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“Glow worms ”
Review of Abbey Caves

Abbey Caves
Ranked #12 of 64 things to do in Whangarei
Certificate of Excellence
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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 about knee deep. There were flow worms all long the way that was breathtaking. There are a lot of slippery rocks that you need to scramble over so I'd recommend taking a bright head torch and water shoes and suitable clothing. I'd definitely check our the other caves when I am back next.

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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 see in to. We didn't see any glow worms but maybe you had to go in further. Take water with you. There are a few gates you have to step over, there are steps provided but this is definitely not easy to access. You also need to pull an electric fence over at one point. It has a handle for safety.

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. So cool to be able to do this for free.

Thank kyliejf
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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 a torch for each person in your party, plus one spare. The second cave (you will be walking with the flow of the water) is short, only about 100m, with an exit... however the exit is difficult, and I recommend walking back the way you came. The last, the third, cave is about 200m and has an easy exit, which you should take. You will need to pass through a pool a little over 1m in depth, so take off your clothes (there will be no-one else around) BEFORE you get too deep. On exit, IT IS MOST IMPORTANT TO TAKE THE LEFT HAND TRACK, even though the right hand track looks like the best option. DO NOT TAKE THE RIGHT HAND TRACK. This track will lead you to private land, the "middle earth" backpacker hostel, where the owner will get angry and shout at you. He is a nasty person. The protocol for entry into a wild cave is minimal impact. Do not piss or leave litter. Do not disturb the glow worms. Do not take souvenirs... leave it as you found it. Cheers, Jonathan Nevill (Australia).

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