Waitomo Te Anga Rd (H8)

Exploring the Te Anga road westwards from Waitomo Caves to the coast at Morokopa and Kiritehere.

GPS: -38.261408 174.899181

Mangapohue Natural Bridge road sign.

Mangapohue Natural Bridge road sign.

 

The Mangapohue Natural arch.  The track ascends a starway up thru this spectacular double archway!

The Mangapohue Natural arch. The track ascends a starway up thru this spectacular double archway!

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Looking down from the top of Mangapohue Arch.

Looking down from the top of Mangapohue Arch.

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The Limestone boulders outside the Mangapohue arch are chock full of fossilized oyster shells.

The Limestone boulders outside the Mangapohue arch are chock full of fossilized oyster shells.

And, on to the Piri Piri Cave…

Piri Piri Cave road sign.

Piri Piri Cave road sign.

 

 

The newish (2010) stairway ddown into Piripiri Cave.  No headlamp needed to simply see the cave from the stairs.

The newish (2010) stairway ddown into Piripiri Cave. No headlamp needed to simply see the cave from the stairs.

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The stalactite ceiling of Piripiri cave.

The stalactite ceiling of Piripiri cave.

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The big stalagmite inside the deep reaches of Piripiri Cave.  You'll need to hop the fence and have two sources of light to go deeper than the staircase view.

The big stalagmite inside the deep reaches of Piripiri Cave. You’ll need to hop the fence and have two sources of light to go deeper than the staircase view.

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The wall of fossilized oyster shells deeper within Piripiri cave,The wall of fossilized oyster shells deeper within Piripiri cave,

The wall of fossilized oyster shells deeper within Piripiri cave.

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Marokopa Falls view platform

Marokopa Falls view platform

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Marokopa Falls from the slippery path down to the falls.  As you get closer, a circular rainbow will surround you.  Afternoon light is best at this west-facing cascade.

Marokopa Falls from the slippery path down to the falls. As you get closer, a circular rainbow will surround you. Afternoon light is best at this west-facing cascade.

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Kiritehere Beach

Kiritehere Beach

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Kiritehere Beach as seen from hillside farm track.

Kiritehere Beach as seen from hillside farm track.

Marokopa Beach and river mouth as seen from farm track above Kiritehere Beach.

Marokopa Beach and river mouth as seen from farm track above Kiritehere Beach.

 

 

Another of those epic sunbeams-shooting sunsets, this time at Kiritehere Beach.

Another of those epic sunbeams-shooting sunsets, this time at Kiritehere Beach.

Another of those epic sunbeams-shooting sunsets, this time at Kiritehere Beach.

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One Response to “Waitomo Te Anga Rd (H8)”

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