Around 30 minutes’ drive from the campground, Waipu Caves is one of Northland’s best kept secrets. Impressive limestone formations, an underground lake and a galaxy of glow worms are just a short walk from the parking area. The main cave is 175 metres long and encloses one of the longest stalagmites in New Zealand (eight feet high and six feet in diameter!). Take a torch, wear good walking shoes/sandals or gumboots and be prepared to get your feet wet – especially in winter.
For experienced cavers only, there are hundreds more metres of sacred underground passageways to explore, but please take adequate safety precautions and be aware of the weather, as flash flooding can occur during heavy rain.