Best cave trails in Waikato, New Zealand

182 Reviews
Explore the most popular cave trails in Waikato with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.
Map of cave trails in Waikato, New Zealand
Top trails (6)
#1 - Windows Walk
Paeroa, Waikato, New Zealand
easyYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(56)
Length: 1.1 mi • Est. 26 m
NOTE: Users have reported that as of July 2020, there is a partial closure on this trail.Show more
#2 - Karangahake Mountain Track Loop
Paeroa, Waikato, New Zealand
moderateYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(50)
Length: 5.7 mi • Est. 3 h 30 m
This loop combines several tracks into a single hike. It traverses the Scottsman Gully, then a portion of the Crown Trail followed by a direct ascent to the top of Karangahake Summit. The return is via the Mountain Summit Trail that then connects back to Crown returning the same way it started. There is plenty of parking at the Karangahake Gorge swing bridge, but it can get pretty busy during the holiday season. Additional parking is available off Crown Hill Road. But if you park there it shortens the hike to exclude Scottsman Gully; which would be a miss as that portion of the trail is beautiful with cascading waters from a stream that empties into the Ohinemuri River. Most of the trail is graded and wide. The only section that is a footpath and somewhat narrow, but definitely steep is the 0.7 mile section starting clockwise for the loop. It is a constant climb and will test your cardio. At the top the views are magnificent. As far as the eyes can see towards the Coromandel and Kaimai. The plains are vast and never ending - yet the ocean is visible in the distance. The return loop is an easy downhill walk on a wide graded path. There are a few small stream crossings depending on the rain, and keep a look out for the occasional mining tunnel. This is a great alternative to the gorge walks which can get very busy at times. Show more
#3 - Nikau Walk and Kaniwhaniwha Cave
Ohaupo, Waikato, New Zealand
moderateYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(40)
Length: 5.0 mi • Est. 2 h 30 m
#4 - Ruakuri Tunnels Loop
Otorohanga, Waikato, New Zealand
moderateYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(25)
Length: 1.1 mi • Est. 36 m
As of February 2020, part of the loop is under repair and closed off.Show more
#5 - Waitomo Walkway
Otorohanga, Waikato, New Zealand
easyYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray Star(6)
Length: 5.4 mi • Est. 2 h 38 m
#6 - Waitomo Walkway - Dundle Hill Track [CLOSED]
Otorohanga, Waikato, New Zealand
moderateYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray Star(3)
Length: 12.8 mi • Est. 6 h 36 m
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. Show more