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Nikau Cave, Waikaretu

Categories: Caves, Nature & Parks
Inspirock Rating:
4.8/5 based on 90+ reviews on the web
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. Plan to visit Nikau Cave and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Waikaretu attractions using our Waikaretu itinerary builder.
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  • Quite different from the normal touristic cave experience: a bit of a challenge but well worth the effort. Age shouldn't be a barrier (we are in our 60s and thoroughly enjoyed the experience). The glo...  read more »
  • Didn't know what to expect and thankfully it was not the normal touristy thing. It's not a wander along pre - made stages, you actually feel like you putting effort in. Along with a great guide, beaut...  read more »
  • This is caving in the rough. You will get wet, muddy, crawl, and be rewarded in the end. Small groups keep this non-commercial and it is inexpensive. The cafe serves excellent food. Service is friendl...  read more »
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