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Mangapohue natural bridge attraction

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Waikato, North Island

What to do nearby Waitomo Caves

Mangapohue natural bridge is a scenic attraction in the Waikato nearby Waitomo Caves.

Natural bridge and caves on Mangapohue, Waikato, New Zealand
Natural bridge and caves on Mangapohue

Mangapohue natural bridge – highlights

  • Scenic wow moments as you walk underneath a massive rock arch
  • Loop track 700 m easy short walk for kids, all age groups on firm boardwalk

Mangapohue Natural Bridge is one of the most spectacular sights in the Reserve. The 17 metre-high limestone arch which spans Mangapohue Stream is the remennats of an ancient cave system. The short walk is reminiscent of where goblins and fairies might live. It is a great walk for kids.

  • Duration 30 minutes (return)
  • Location The track starts on Te Anga Road, 25 km from Waitomo Village.

Mangapohue Natural Bridge is a highlight on the scenic drive from Waitomo to Marokopa and beyond. The 17 m high limestone arch, soars over the Mangapohue Stream. The natural rock bridge is the remains of ancient cave systems similar to the Waitomo Caves. From the bridge arch lookout the track has steps. For those willing to walk further you will discover a ceiling glimmering with stalactites.

Continuing past the bridge arch you transverse farmland. Look closely at the cliffface for ancient 25 million year old fossilised oysters exposed in the limestone outcrops. Follow the marker posts until you cross a stile back into the reserve heading back to the car park.

Combine this walk with a day exploring beyond the Waitomo Caves. Explore the Mangapohue Natural Bridge Walk and Piripiri Cave Walk on a scenic drive from Waitomo to Marokopa finishing in Te Kuiti.

Mangapohue boardwalk thru native bush, New Zealand
Mangapohue boardwalk

Undoubtedly Waitomo Caves and Hobbiton are the major drawcard for visitors to the Waikato however beyond the tourist circuit are glimpses of raw beautiful New Zealand where very few visitors go. Dust off your explorer jacket and follow roads less travelled.

Mangapohue rock arch location

Te Anga Road, Te Anga 3988

Check beforehand for track conditions Mangapohue Natural Bridge – Waitomo – Hamilton & Waikato.

Explore nearby What’s so great about Marokopa, what to see and best things to do and find a beach where the only access is a tunnel, the Waikawau Tunnel and Beach.

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