Abbey Caves

Abbey Caves

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Robin

Germany

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 4 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 4 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 4 years ago

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Larissa

Germany

Ranking: 7/10

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

Reviewed about 5 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Birthe

Netherlands

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 5 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Anat Yossef

Israel

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 5 years ago and experienced in January 2016

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Johanna

Germany

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 5 years ago and experienced in February 2016

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Floren Hoenschler

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

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

Reviewed about 5 years ago and experienced in February 2016

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Madeleine Panholzer

Austria

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 over 5 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Lara Vogt

Germany

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 over 5 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 over 5 years ago and experienced in January 2016

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Christine Schtenker

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

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

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in January 2016

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Malin Meier

Germany

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 over 5 years ago and experienced in December 2015

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Friederike East

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Amazing caves that can be explored by yourself. Hiking, scrambling, getting wet, glowworms. Don't miss out.

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in February 2016

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Josef Biller

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Doing an exploration on our own of the Abbey Caves - fantastic atmosphere in the dark caves. You need a head lamp and water shoes.

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in February 2016

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Steph

England

Ranking: 8/10

Abbey Caves were good fun - definitely adventurous! Wear sensible shoes as there is a lot of climbing over slippery surfaces - limited glowworms - if you do not want adventure the Waipu Caves are much more accessible for children and a whole ceiling of beautiful glowing worms!

Reviewed over 5 years ago

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Sophia Harnisch

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Great experience to see glowworms and big caves, but dangerous and slippery and high water levels.

Reviewed over 5 years ago

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Paul McDermott

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

FREE. Bring shoes you do not mind getting wet and a head torch and you will have great fun! Thousands of glowworms and stalagmites and stalagtites. The water can be nearly waist high at some points and it can be a bit claustrophobic at times but totally amazing experience and FREE!

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in November 2015

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Lars Hobrecht

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

For free, good adventure.

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in November 2015

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Monika Dippel

Ranking: 10/10

This was fantastic. For free and adventurous walk through three caves. A little bit spooky when you are on your own. Bring a friend and a headlamp.

Reviewed over 5 years ago

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Emilie Normand

France

Ranking: 10/10

These awesome caves (with many glowworms) to visit on your own with a torch or headlight.

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in January 2015

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Dawn Mulligan

Ranking: 10/10

Free caving experience, exciting to be able to go by yourself and see the caves. Also glowworms and eels to be seen.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago and experienced in January 2015

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Anne Hempelt

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Free and an amazing adventure to climb through them. A lot of glowworms.

Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in November 2014

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Jose Coehlo

Ranking: 10/10

Amazing, we loved the last cave Ivy. And you can see the glow worms for free. We got wet until the neck before taking out of the last cave. Unbelievable!

Reviewed over 6 years ago

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Daniela Wall

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Really cool but it is left natural, so it is a bit challenging at some parts. But you can see glowworms.

Reviewed over 6 years ago

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Doreen Gendel

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Take a good torch or better headlamp and climb into the cave and join the glowworms by yourself!

Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Elise Boinnot

Ranking: 10/10

Completely in the dark, just with a torch you can feel on your own. You walk slowly to discover this cave and see glowworms. It is really the adventure. Be prepared to be wet.

Reviewed about 7 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Bernhard Fulterer

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

A very big and beautiful cave, for free. Awesome!!

Reviewed about 7 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Joy Lambez

Israel

Ranking: 10/10

Great walking and experience working every day of the year, tour got out just on time. Guide was knowledgable of the cave and was really interesting. Worms were lovely.

Reviewed about 7 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Roy Matthieu

France

Ranking: 7/10

3 caves to discover the glowworms. You just need a light and a good pair of shoes. The first cave is a little bit dangerous when you have water up to the abdomen.

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Jan & Jile

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

For free. Glowworms.

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in February 2013

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Courtney Quintrell

United States

Ranking: 7/10

Cool caves, glow worms, rock forest. Be prepared to get wet in the caves. Definitely go with a friend. Deep and dark.

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in February 2013

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Jonas Schelbert

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Three nice, UNCOMMERCIAL (very important), and free caves!! Like the Waitomo Caves for budget travellers.

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in February 2013

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Lis Bon

Denmark

Ranking: 8/10

A great experience - also try the Rock Forest route to the caves. You'll need torches and good shoes.

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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Claudia & Julian

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Just need good shoes, a headlamp and not being afraid of getting wet and you have the possibility to get through three amazing caves with glowworms by yourself without too many other tourists.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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David Boyle

United Kingdom

Ranking: 7/10

Good fun, free.

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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John N

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Pleasant walk to caves over farmland to three impressive caves with glow worms (loads of em)

Reviewed over 11 years ago