Waipu Caves Track

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Waipu Caves Track
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Kaylie B
Napier, New Zealand27 contributions
Great place to stop
Oct 2020 • Family
Good level of fitness required. We didnt see glow worms as you have to walk quite deep into the caves through some water to see. We have a 6 year old with us and just enjoyed walking and looking around the caves. Quite a drive out of the way but worth it.
Written December 27, 2020
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YING L
Auckland, New Zealand4 contributions
Free view of glow worms
Feb 2020
Nice place and casual adventure to see the amazing glow worms in the cave. Proper for family with children. Needs to walk in the water about knee height. So better wear long boots in winter or shorts in summer.
Written February 12, 2020
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Ben Walther
Radebeul, Germany1,270 contributions
Great glowworms experience for free
Dec 2019
Forget about the Waitomo Caves! At the Waipu Caves you can see glowworms for free - and you can take as many photos as you want. The short walk into the caves and to its end is a little bit of an adventure and your feet can get wet and muddy, but it's worth it.
Written December 16, 2019
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KGAuckland
Auckland7 contributions
Great view from top, since track extended in 2019
Jul 2019 • Family
You need good walking shoes for this one. Decent fitness is needed, as there are lots of steep bits! Muddy and slippery sections, but it was a worthwhile 45 minute uphill walk through bush up to the ridge where you’ll find a great view to the north. (The DOC ranger told us it had recently been extended to lead to this lookout.) You won’t find any caves on this walk. (The main big Waipu Cave, which is stunning, is at the start near the car park, not on this walking track.) 1 hour 30 estimated return time is about right, as it’s slower going than I would have expected, with all the mud.
Written July 11, 2019
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Noel18289
Auckland, New Zealand94 contributions
See Glow Worms for Free
Jan 2019 • Friends
The glow worm Caves are just north of Waipu and 20 minutes south of Whangarei. The Caves are sign posted on Highway 1 and the road to them is a bit windy and is not sealed, so if you're not used to driving on shingle roads, please take care.
The area is controlled by DOC and has toilets and water as well as ample parking.
The entrance to the caves can be quite slippery so make sure you have good footwear that can grip and can get wet. Also make sure you have a good torch (Flashlight) as to get the best views of the glow worms you have to in quite far. The caves are quite spectacular and its well worth a visit. I take visitors there often and I never cease to amazed.
Written April 23, 2019
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Ismay20
London, UK201 contributions
Do the Cave, forget the traxk
Mar 2019
Track goes no where! Nothing to see and just had to turn around and come back but the cave is amazing so I would just park up and do this instead, don’t bother with the walk
Written March 12, 2019
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MaggiePrentice
One Tree Point, New Zealand34 contributions
Great Walk, Caves amazing
Mar 2018 • Family
We enjoyed this walk, it says for fitness of all levels but I think it is not great if you are not relatively fit, quite steep in places, track could do with up keep as it was steep and muddy in places which had you looking for something to hang on to at times. Scenery around track lovely, lots of sandstone and pretty bush. View at the top great also.
Written April 4, 2018
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Tambonz
Waipu, New Zealand824 contributions
Great caves
Sep 2017 • Couples
On a muddy rainy day its not the best to go traipsing across a field .... but on a dry day it is!! Wonderful glow worms are within as well as a river. Take gumboots!!
Written March 22, 2018
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TravelAddicted FlightAttendant:-)
Bern, Switzerland31 contributions
Amazing Glowworm-Caves - for FREE!!
Dec 2017 • Couples
I've been to the Glowworm Caves in TeAnau and was amazed. Unfortunately you weren't allowed taking any pictures (was told is the same at Waitomo) - so I was really happy to find this cave! Went there in the evening and morning. Taking pictures we spent quite some time there. Evenings were a bit busier - more people - but it seemed the glowworms were glowing brighter / or more glowworms glowing. Morning at around 8 or 9 we were in there all on our own - really cool! We only drove north of Auckland to see these caves and it was well worth it! As said in other reviews - clothes that can get dirty and good shoes should be worn. my camera got a bit mudy too - but worth the pictures I could get!
Written December 31, 2017
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Steve W
Nelson, New Zealand869 contributions
Its so short!
Dec 2017 • Couples
It's interesting and all but calling it a walkway is somewhat misleading. The cave is quite cool for kids but again pretty short.
Written December 23, 2017
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