Rawhiti Cave route

Rawhiti Cave route

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Geart-Jan Benedictus

Ranking: 10/10

This cave is absolutely stunning! We never expected it to be this big and overwhelming. The walk is pretty short but might be harder during wet days. We did it during a draught so it was very doable, it took us around 30 min to get there. Some parts were a little steep but definitely not too hard if you're moderately fit. Probably one of the best (free) caves we've seen in our life, don't miss this!

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Alice and Emily Dee

New Zealand

Ranking: 9/10

Nearly did not see this place - very glad we did! The caves huge entrance allows sunlight to the very back wall, this means the stalagmites grow unlike most others, towards the light. Well worth the climb!

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

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Kate and Dom

United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

A challenging walk up a very steep narrow path which is quite slippery in some parts. The climb is worth the effort though for the great scenery on the way up and the huge cave at the top!

Reviewed about 2 years ago and experienced in February 2017

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Magdalena

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

The climb is quite hard but the cave is so worth it! The entrance to the caves is quite wet and slippery! Be careful. It is nothing if not adventurous getting up there. Someone gave us a top to go early, the sun really embraces the stalactites!

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in December 2016

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Louisa Theimann

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

The caves are unique to New Zealand, they are very old and open, so that the stalactites can grow towards the sun. The view is absolutely breathtaking, you feel so small when you stand under all these stones and rocks. Just the way up to these caves, it is very hard and steep most of the time. I needed a few breaks during the walk and it took me about 45 minutes to get there. Anyway, you get a fantastic experience!

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in December 2016

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Brent Johnson

United States

Ranking: 9/10

Magnificent cabe with stalactites from the underworld! Difficult scramble up to the cave entrance and could prove treacherous in heavy rain, BUT TOTALLY WORTH IT!! Epic spikes!!!

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in October 2016

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Danny

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Nice 40 minute walk along a river and through native bush up to a spectacular cave. Good shoes recommended, especially if carrying a baby as sometimes quite steep and muddy.

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in November 2016

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Sean

United States

Ranking: 10/10

Awesome!! There was a sheep on the ledge above the cave!!

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in November 2016

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Kayla

United States

Ranking: 10/10

Beautiful! Awe inspiring!

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in November 2016

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Anika Danits

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

It is very difficult. The way is just up and it is slippery but when you are there you get your surprise. The best cave I have ever seen in my life.

Reviewed about 3 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Tom Teuber

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

Very exhausting walk. 1 hour return and 30 minutes photo stop at the cave. The walk was slipper. There was a lot of rain in the days before.

Reviewed about 3 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Sven and Annie

Netherlands

Ranking: 10/10

Very special cave if you are up for a steep walk. The walk took us 1 hour but I guess we walked fast. Definitely a must do if you are in the area.

Reviewed about 3 years ago and experienced in January 2016

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Stefanie Giese

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

Hard walk! Do not underestimate and definitely wear good footwear. If you make it all the way the cave is fascinating and absolutely breathtaking. We were there all alone, which is quite a surprise but made it better. Definitely worth if you have the time.

Reviewed about 3 years ago and experienced in January 2016

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Lea and Emmanuel

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Steadily upgrading the small path with some big steps, where you have to climb a bit. At the top is a huge cave with stalagtites waiting for you to discover. Open cave, no climbing necessary.

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in January 2016

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Kristyna Mokrackoua

Czech Republic

Ranking: 7/10

Not a real fan of caves but this one is something! Millions of stalagtites hanging from the 'roof' of this huge cave!

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in January 2016

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David Schelensky

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Best thing to do in the park. Awesome view in the cave, nature is great. But a really hard walk up 2 kilometers.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Marilyn and Steffen

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Tough walk up! But a really beautiful cave. It is good for a short visit. It was really interesting to have some information on signs about the cave there.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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David and Stephan

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Steep walk but definitely worth doing, very slippery when wet, amazing stalagmites and stalagtites, great photocast.

Reviewed over 4 years ago and experienced in December 2014

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Nikolas Gut

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Absolutely worth it. Best cave I have ever seen. Not many people there. A little bit difficult to find.

Reviewed almost 5 years ago and experienced in April 2014

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Philip Schumann

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

I have never seen a cave like that. No lights necessary, tripod and sturdy shoes useful. Expect 1000 stalactites in weird shapes. 40 minutes walk from carpark.

Reviewed almost 5 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Sharon Wang

China

Ranking: 7/10

Two hour round trip. A bit strenuous but good exercise walking up to Rawhiti cave. Impressive view of Rawhiti cave, recommend to bring a walking stick as the path can be a bit steep and muddy after rain.

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in January 2014

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Ben Martin

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

A little adventure walked along a dry river bed then up a track to find this huge cave. Have seen many caves in my time and this was great.

Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in March 2013

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Katherine

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Found in Lonely Planet. Not signposted to so hardly anyone there. Gorgeous setting on someones farm with a steep climb up to an amazing, very unique cave.

Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in March 2013

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Colin Morbey

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

A good hour hike to a large cave system. Also visited Wainui Falls and Waikoropupu springs in same area (Free!)

Reviewed over 9 years ago and experienced in January 2010

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simonbo

Switzerland

Ranking: 10/10

Unexpectedly beautiful.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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ursinab

Switzerland

Ranking: 9/10

1 hour walk to cave. The cave itself is surprisingly beautiful. Wow!

Reviewed over 9 years ago