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Mangapohue natural rock arch bridge

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PLACES TO GO IN THE WAIKATO

WAITOMO CAVES TO MANGAPOHUE ROCK BRIDGE TO PIRIPIRI CAVES

What to do near the iconic Waitomo Caves?

  • Visit a natural rock arch bridge Mangapohue Natural Bridge

MANGAPOHUE NATURAL BRIDGE

Mangapohue Natural Bridge is a spectacular sight. The 17 metre-high limestone arch which spans Mangapohue Stream is the remnants of an ancient cave system.  SHORT EASY WALK FOR KIDS.  The walk to the arches is through a fern filled gorge with mosses coated with dew.

Hint

Grab a coat as it can be chilly even in summer.

Beyond the elevated boardwalk the trail opens out into rolling hills and loops back with large rock forms dotted around the landscape. Look closely for fossilised enormous oysters and imagine the land under the sea.

The Department of Conservation describes the rock bridge …

The 17 m high limestone arch, which spans the Mangapohue Stream, is all that remains of an ancient cave system. From here the track becomes stepped and passes under the bridge giving a superb view of the ceiling studded with stalactite-like formations and an excellent view back down the gorge.

The track continues over farmland. Follow the marker posts around to the right and up the hill where you can see 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. Mangapohue Natural Bridge Walk: Waitomo area, Waikato region.

Natural bridge and caves on Mangapohue
Mangapohue boardwalk thru native bush, New Zealand
Mangapohue boardwalk

Combine this walk with Piripiri Cave Walk and Marokopa Falls Walk on a scenic drive from Waitomo to Marokopa.

Check out Waikato Kiwi Towns for more inspiration what to do and where to go nearby Mangapohue Natural Bridge:

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