Whatipu Caves Track

Whatipu Caves Track, Auckland Central: Address, Whatipu Caves Track Reviews: 4/5

Whatipu Caves Track
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HMKaren
Los Angeles, CA841 contributions
Great hike and neat caves
Dec 2018 • Couples
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 miles of road are hard-packed, but not actually paved. That might get dodgy if it's been raining.

The track is pretty well marked and easy to follow, and you get to see a handful of caves. Expect to get your feet wet if you go in, there were at least a few inches of water when we were inside. And bring a flashlight. The caves were fun.

The one downside, and this was probably just my own misunderstanding, is that the caves are not right by the beach. You see the beach at a distance, and you certainly could hike to it---but we didn't have time to do the caves and do the beach. Also, another guy who was hiking ahead of us turned back because he didn't have the right shoes for some climbing that was necessary to continue on the track. Anyway, if you have the time and you are properly outfitted, this is a fun and very pretty hike.
Written 9 January 2019
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Jacqui P
Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand75 contributions
A long drive but worth it!
Jan 2019 • Family
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 into Whatipu road you face a narrow, windy, gravel road for the next 30-40mins of your journey. But persevere friend!! The untouched wilderness is breathtaking and if you have a bunch of camping gear you can stay the night at the DOC campsite.

The caves are dotted along the cliffside beside the wetlands and the track is well signposted. It's an easy walk on sand and or 6year old had no issues but wear decent shoes and avoid going at wet times if the year because there are the odd patches of mud and water to traverse.

Bring good torches and a willingness to crawl through confined spaces and you and the kids will have a fun afternoon's adventuring!
Written 7 January 2019
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justinedillonjd
Auckland, New Zealand4 contributions
Saturday outing
Jun 2018 • Couples
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!
Written 28 June 2018
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422iana
Dunedin, New Zealand3,039 contributions
Camping
May 2017 • Family
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 look.
Written 9 January 2018
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Tooktheredpill
Auckland, New Zealand122 contributions
a lot of good caves here
Dec 2017 • Family
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 onto it.
Anyway it is worth checking out. It is best to go in summer or when it is fairly dry. The first time I had to carry the kids (3 and 5) over quite a few very boggy patches on the track leading out. Yesterday it was fine.
The first cave has a tiny entrance that adults will have to squeeze through on their stomachs and goes a long way in. We skipped the second as we were short on time and only got as far as the grand cave (cave 6 I think). It goes 50-60m in.
There are large puddles in some of the caves so bring the wellys. The kids loved it (apart from getting a bit wary a few times) and we had to be careful on the part of the track where the stairs were (near the beginning) due to the high drop off.
No charge to explore and make sure you bring a good torch.
Whatipu beach itself is also great to explore.
Written 28 December 2017
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Sam30091945
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India132 contributions
Glow worm caves was a disappointment
Mar 2017 • Couples
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 to the cave via a spiral pathway along the well was very good.
Written 10 May 2017
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Acineto
Auckland Central, New Zealand17,020 contributions
Bring a Torch
Apr 2017 • Friends
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 torch to make sure you don't hit your head on the way in.
The track is a dead end that leads to the camp site.
Written 22 April 2017
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