Waitomo Caves and Surrounds

Short Walks in Waitomo

Going walkabout in the Waitomo region makes for a great day out with a variety of trails to choose from – and waterfalls to admire. Here are five walks, all of them easy, so if you’re seeking something of a challenge, step out and do them all in a day.

Marokopa Falls, Waitomo

Marokopa Falls

The easy 20 minute return Marokopa Falls walk passes through a native forest of tawa trees and tropical-looking nikau palms to reach the viewing platform for the falls.
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Mangapohue Natural Bridge walk near Waitomo free things to do in Waikato

Mangapohue Natural Bridge

A short drive from Waitomo Village on the road to Marokopa is the Mangapohue Natural Bridge. The walkway is push-chair friendly, weaving its way through the impressive limestone gorge to the 17-metre high natural bridge, all that remains of an ancient cave.
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Piripiri Caves free caves near Waitomo things to do in Waikato

Piripiri Cave Walk

A short drive from Mangapohue Natural Bridge is the Piripiri Cave Walk. Take a torch and explore one of the few free caves in the Waitomo region. This five-minute saunter through native forest goes past impressive limestone outcrops and is family friendly. More info

Ruakuri Walk

Another short walk in the Waitomo region is Ruakuri Walk which takes you through Ruakuri Scenic Reserve, a place of strong cultural significance for Māori. The walk wends its way through native forest, past limestone outcrops and small caves that can be explored.
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Waitanguru Falls waterfalls near Waitomo free things to do in Waikato

Waitanguru Falls Walk

The pretty tiered Waitanguru Falls are secreted away in native forest off Mangaotaki Road to the west of Piopio. The walk from the roadside to the viewing platform is an easy one of 15 minutes roundtrip; there are some steps along the way.
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