Kawiti Caves, Northland Region

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Discover the magic of nature at Kawiti Caves, a set of limestone caves boasting enviable views of glowworm colonies and limestone rock formations. This mysterious set of caves and resident creatures began drawing visitors in the 1950s, when Te Tawai Kawiti (great grandson of the famous Maori chief Kawiti) started to offer tours built around a great deal of insight and respect for the natural world and its wonders. Stalactites and stalagmites add to the atmosphere of the caves, lit by the luminescence of the colony of worms. Put Kawiti Caves into our Paihia day trip planning app to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Paihia.
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  • Group was small (5-6) so we get really good attention from the guides! The tour was really easy and short but the worms were super cool and the big hall in the cave was a real highlight. There's also ...  more »
  • Super glad we came across this place, we had looked at planning a trip to the waitomo caves but the prices were ridiculous so we decided not to bother, however on our travels we spotted a sign for thi...  more »
  • Was so upset to have missed out on viewing the big caves down south but all that was thrown out the window yesterday when we got to see the family owned Kuwaiti caves.....our guide was a very proud yo...  more »

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As a welcoming tourist town, Paihia offers a range of accommodations suitable for visitors with a diverse set of criteria. Boutique hotels and self-catered apartments dot along the coast, some offering excellent views of the bay on request. While most lodgings are located in the town center, farther out you can find campsites and resorts that, because of the settlement's modest size, still put you within walking distance or a short car journey of the wharf and town center.
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