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Nikau Loop & Kaiwhaniwha Caves, Waikato

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Nikau Loop & Kaiwhaniwha CavesBeginner

Submitted by Anna O'Brien

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Front country - easily accessible


Totally/mostly flat

Native bush


1:00 (Slow)
0:45 (Moderate)
0:35 (Fast)



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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.

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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%

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