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.
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.
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.