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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  • Nikau cave awesome, easy cave to navigate through and just beautiful to see. Phillip and Anne and the locals so friendly, easy going. Stunning views, just fantastic. A "must do" for every kiwi and vis...  more »
  • This is a place i go to when i just want to escape noisey city cafes. I love driving out from Hamilton. The roads a windy and views breathtaking. The ice coffee (made with real ice cream) is delicious...  more »
  • We went to the Nikau cafe, just for another great coffee and there was a trip into the cave just to start and we decided to join them. The trip takes about 1,5 hour and is a great trip, there are 2 na...  more »

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