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Health & safety

Dangers & annoyances

If you're planning on exploring caves or tramping around on the makatea you'll need some old clothes and good, sturdy shoes - second-hand trainers or hiking boots. Some of the caves can be quite muddy (especially after heavy rain), and your shoes are guaranteed to take a beating from the razor-sharp makatea. Take great care when you are walking across the makatea - the fossilised coral is extremely sharp. If you slip and fall, the very least you'd expect is a nasty gash. Remember to watch your head inside the caves.