Know Before You Go
The Waipu caves are unregulated and unguided, which means visitors are responsible for their own safety (check the weather a week before going and never explore alone).
The caves are wet and slippery, and sometimes you'll need to wade through water up to waist-height. The inner chambers are suitable for experienced cavers only. Sinkholes are common and correct footwear and a head torch are necessary. Turn off all lights to make the most of the glow worms. Please respect the local area and take all rubbish home with you. There is a shower and toilets in the car park near the caves to clean your gear (and yourself, if you wish).