Whatipu Caves Track

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A one way track to the Whatipu Caves Campground, this track is worth doing even if you are not camping. As the name suggests the track makes its way past numerous old sea caves at the base of the cliff. The caves have a fascinating history and one of the larger caves used to host formal dances during the timber milling era. Take a torch. The cave entrances should be avoided during rainfall. Note: Some sections become waterlogged after wet weather.

Whatipu Caves Track details

Regional park: Click here for information about 'Whatipu' (including gate opening hours)
Distance: 1.5 km
Time: 30 minutes
Wheelchair access: No
Pram access: No


Park at the main carpark at the end of Whatipu Road. Cross the bridge and follow the campground fence past the information kiosk and keep walking. At the end of the campground fenceline you will cross another small bridge. 20 metres past this the track splits with the Gibbons track heading up hill. The Caves track continues along the base of the cliffs and continues to the Whatipu Caves Campground.

What to expect

Walking tracks should be suitable for people with reasonable fitness levels.

Walking tracks will:
  • Have easy to moderate grades with mostly compacted and drained surfaces.
  • Be well sign-posted with directional signs at track entrances and junctions and have safety signs where required.
Walking tracks may:
  • Have steps on excessively steep areas.
  • Have timber boardwalks and bridges over permanent wet areas and waterways.
  • Have seats and maintained views at areas of interest.


Theft from vehicles is not common but unfortunately can happen. You should take the same reasonable precautions you take when parking at other locations and remember to lock your vehicle and take your valuables with you.


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