Okupata Cave in the Whakapapa area of Tongariro National Park

Image: Alan Cressler | ©


Explore a network of underground passages.

Track overview

Walking and tramping

Easy: Walking track

Dog access

Dogs with a DOC permit for recreational hunting or management purposes only

About this track


A natural and unmarked network of underground passages in Tongariro Forest.

Getting there

Turn off SH47 onto John McDonald Road (a gravel road that can be rough). Veer left at the Pukehinau Road intersection, and continue to caves.

Know before you go

Only enter the caves with people who know them well as it is easy to get lost.

Heavy rainfall may result in rising water levels in the caves, which may cause them to flood.

Before you go into the outdoors, tell someone your plans and leave a date to raise the alarm if you haven't returned. To do this, use the New Zealand Outdoors Intentions process on the AdventureSmart website. It is endorsed by New Zealand's search and rescue agencies and provides three simple options to tell someone you trust the details about your trip.




Tongariro National Park Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 7 892 3729
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Email:   tongarirovc@doc.govt.nz
Address:   Whakapapa Village
State Highway 48
Mount Ruapehu
Postal Address:   PO Box 71029
Whakapapa Village
Mount Ruapehu 3951
Turangi Office
Phone:   +64 7 384 7106
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Email:   turangi@doc.govt.nz
Address:   3 Town Centre
Turangi 3334
Postal Address:   Private Bag 2
Turangi 3353
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