Waipu Caves and Walking Track

waipu cavesExplore the Waipu caves: 16 kms nw of Waipu. There are 300m of explored passageways. The main cave is 175m in length an contains one of the longest stalagmites in NZ. There is plenty of headroom, impressive limestone formations and glow-worms inside the cave. But take care as the surface is wet and slippery.

You need good footwear and a torch and compass if venturing into the cave, and beginners are advised to stay in the main cave.

Waipu-caves-walkWaipu Caves walkway

Walk from Waipu Caves up 1.5 hour return – The walk takes you up and along the ridgeline looking out to the Hen and Chicken Islands.

Much of the walk is on private land, so please take note of the signs, and stay on the track.

More info on the Track



  1. Priscilla Price on December 28, 2016 at 7:24 am

    Alot of this walk is through private farmland , a working beef block with large animals, some of which are bulls, many dogs would go nuts seeing these animals and it would be a huge mess if they broke away from their owners!!!!! Lost dogs, spooked animals, destressed dog owners. One incident like this and the owner could shut it down.

    • Jeannie McKee on January 3, 2017 at 9:37 am

      Hi Priscilla
      Thanks for your feedback. I’ll try and pass on to the appropriate party.
      Kind regards

  2. Sally on February 24, 2016 at 3:15 pm

    why not allow dogs on leads. We have 2 dogs and love walking but are banned from many of the walks we would love to try

    • Rosemary Neave on February 24, 2016 at 3:55 pm

      HI sally, I am a dog person, and it is a hard one I know. People have campaigned to have a year round beach walking north of Tip road north but it does not stop people going off lead down towards the bird sanctuary.

Leave a Comment