Waipu Caves Freedom Camping


4.5 from 25 users


Waipu Caves Rd, Waipu 0582, New Zealand, North Island



Freedom camping permitted in designated spaces in the Waipu Caves car park. You may stay a maximum of 1 night. Camping in both self-contained and non self-contained vehicles and also tents is permitted. Be responsible with your waste wherever you camp. Carry in, carry out. Leave no trace. From the caves, a 2-km walk leads you through a picturesque karst limestone landscape across farmland and regenerating bush to a point where you can take in the magnificent views. Within the entrance to the caves themselves, you will find stalactites, stalagmites and glow worms.

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Lat: -35.934386 Lng: 174.348157

User Reviews



Stayed here one night last night as did one other camper. We were in our ute and rooftop tent. Gravel surface, but all good. Clean toilets, no shower anymore and yep, so close to the caves, literally 5 minute walk from carpark/campsite. Definitely recommend. Keep it clean, keep it free.



Lovely spot, lots of mosquitos though, not far from the caves with flushing toilets. Shower still broken.


Sheryl W

A magical place - wish we could have stayed longer. Clean toilets. Shower not operating. Loved it here. Caves were awesome. Go at night for best glow worm experience but go back in the morning to explore the caves which go a long way. Wear old sneakers and shorts so you can wade through the tunnels. Highly recommended!


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