A short drive from the Mangapohue Natural Bridge and west of Waitomo Village, is the Piripiri Cave Walk. Take a torch and explore one of the few free Waitomo Caves.

Piripiri Cave Walk, Waitomo Caves, New Zealand

Pirepiri Cave Walk, Waitomo

Perfect for families, this short 5 minute Waitomo walk takes in native bush surrounds and limestone outcrops before reaching the cave entrance.

A stair case then descends into the cave to a viewing platform where visitors can take in the sights of the large cave and the ecosystem within.

A torch is recommended for entering and exiting the cave, but the cave does photograph well.

While you’re there why not experience one of the other walks on offer in the area including the Marokopa Falls, Mangapohue Natural Bridge and Opapaka Pa. See the www.doc.govt.nz for more information on each of the trails.

Piripiri Cave walking trail details:

  • Time: 5 minutes one way to cave entrance (stairs involved)
  • Getting here: 29 km west of Waitomo on Te Anga Rd - 4 km on from Mangapohue Natural Bridge
  • More Info: www.doc.govt.nz
  • Please note: Many of the walking trails in the Hamilton & Waikato region do not allow dogs. Hamilton & Waikato Tourism recommended checking with the Department of Conservation before taking your dog on any of the trails in the region.