Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023


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Rawhiti Ramble

Takaka, Tasman

Submitted by Lauren Mai Anderson

Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023


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Rawhiti Cave Track is closed due to a dangerous rockfall that has happened on the track at the cave entrance. The track will remain closed while a safety assessment takes place. Please notify us if this changes.

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Grunt Factor: 9

Gnarl Factor: 90








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Trail Map

Type of Run

Front country - easily accessible

Out and Back

Undulating, some big hills


Run Makeup


Moderate Single Track

Technical Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +25.2%

Average Downhill Gradient: -25.2%


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Go through the gate and start by crossing the dry river bed and following it along to the start of the ascent. Follow the steep and rugged zig-zag track up to the cave entrance. Be prepared for some obstacles and hauling yourself up using anything you can get your hands on. A short, sharp climb with a great reward, and stare in wonder and amazement at the impressive Rawhiti Cave, before making your descent back the way you came.

The largest entrance to a cave in the whole of New Zealand awaits you at the top of the climb. A huge cave with gazillions of stalactites that are influenced by the growth of the moss.

Room for approximately 10 cars at the trail head.

8 km

9 minutes




Easy to follow


Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.

Water unavailable. Bring your own, this short run/hike will make you thirsty, especially on a hot day.

Be aware in heavy rain the dry river bed can flood and become impassable.

Lots of obstacles to navigate on this run, but nothing impassable.

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Trail Reviews

Awesome track! Short and grunty uphill with a huge cave at the top. Well-worth a visit!

Stefanie Parks

February 6, 2023

Do this run! Except bring your family and maybe do it as a walk ;) What a special place. I couldn’t help myself and shouted “Oh my God!” when we got to the cave. The other people there were too enthralled by the cave to mind.

Matt Halverson

March 20, 2022

A must do for any visitors to the bay. I'd suggest trading up to boots after any rain as the steep track gets pretty slippery/muddy. The cave entrance is stunning and Doc recently built a nice viewing platform. Years ago we spent a scary day exploring inside- what looks like a simple crater was a giant shaft filled in with car size loose boulders- and us feeling like ants crawling between them.

Mike McManaway

February 17, 2022

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