Abbey Caves, Whangarei

4.3
#6 of 11 in Parks in Whangarei
Cave Nature / Park
Journey underground at Abbey Caves, an adventurous caving experience with three undeveloped cave systems. Visitors should have at least a moderate fitness level for scrambling over slippery rocks and climbing through small holes. People brave enough to explore the cave are rewarded with amazing sights: dramatic rock formations, stalactites, eels, and glowworms. Be sure to wear closed footwear with good tread and bring a flashlight or headlamp and change of clothes. Using our international travel planner, Whangarei attractions like Abbey Caves can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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4.5
  • a great walk rewarded by the amazing natural underground caves and rock formations, a great way to spend an afternoon get some exercise and fresh air and visit one of Whangarei's many hidden secrets  more »
  • Yes caves and glow worms in NZ for free. We only went in the middle cave. It was beautiful at the entrance, looking like fairies should live there. As we went further in we got to clamber around, unde...  more »
  • The trail leading to he abbey caves is really nice. There are three caves. We did them all, but not all to the end as it got really narrow. There are a few glowing worms you can see. These caves inclu...  more »
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  • Lovely out of the way spot that rewards people willing to spend a bit of effort. Well worth a visit. Note for inside caves do not go after heavy rain and wear good footwear plus you need a torch
  • So much fun, so much to explore. Def a great family day out.
  • What an amazing place and a great free thing to do. 3 limestone caves filled with glow worms. A fairly easy walking track down, around and back to the car park. Everything is well marked and there are gates and stools built into the walk to help you get over the fences. The landscape contains a lot of huge scattered volcanic rocks and is reminiscent of something you'd see in Lord of the Rings as many places in New Zealand are. The cave areas and rainforest are reminiscent of Dagobah from Star Wars, so the whole time it feels like you are venturing around this idyllic wonderland which was manufactured by none other than mother nature herself. Highly recommended.
  • The Abbey Caves may not be the most spectacular caves, but they are in a beautiful area. When it's raining old clothes are recommended, because it can be muddy.
  • These caves are definitely worth a visit for those who enjoy adventure. I recommend bringing equipment such as a head torch and closed in shoes. I would suggest a reasonable level of fitness.

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