Okupata Cave in the Whakapapa area of Tongariro National Park
Image: Alan Cressler | ©



A natural network of limestone caves carved by the Okupata stream eroding the rock formations. The caves house delicate habitats of NZ cave weta and glow worms and these ecosystems can be impacted by visitation.

Walking and tramping

Expert: Route

Dog access

Dogs with a DOC permit for recreational hunting or management purposes only

Stay safe in the outdoors

Check, Clean, Dry

Clean all gear when moving between waterways to prevent the spread of didymo and other freshwater pests.

How to check, clean, dry your gear.


Tongariro National Park Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 7 892 3729
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Email:   tongarirovc@doc.govt.nz
Address:   Whakapapa Village
State Highway 48
Mount Ruapehu
Postal Address:   PO Box 71029
Whakapapa Village
Mount Ruapehu 3951
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