Nikau Loop & Kaiwhaniwha CavesBeginner
Submitted by Anna O'Brien
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Very easy to navigate. Follow the 4WD track alongside the river for 2.5km. (This track can also be cycled). Green signs clearly mark the route. The Nikau loop is a pleasant single track through native bush, mostly flat and non-technical. The Nikau loop is approximately 1.5km, so complete as many loops as required before returning along the 4WD track beside the river.
A small detour to the dark and interesting Kaiwhaniwha caves takes only a few minutes, but is worth it to climb through the 20 meter cave, at least once.
Toilets can be found at the Kaiwhaniwha campsite at the end of the 4WD track, just before the native bush section, as well as at the start of the track.
Features of interest
Kaiwhaniwha caves are an interesting small detour. 20 meters to clamber through, quite dark and muddy, likely to get wet feet.
Make Up of Run
Easy Single Track: 45%
Farm Road / 4WD Track: 55%
The following trails overlap with this run to some degree. You may wish to combine them but please note that to qualify for FKTs on these runs you should record a separate Strava activity for each
Kaiwhaniwha car park is on the right just before a bridge on Limeworks loop road. To start the track, cross the road by the bridge and follow the river.
Off-road parking for 40+ cars on a remote rural road.
Make navigation of this route super-easy by using the Capra app on your phone. View on Capra .
Whistle, First aid kit, Cellphone.
Take own water.
Can be muddy during winter. Runnable all year.
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See other runs nearby:
Harker Reserve to Vivian Falls
Ruapane Leg Burner
Karamu Walkway South
Lake D Dash
Pukekōhatu Pack Ponies
Pirongia Loop of Insanity.
Over and back on the Wairere Traverse
Waiotahi Karaka Trail