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Nikau Cave

Waikaretu Valley Rd | Waikaretu, Waikato, Waikaretu, New Zealand
+64 9-233 3199
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Glow worms, caves & mud!

What a fantastic experience! Phillips tour of his beloved home was refreshing, knowledgable and jam... read more

Reviewed 10 February 2017
Not your regular tourist trap

We stayed with friends who live about an hour away. They hadn't been here so we agreed to give it a... read more

Reviewed 9 January 2017
Tony P
Leicester, United Kingdom
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Waikaretu Valley Rd | Waikaretu, Waikato, Waikaretu, New Zealand
+64 9-233 3199
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Reviewed 10 February 2017

What a fantastic experience! Phillips tour of his beloved home was refreshing, knowledgable and jam packed with lots of surprises. We originally went for the glow worms, but our time at Nikau Cave gave us so much more than that. Be ready to crawl through...More

2  Thank robbiesmyth
Reviewed 9 January 2017

We stayed with friends who live about an hour away. They hadn't been here so we agreed to give it a go. One of our group is not keen on enclosed spaces but nevertheless we booked it. They took us on the route that goes...More

2  Thank Tony P
Reviewed 5 January 2017

From the moment we arrived at nikau caves this morning the staff treated us like family in their relaxed manor. The food was home grown and delicious and the scenery was breathtaking. Charlotte was a wonderful guide and made sure we were all comfortable and...More

1  Thank Lynley9999
Reviewed 20 November 2016 via mobile

Even though we were a bit late we were waited for and nothing was being rushed. Our guide was extremely friendly and took good care of us. After entering the cave we at first tried not to get wet, but soon lost our fear and...More

3  Thank Lunalacrima
Reviewed 28 October 2016

As I have visited this beautiful area many times I have to write that the consistency in service from local big country farming family that is always good as with an environment that is unique, tranquil and rejuvenating. A must visit. The drive can be...More

1  Thank Sue H
Reviewed 4 October 2016

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 glow-worms shone bright and we could see some up close. It...More

1  Thank John C
Reviewed 31 August 2016

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, beautiful lunch, and stunning surroundings. Even if you can't...More

3  Thank lillyloofa
Reviewed 18 July 2016 via mobile

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 friendly. This must be s family run business and you will...More

3  Thank drdfc
Reviewed 27 June 2016 via mobile

My family loved Phillip and his messy, fun, authentic cave tour. Our nine year old loved it. Be warned that the crawl is about 15 meters long and you don't get much of a warning. Great!

2  Thank Jackie G
Reviewed 9 May 2016

I have lived in NZ all my life, and have only recently heard about this. What a place. Nikau Caves differs from others like Waitomo in that it is far less commercial/touristy. It is less quiet, and the tours only consist of 10 people, so...More

1  Thank TravellingB86
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