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We loved the caves although it was hard to find the track initially. The walk was enjoyable, through a scenic track along the property. The caves had a staircase down into them. Caving equipment is essential.
It's an easy 15mins of the main highway on gravel, then the fun begins: a very steep climb followed by a trek through sheep paddocks take you to the entrance. The caves themselves don't seem to be anything that special but then we didn't explore...More
If you are into caves and glow worms then this is a must. The main cave guided by the local council is good for all the familiy and has staircase built in side to climb in and out. There are a larger series of caves...More
The walk up to the cave is about twenty-five minutes through farmland, and is reasonably steep for the most part. However the views you get along the walk are lovely, and it is nice to take your time up and enjoy the view. The cave...More
The Mangaone Cave is more about the trip than the destination. Set in a beautiful valley at the top of a very steep hill; it is a small and quite silty/muddy cave. Bring a tourch to explore but do not expect Waitomo.
If you're into caves, great scenery and a dirt road. This is the place for you. 40 km from Wairoa, 6 km up the narrow, winding and unsealed Mangaone Valley Road. Turn off SH 2, approximately 4 km north of Nuhaka or 5 km south...More