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Kawiti Caves

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Address: 49 Waiomio Road | Waiomio, New Zealand
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+64 9-404 0583
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An underground starry night

The glow worms were magical and the guides friendly, adding a glimpse into the cave's generations of culture and history. The glow worms put on a great show, populating almost the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
Michael D
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

The glow worms were magical and the guides friendly, adding a glimpse into the cave's generations of culture and history. The glow worms put on a great show, populating almost the entire length of the cave, which also had some decent limestone formations. The tour had a kind of old world charm to the approach, using hand held torches only... More 

Thank Michael D
Canberra, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Kawiti caves are definitely worth a visit if you are in the area. It is a very beautiful sight. The price is decent and you can pay with cash or EFTPOS at the little office. They have bathrooms close by. Be aware that there are steps in the cave and also to get to the bathrooms but it is... More 

Thank DanaSwift
Auckland Region, New Zealand
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This was my third visit to the caves, and was again a great experience. The guide was knowledgeable, friendly and very professional. It's great to see the family protecting the integrity of the cave system so well. I have often recommended Kawiti Caves as a "must see" to people and will continue to do so. Oh, and those rock formations... More 

Thank cilla2017
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

First of all we climbed up Martha's path which doesn't really go anywhere and the joined our guide for the tour of the caves. You go quite a long way into the caves and then the lamps are turned off so that you could see the glow worms. Was interesting but was not as good S l thought it would... More 

Thank Frances H
Whangarei, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My boyfriend and I have been wanting to go to these caves for a while now and we were not disappointed. For $20 you get a guided tour and the things you learn about glow worms and the history of the cave are fantastic. Sydney our guide is very well spoken and knowledgeable. We had a small group of about... More 

Thank ella_nordstrand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It was great to hear the heritage of the cave and how it has been owned by the same family all these years. Our tour guide Sydney, had an amazing voice, which was lovely to listen to in the dark. The glow worms are better than any photo could show. P.S. Say hi to Elvis for us.

Thank Andrew F
Market Harborough, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2016

Well worth visiting when driving on route one. Welcomed by family member. Twenty minute trip into cave along boardwalks and steps. Lit by lamp and torch. Detailed, easy to understand, explanations of glow worms' life cycle and opportunities to ask questions. Several chances to view the worms in their milky ways. Beautiful stalactites and stalagmites, too. Watch out for Elvis... More 

Thank Helen S
Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2016

Great family run business. Very friendly tour guides. Great glow worms. Nice little bush walk out of the caves and back to car park.

Thank matthewgF4444JI
Bideford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2016 via mobile

Coming from the Bay of islands, the caves were a short drive and easy to find. The guide Sydney was very nice, he had a lot of knowledge about the glow worms and history of the caves, and was happy to answer questions. The tour was around 20 minutes as the bush walk at the end was not available due... More 

Thank CatC190807
Naples, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016 via mobile

Okay, I get really psyched about nature's unique ability to create entertainment for humans, just by doing what nature does. And the teeny, tiny worms in the cave really glow! Not just a little, a lot! I thought they were amazing!!! We took this tour in early October via a Celebrity Cruise excursion. It was really interesting. It's a family... More 

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