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Dannevirke Fantasy Cave

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Business Type: Local Attraction


An Award Winning Attraction - a must see for the young of age, and young at heart!

Address: 60 High Street, Dannevirke Manawatu, Whanganui

Phone: view phone+646 374 7865

After Hour Phone: view phone+646 374 8794

Contact Name: Liz & Sylvia


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The Dannevirke Fantasy Cave, winners of the Arts And Cultural category and overall winners of the TrustPower - Tararua Community Awards, is an example of a small Christmas based beginning which some 16 years later has blossomed into a professionally presented year round exhibit, attracting visitors from all over New Zealand and overseas alike.

The Cave is administered by a committee of 13 Cave Dwellers. In 1998 an Incorporated Society was formed known at the Dannevirke Cave Dwellers Inc, and is entirely constructed and operated by volunteers.

Mondays are the official workdays, but in typical volunteer tradition many extra hours, often at night are spent all in the name of enjoyment of their project and the pleasure it brings to the public.

We welcome your visit to Dannevirke's Fantasy Cave. The cave first opened for Christmas in 1989. We only had the basement area and a train layout. Over the years it has expanded to what you see today.

Displays constantly change and are frequently replaced. Visitors not only from New Zealand but from all over the world have returned time and time again to see our new attractions. The talent derived from a small town is quite phenomenal with each of our creative volunteers having artistic input.

The Cave Dwellers have built a new train layout over the last three years, known as Little Southern Hawke's Bay Railway. When we open to the public an army of volunteers from all walks of life give generously of their time. Santa is in residence from December 1st to 24th and he enjoys the visits of thousands of children and the young at heart. (You don't have to have children to visit our Cave).

Liz 063747865, Sylvia 063748794

Hours of work

Saturdays 10:00 am - 12-30 pm

School Holidays:
School holiday opening hours: Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday 10am - 2pm

Christmas Holiday Period:
Open: 1st to 24th December - Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm, Saturday and Sunday 10am to 2pm.
Closed: Christmas Day
Open: 26th to 31st December 10am to 2pm


ANZ Bank Building
High Street, Dannevirke, New Zealand

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