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Time: 0.5 hours
Type: Walking Track
Description: A one way track to the Whatipu Caves Campground which 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.
What to Expect:
Walking tracks will:
- have easy to moderate grades with drained surfaces, generally consisting of a 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.
- walking tracks should be suitable for people with reasonable fitness levels.
How to get to Whatipu Caves Track:
Take the North-Western Motorway to the Great North Rd Exit. Follow Great North Rd onto Ash St which leads onto Rata St. Take Titirangi Rd right through Titirangi Village to the roundabout, take Huia Rd through to Huia. Continue on to Whatipu Rd for access to Whatipu at end of Whatipu Rd.
Park at the main carpark at the end of Whatipu Road. Cross the bridge 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.