Rawhiti Cave Car Park

Day Use Area

4.9 from 16 users.


Walk to a viewing structure at possibly the most diverse and extensive entrance and twilight-zone flora of any cave in New Zealand. Just after you leave the carpark you cross Dry River. From here, the marked route continues up the valley for 30 minutes and turns sharply right. It then climbs steeply for a further 30 minutes. The last section of the track is steep and narrow reasonable fitness and tramping experience are required for this section. The cave entrance and viewing platform are after this section. 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. No dogs.

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Lat: -40.878062 Lng: 172.856707

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DOC have closed the caves to assess safety due to recent rock fall. They've put up signs along the trail and also a little wire fence that you can easily hop over. The trail is still accessible right now, the whole walk took us an hour. There were no clear signs of danger at the caves entrance but use your own judgement and don't linger.



Most impressive cave that I've saw in South island ! We can't go inside , that's bad but it preserves it so ok :)



Disagree with the last comment, our campervan made the drive to the parking lot just fine even though it's been raining a lot and rained nearly the whole time we were there. Looked like they may have put down fresh gravel recently though. Cave is worth it, very impressive!! And there were cute goats there. :-)


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