Explore the most popular cave trails in New Zealand with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

love it

awesome for the family

Did this at night with a headlamp. Awesome glow worms all around. Good for all fitness levels.

We went on track first and then did the caves great day

I really enjoyed this track. Was nice and flat and the cave was very cool

nice flat walk, lots of places to swim in the stream. few picnic areas around.

hiking
13 days ago

One of the entry points to the track to the cave is not what I could consider child friendly as it has a thin and more of an off track (gorse etc) route and is not signed well. The staircase is also a bit broken but easy enough to get up and down. Views are great and walk is pretty easy overall!

hiking
rocky
28 days ago

Don’t let the short distance fool you, there is a lot of elevation and some quite steep parts to the trail, as well as a few obstacles. All that a side, it’s a great climb, if you are of average fitness and agility you will be fine. There’s lots of shaded areas to hide away from the sun. The cave itself is spectacular and well worth the climb. The walk/climb itself is brilliant fun. Crossing over a dried up river bed, using branches and footholds in stone and mud to get around/over obstacles.

Well worth a visit.

hiking
30 days ago

Beautiful view of the coast which was half of the trail, nice surprise with the lava caves!

Nice walk up the summit, but the bit between McKenzie bay and the ferry was awful. Minimal shade, nowhere to stop and sit, views got tedious, and walking along a flat dirt road.

Lots of spikes along the way, too narrow and bushes have over grown. Sweet view but just dangerous on the way in and out, slipped a lot. View is nice from the cave but the walk to and from I think is not worth it.

walking
1 month ago

We loved cave stream , it was really cool for something different to do then just a normal walking trail . Such a cool experience . A head torch is great to keep your hands free and in the summer time the water isn’t to cold or deep !

Very good walk, starting at the Water fall gully carpark, the very well maintained track follows the stream up the gully to a lookout point with awesome views of the harbour. The track then follows the cliff passing the Pink Beach and down to the main beach. we opted to take the steep grass track back up to the lookout and return via the Waterfall gully so we could enjoy the Bush and stream. Total walk 8kms. Next time we'll try the coastal walk.

Worth the climb to see the cave.

1 month ago

Really beautiful walk. Excellent place to stretch your legs for a bit if on the road.

Trail starts off fairly easy. You cross a dry river bed and then follow it for a while. And then your climb begins. Be prepared for some slick rocks and possibly mud. I had to use my hands a few times to help myself up/down the trail. Lots of elevation gain in a short distance! Bring water and don’t be fooled by the people in flip flops! Also...lots of flies that taunt you the whole time. At least they don’t bite! The cave is pretty amazing. It can be slick going to the platform so be careful! Enjoy!

Great alternative to the often busy gorge walks. This one provides fantastic views of the area and a birds eye view of the swing bridges at the start of the gorge. Did the loop clockwise for a great cardio workout to the summit.

A gentle amble which follows a gravel road / path and ends up in the bush. Relaxing and pleasant. Has a picnic area at the end.

Pleasant walk with a mixture of mixed environment from pastureland to native bush. Very open space with windswept views of Tiritiri Matangi Island with its visible lighthouse. There is also a botanical walk through many native plants with very informative signage and surprisingly, a small waterfall with an ocular pool at the base. Very well maintained park.

hiking
2 months ago

really nice ~1 h walk through the cave. The deepest point was probably right before the exit (if you walk downstream) and the hardest part was the first third/half. a strong headlight, good shoes and - if you tend to freeze - a warm top layer will help a lot.
have fun!

hiking
2 months ago

Its an easy walk so if you are looking for a real hike this isn’t it but it was beautiful! So many nice views and we really liked it that there is lots to see along the way. Flashlight wasn’t really necessary but it was convenient to have with us. It drips water when you walk through the caves and you have to, there’s no way around it. We didn’t mind but if you don’t like that bring a coat. We were able to keep our shoes dry but without a flashlight that might be tricky :) The staircases are not many and not hard. If you are in the area definitely do this one!

Great hike nice views and great vegetation

Was a good easy walk, I took my 7 year old she loved it

nature trips
3 months ago

Better to go by night and observe all the glow worms !

The trail is very easy. However it is really used for accessing the cave. If you do enter the cave it will be quite cold without a wetsuit.

hiking
4 months ago

* black lava/mud/rocks
* see Auckland from top of Rangitoto hill
* coastal walk

Waitomo is a magical place, both underground and overground. This track passes through a continually changing variety of landscapes, both natural and transformed. From native forests, limestone formations, natural bridges and the unique networks of glow worms that can be sighted at night.

hiking
5 months ago

This map needs to be updated. This is no longer a loop and it is unsafe to get right up to the cave. Looking towards the cave the right hand part of the “loop” is closed due to earthquake damage. Left hand half is fine. However it is best to turn left towards Summit Road rather than attempt to get to the cave.

hiking
5 months ago

this is not a kid friendly track at the moment, it has obviously had no repairs since the earthquake and the right side of the loop is closed...not that we saw that till we got to the end having nearing broken my ankle several times. I would highly recommend not doing this track after any rain.

Beautiful views from the lookout!

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