Abbey Caves

Photo of a limestone rock outcrop at Abbey Caves.

The Abbey Caves Reserve features dramatic limestone outcrops, sink holes and three significant caves; Organ, Middle and Ivy. 

A well-established native forest includes particularly fine specimens of puriri trees.

There is a toilet block at the entrance to the reserve. 


Lay-by and roadside parking area is available on Abbey Caves Road. 

What to expect

  • Grass paths may be muddy and slippery after rain
  • Steep stile and steps at the entrance
  • Large rocks to be negotiated in places
  • Seasonal grazing by livestock
  • Electric fencing (marked)

Abbey Caves walkway

Grade:        3
Time:          40 minutes
Distance:   1162 metres 

Access is over a steep wooden stile and down a series of box steps onto a circular walkway of mown grass. The three caves are signposted and lie just off this walkway.

Only experienced cavers should enter the underground caves, as there are risks from rapidly rising water and roof falls. The Organ Cave entrance is dangerous due to a roof fall.

The walkway comprises of naturally sculptured limestone outcrops, sink holes and three significant caves, Organ, Middle and Ivy. 

Along the walkway, you will see two distinct areas of native bush, podocarp-hardwood forest, specimens of puriri trees, and site of the historic house of Nathaniel and Amelia Clotworthy.



71 Abbey Caves Road, Whangārei 0175  View Map

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