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Rawhiti Ramble , Tasman

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Rawhiti Ramble Beginner

Submitted by Lauren Mai Anderson

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Tasman and Nelson


Front country - easily accessible

Out and Back

Undulating, some big hills



1:00 (Slow)
0.45 (Moderate)
0.30 (Fast)



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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.

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Features of interest

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.

Make Up of Run

Untracked / Route only: 0%

Technical Single Track: 80%

Moderate Single Track: 20%

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  • Access

    From Takaka, drive east towards Pohara Beach. At Motupipi turn right into Glenview Road and then left into Packard Road.

    Rawhiti Cave is signposted from near the end of Packard Road through private property to an informal carpark. Leave the gates as you find them.

    It takes approximately 15 minutes to drive from Takaka to the carpark.

    Room for approximately 10 cars at the trail head.

    8 km

    9 minutes



  • Staying Safe


    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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