Abbey Caves

Abbey Caves



38 Rankers Reviews

35 Face-to-Face

17 Scenic Attractions

5 Caving

9 Whangarei




Three Caves. Lots of Glowworms!

A choice of three different caves. The Organ Cave is the largest. The Middle Cave and Ivy Cave are smaller. All are worth a look and each have lots of glowworms.

Bring your torch and be prepared to get wet!


Feature Value Info


North IslandNorthlandWhangarei


  • Scenic Attractions
  • Caving
  • Free



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Robin's avatar



Ranking: 9/10

Great short circle walk! You can explore three caves with a lot of glowworms. It is worth to wear good shoes, then you can go deeper inside and climb. The last cave was the best, you can walk through it and get out on the other side. But there is deep water to cross!!!

Reviewed about 3 years ago and experienced in February 2017

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Richard Fox

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Great to be able to visit the caves without paying for a tour. You do need torches and you will have to wade through water but the atmosphere, rocks and glowworms are worth it.

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in November 2016

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Sophie Kemp

Ranking: 10/10

Great fun! Recommend you do Middle Cave (ankle deep), then Organ Cave (knee deep) and finally Ivy Cave (waist deep). Whole trip took 2.5hours. Saw loads of glow worms and a few eel. If you climb out of the end of Ivy Cave head left to get back onto path.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

Larissa's avatar



Ranking: 7/10

Short walk to three caves, bring a torch with you.

Reviewed almost 4 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Birthe's avatar



Ranking: 9/10

Three caves that you can explore by yourself with a lot of glowworms. Do not be afraid to get wet and try to find the other way out. Bring your torch, but do not shine your light on the glowworms, they are against it.

Reviewed about 4 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Anat Yossef


Ranking: 10/10

Amazing three caves, good walking down boulders and a lot of glowworms! And it is free! Great alternative to the big packed caves with tourists.

Reviewed about 4 years ago and experienced in January 2016

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Johanna's avatar



Ranking: 9/10

I have done the free cave and that was really exciting. The first called the Organ Cave was the best.

Reviewed about 4 years ago and experienced in February 2016

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Floren Hoenschler


Ranking: 9/10

Amazing natural phenomenon. It seems to be dangerous. For free.

Reviewed about 4 years ago and experienced in February 2016

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Madeleine Panholzer


Ranking: 9/10

Awesome caves for exploring and viewing glowworms. There are no man made walkways - some climbing is necessary and you go through water. Unfortunately it is a quite popular cave.

Reviewed about 4 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Lara Vogt


Ranking: 10/10

It is quite hard to get into the caves because you really have to climb down in to the caves. Shoes and lights are especially recommended. The glowworms are amazing! Just really beautiful and you got to see quite a lot of them.

Reviewed about 4 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Michele Winzig

Ranking: 10/10

I have seen glowworms in there! They are for free and one can walk into three different caves! It is much better to experience it by yourself and not with heaps of people at Waitomo!

Reviewed about 4 years ago and experienced in January 2016

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Christine Schtenker


Ranking: 8/10

Cool experience, many glowworms to see, nice to explore.

Reviewed about 4 years ago and experienced in January 2016

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Malin Meier


Ranking: 10/10

We had been warned that we would become wet, however had not expected to walk through hip deep water in the Abbey Caves. It still was an amazing experience and great alternative to the expensive Wiatomo Caves.

Reviewed about 4 years ago and experienced in December 2015