Mangaone Caves track entrance

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First-time cavers including children can explore Mangaone Caves - enjoy karst type features, stalactites, stalagmites and calcite wall coverings.

Track overview

Walking and tramping

20 min one way Easy: Walking track

Dog access

No dogs

About this track


The track to the limestone cave follows a poled route over private farmland. Once past the first steep section, there are magnificent views of the coast - on clear days you can see as far as Mahia.

At the caves, steps lead into the main cavern. Two passages, approximately 3 metres above the floor of the main cavern, are reached by ladders.

Getting there

This reserve is 40 km from Wairoa. Turn off SH2 onto Mangaone Road, approximately 4 km north of Nuhaka or 5 km south of Mōrere Springs. Continue for 6 km up the narrow, winding and unsealed Mangaone Road.

The track is signposted on the roadside, where you can park your vehicle on a grassed area.

Be aware that logging trucks use the Mangaone road.

Know before you go

A torch or headlamp is essential. Hard hats are recommended.

The entrance to the caverns is narrow, slippery and requires you to step over a small hole. The main cavern is usually wet and muddy. Take care, especially with children.

The track passes over private farmland – leave gates as you find them.


Turanganui-a-Kiwa / Gisborne Office
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Postal Address:   PO Box 668
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