Piripiri Cave Walk

Piripiri Cave Walk

Waitomo

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5 Rankers Reviews

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17 Waitomo

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600 m return | 5 minutes return

This is an impressive cave with straws and speleothems on ceiling.

Access

The reserve is signposted 27.5 km from Waitomo. There’s a small parking area with picnic tables.

Track

The stepped track climbs and descends to a bluff at the cave entrance. A stepped structure then descends into the bowels of the carpacious cavern. Take a torch. It’s cold, wet and dark inside.

Return via the same track.

Geology

Caves such as this are formed like other limestone caves. The limestone here, as elsewhere, is the compacted remains of a reef system which once lay in shallow warm waters. Subsequent tectonic uplift has resurfaced the rock, which is mainly composed of calcareous matter, derived from the shellfish, fish and coral organisms. Limestone is susceptible to dissolving once water passing through it has an acid makeup, usually derived from absorption of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. This percolating groundwater decomposes the limestone, creating fissures and cracks streams can later exploit to form cave systems.

Speleothems are formed from the dissolved calcite being deposited as it drips from the cave roof. The carbon dioxide dissolved in the water is released to the cave atmosphere and the increased calcium load is precipitated onto the cave walls and ceilings. These processes give rise to the amazing subterranean artwork on display. Straws, stalactites and stalagmites drip from the cavern ceiling.

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Location

North IslandWaikatoWaitomo

Categories

  • Walking
  • Free

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Mark's avatar

Mark

Canada

Ranking: 6/10

Cool little cave to walk down into (stairs built). Not sure if there are more caves in the area to explore or not.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Duncan Mallison

United Kingdom

Ranking: 7/10

Near the caves there are various free walks to view some of the limestone scenery. The Marokopa Falls, Mangapohue Natural Bridge and Piripiri Caves.

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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Peter W.

New Zealand

Ranking: 7/10

Not a lot to see. A stiff uphill climb of good steps, then similar descent to cave entrance. Cave isn't much, but a steep wooden stepped descent into it's bowels. There are some small stalactites. No glow worms, and fortunately or unfortunately, no bats. But it is free, and that's worth the visit. The bush walk was nice. TAKE A TORCH - the more powerful the better to see into the recesses of the cave.

Reviewed almost 8 years ago

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Michelle Booty

England

Ranking: 8/10

Nice to go into a cave, take a torch and have no fear!!

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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