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Abbey Caves

Abbey Caves Road, Whangarei, New Zealand
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Glow worms

This was so amazing. We only went into the first cave 'Organ Cave' as that's all we had time for... read more

Reviewed 4 April 2018
Anna W
,
Paengaroa, New Zealand
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Peaceful walk

It's a nice walk but not one that has the amazing water views compared with the rest of the area... read more

Reviewed 4 March 2018
traciegila
,
Whangarei, New Zealand
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  • Excellent66%
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  • Average7%
  • Poor4%
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“glow worms” (50 reviews)
“head torch” (12 reviews)
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Abbey Caves Road, Whangarei, New Zealand
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"electric fence"
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"reasonable level of fitness"
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"your eyes"
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"rock formations"
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"lots of fun"
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"awesome adventure"
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Reviewed April 4, 2018 via mobile

This was so amazing. We only went into the first cave 'Organ Cave' as that's all we had time for. We walked about 100m in with no end in sight. We had to walk through flowing cold water which at some parts was up to...More

1  Thank Anna W
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Reviewed March 4, 2018

It's a nice walk but not one that has the amazing water views compared with the rest of the area - it's a bush walk on an old homestead. The caves are quite amazing, we found that the third cave was easiest to get and...More

Thank traciegila
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Reviewed February 23, 2018 via mobile

We’ve been meaning to go here for years but I’m glad we waited until our youngest is 10. Beautiful caves, and lots of glow worms, eels and freshwater crayfish (koura). Wear good shoes and and head lamps would be better than our hand held torches....More

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Reviewed February 15, 2018 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 February 7, 2018

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

7  Thank jonathannevill
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Reviewed February 6, 2018 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

2  Thank Nadine V
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Reviewed December 27, 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

8  Thank vivt751
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Reviewed December 26, 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 November 10, 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 April 26, 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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Lindsey T
October 22, 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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