Waipu Caves

Waipu Caves

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118 Freedom Camping

24 Whangarei




One night maximum
You must park in the designated site that is indicated by signage
If the site is full, you must move on


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Backpack On Fire

Ranking: 10/10

Camping is good, caves are incredible. Amazing place to see glow worms for free. As mentioned in previous comments once in the cave go left, cross the river 3 times and stop once you get to where the river goes under a section you would have to wade through. This part has the best glow worms. You can duck and wade through the river to the next cave for an added adventure but the glow worms are less in the next cave. Good toilets and cold shower. Highly recommend you add this onto you trip. We loved it so much we are doing a full YouTube video on just the caves!!!

Reviewed 1 day ago

Milly's avatar


Ranking: 7/10

A little off the beaten track but worth it once there. Quite busy but nice little community. Cool to see the glow worm caves.

Reviewed about 1 month ago

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Stacey's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Great spot! Large gravel parking area and a massive mown grass paddock for tents and games. The cave is just across the paddock (less than 1min walk) and the glow worms are 30m inside it. Good idea to wear shoes that you don’t mind getting wet in the underground stream. And a torch...so you see the holes and slippery bits. The toilets are adequate and there’s an outdoor cold water shower. Access is along a gravel road but it’s an easy drive in.

Reviewed 2 months ago

Lisa's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Already quite crowded in November. Nice place to see glowwormd

Reviewed 3 months ago

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Ranking: 6/10

Campsite is fairly off the beaten track, have to go quite a few miles on dirt tracks to get there and there is no cell reception once you get there. Toilets weren’t in good shape and only a cold shower available. However worth it if you want to see the glow worms for free (would recommend, were ace), just make sure to bring a torch and go all the way into the cave to see them best

Reviewed 3 months ago

Emma's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

What an amazing spot! Stayed 16/7/19.
Really far off the main road through the mountain, so no highway cars to be heard. You go over a bridge into the parking lot and the toilets are right there. The Waipu caves are only a 2min walk across a empty paddock and into the forest and are stunning! 10steps in and you can see the glistening glow worms. The only reason this isn’t a 10/10 is due to no kitchen fascilities and no showers (but there is a foot shower just next to the toilet) really nice location for self contained, non self contained and tents! Highly recommend this spot one of my favourite places, can’t believe it’s free! My self and my partner had no cellphone reception until we came back onto the highway.

Reviewed 6 months ago

Anthony's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

The caves are nice and the hike up to the top of the hill is very lovely. The hike is kind of hard to find, but basically just go to the left of the caves and you'll find it. There is no service out there, so make sure you know how to leave before you go to the site. Offline maps helped us.

Reviewed 7 months ago

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JT's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

the picture is not up to Date. there is lot of space for camping. we think for more than 30 cars. the cave is nice to visit. many glow worms.

Reviewed 10 months ago

Kristen's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Arrived around 6pm and several campers were already set up, got full throughout the evening despite the listed 5 campervan restriction. The parking area was large enough so it wasn't an issue.
Short walk to the cave and there were plenty of glow worms right inside the entrance - no reason to wade through the water unless you want the experience.
Toilets were decent and there's an open shower for washing your feet after the cave. Some people went to the cave in the morning around 9 or 10, but the tour groups show up then so I would recommend going at night.

Reviewed 11 months ago

Andrej's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Very quiet and lovely place. Toilets were clean and had water and soap.

It is a bit in the middle of nowhere, but worth it.

Reviewed about 1 year ago

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Laurine's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Good parking spot for one night. Toilets were not really clean in the evening but have been cleaned the next morning. Toilet and parking area has light in the night. There is a cold shower for the visitors of the Waipu Caves (which is a 1 minute walk away) to clean their muddy feet, but it doesn't have doors and walls. There are houses that aren't so far away so we felt save. Place we're quite busy the next morning but in the evening before we were the only ones in the caves for half an hour or so. Only one other campervan there over night (in September).

Reviewed over 1 year ago

Joseph's avatar


Ranking: 7/10

Down a very bumpy and some one lane corners but ok for a nights stay if you’re looking at the caves but the walk way they have there is for a look out that isn’t that great and very muddy!! The only caves are through the trees on the bottom by the car park, paid WiFi here too but bit pricy

Reviewed over 1 year ago

Juliane's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Good spot! Road was s bit scary with a big mobilhome in the darkness. Place was busier than expected.

Reviewed over 1 year ago