Walks and reserves
The Waitomo District has a number of beautiful walks. Many of these are gentle walks to be enjoyed by all.
Mangapohue Natural Bridge
- Location: 26 km West of Waitomo Caves Village on Te Anga Road
- Duration: 25 minutes
Situated 5 km past the Appletree Road turn-off, Mangapohue Natural Bridge is one of the most spectacular sights in the Reserve. The 17 metre-high limestone arch which spans Mangapohue Stream is all that remains of an ancient cave system.
Location: 28 km west of Waitomo Caves Village on Te Anga Road
Duration: The walk to the cave takes about five minutes but the amount of time you spend in the cave is up to you.
Look at the layers of giant oyster fossils towards the back of the cave. This cave is not operated commercially so you are on your own. You will need a torch, as there is no natural lighting in the cave, and boots as the cave floor is slippery.
- Location: 30 km west of Waitomo Caves Village on Te Anga Road. Duration: 30 minutes return
Marokopa Falls are a short drive (approximately two kilometres) from Piripiri Cave.
The 30 metre high falls are often described as the most beautiful in the country! Take the short track (30 minutes return) to a platformed area for a spectacular view of the falls.
Ruakuri Bush and Scenic Reserve
- Location: 5 minutes drive from Waitomo Caves Village
- Duration: 45 Minutes
The Ruakuri Natural Tunnel Walk is one of the most remarkable free activities you can enjoy during your King Country stay. The walk includes limestone and native bush, tunnels and glowworms at night.
Pureora Forest Park
- Location: Visit Pureroa, a 45 minute drive from Te Kuiti to experience nature at its best. Take a Mt Pureora track to see some of the best views of the region, taking in Lake Taupo and Mt Ruapehu. See the giant totara trees and dense rimu forest.
For further information visit the Te Kuiti Department of Conservation Office, Taupiri Street, Te Kuiti. www.doc.govt.nz