else! I’d say you need to be one brave soul to be able to go trough here. If you are claustrophobic, then probably best to skip these one out. It’s a bit of a walk going down to the caves...More

1  Thank Nadine V
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Reviewed 28 December 2017

Just outside Whangarei, the three caves make an excellent alternative to Waipu Caves but are sufficiently different to justify visiting both systems. Like Waipu, they are free and entry is not regulated. A leisurely loop track round the reserve, without entering any caves, takes about...More

7  Thank vivt751
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Reviewed 27 December 2017 via mobile

The Abbey Caves consists of three naturally occurring limestone caves not far from the city centre of Whangarei. The caves are an unsupervised and need a reasonable level of fitness to enter. There are glow worms easily seen from not far into the caves. The...More

2  Thank Lanka99
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Reviewed 11 November 2017

A great local find - beautifully green, fun for the kids and a good place to explore and climb rocks. in wet conditions you need gumboots, and take a torch (flashlight or headlamp) if you are brave enough to explore the caves. It's undeveloped and...More

1  Thank Tiffany K
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Reviewed 27 April 2017

a great walk rewarded by the amazing natural underground caves and rock formations, a great way to spend an afternoon get some exercise and fresh air and visit one of Whangarei's many hidden secrets

1  Thank coppertopdebbie
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Reviewed 24 April 2017

Yes caves and glow worms in NZ for free. We only went in the middle cave. It was beautiful at the entrance, looking like fairies should live there. As we went further in we got to clamber around, under and over rocks to get to...More

2  Thank karris21
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Reviewed 28 March 2017

The trail leading to he abbey caves is really nice. There are three caves. We did them all, but not all to the end as it got really narrow. There are a few glowing worms you can see. These caves include a lot of climbing...More

1  Thank Jen_worldwide
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Reviewed 25 March 2017 via mobile

The caves are amazing... and the rock formations outside and above the middle cave are well work a look and walk around - kids loved this area. The third cave has two exits one through quite deep water - ( i swam). An the other...More

Thank Jan I
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Lindsey T
23 October 2017|
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Response from Nadine V | Reviewed this property |
Abbey caves does not offer guided tour, nor has had any health and safety checks. It is an enter at your own risk caves. But if you want to exploring without a tour guide then yes, you would still see glow worms there. Just... More
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