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Great hike and neat caves

We took the approximately 1-hour drive from Auckland to explore the Whatipu Caves Track and had a... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Los Angeles, California
A long drive but worth it!

Even though Whatipu looks close to Auckland city, looks can be deceiving! I would allow 1-1.5hr... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Jacqui P
Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
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1 week ago
“Great hike and neat caves”
2 weeks ago
“A long drive but worth it!”
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We took the approximately 1-hour drive from Auckland to explore the Whatipu Caves Track and had a great hike. The drive out was even interesting, taking you through some winding, hilly neighborhoods and giving you some nice beach views. Note that the last couple of...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Even though Whatipu looks close to Auckland city, looks can be deceiving! I would allow 1-1.5hr driving to get there from the central city. And you will definitely need your own car. Getting to the hamlet of huia is easy enough but once you get...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Jacqui P
Reviewed 28 June 2018 via mobile

Gorgeous June day, lucky enough to have sunshine and no wind! The caves and track were interesting and although pretty muddy, we were prepared for it (and didn't care!). The beach was great to walk on...some sinky parts of sand, which was fun!

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank justinedillonjd
Reviewed 9 January 2018

Camped here overnight after a beautiful walk along from Little Huia. The one thing you need to do is make sure you fill up with water at your last stop as there is no place to fill up. The caves are interesting and worth a...More

Date of experience: May 2017
Thank 422iana
Reviewed 29 December 2017

I think the reviewer talking about the glowworms is mixing this up with the Waitomo caves. I have never seen a guide here (been twice so far). No glowworms either although there is something on the roofs that reflects only if you shine your torch...More

Date of experience: December 2017
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Reviewed 10 May 2017

Tour operator took us to a cave that hardly had any glow worms. He changed the cave after he realised that the first cave where we were supposed to visit was crowded. Even though we did not see many worms in the cave, the approach...More

Date of experience: March 2017
Thank Sam30091945
Reviewed 23 April 2017

The Whatipu caves walking tracks is a track that goes from the carpark to the camping area near the caves. The trail however does lead into several of the caves. The first and last one seem to go in deeper but it would require a...More

Date of experience: April 2017
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