Afternoon at the Abbey Caves Whangarei New Zealand
04 January 2019
We had a great afternoon out with Wendy, her husband Mark and Ashar. We went to check out the Abbey Caves. It was really great going with some locals. They were familiar with the less traveled tourist areas to see and guided the way for the afternoon. We had a brief history of the family that originally owned the property, the Clotworthy's. We also saw a grave site for their young son. Ashar brought a toy for the grave site. There are three caves, the Organ, the Middle and the Ivy. We checked out the first two today. It has not rained in almost a week which is very important here. Water from any recent rainfall can catch you off guard and flood the underground caves. We had to wade in what I call very cold water, the locals say "refreshing water" up to about our mid thigh for a short distance. The caves were really beautiful. Ashar found an eel inside the cave in the running water. We also saw a weta, an insect found inside the caves. There were also glow worms that you could see when you turned off your headlamps. The headlamps are a must for checking out the caves. It is holiday time here and there were a good number of people in the first cave, the Organ. The second cave, the Middle Cave we had all to ourselves. It was a really enjoyable afternoon and a great time.