Nikau Cave, Waikaretu

4.8
#11 of 32 in Nature in Auckland
Witness a stunning glowworm cave at Nikau Cave, accented with natural limestone formations. This attraction is not for the faint-hearted, as the experience involves getting wet and muddy and crawling on your belly through a stream. However, determined visitors are rewarded with a memorable sight: a high-ceiling cave with hundreds of glowworms lighting the darkness. An experienced guide leads each tour, and visitors praise the owners for their back-country Kiwi charm. Be sure to take a change of clothes, including shoes. Refill your energy at the onsite cafe afterwards. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Nikau Cave by using our Waikaretu trip itinerary planning app .
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  • This is a real caving experience into a natural and very beautiful caving system. They have not modified the cave for tourists at all, which is really great. There are no lighting systems in the cave,...  more »
  • This is a must do do those wanting some adventure off the Auckland-grid who want to take a breath, and see the awesomeness of nature. I took my daughter Dana and found the Nikau Cafe location along a ...  more »
  • Great guided tour, amazing and stunning views, well worth the drive out into the country. Would be more than happy to go back and do again  more »
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