Cave Stream Scenic Reserve

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A 594 m long cave within Cave Stream Scenic Reserve is one of the most outstanding natural features in the Canterbury region. The cave passage meanders and twists in pitch darkness for 594 metres between the two entrances. It takes approximately one hour to go through. There is a 3-metre waterfall at the inlet end. You must be fully prepared with the right equipment. Cavers are recommended to enter the cave at the outlet end and walk against the flow of the stream. To assist climbing out the inlet end of the cave, a fixed ladder ascends beside the waterfall. A chain and steps help to get along the overhang ledge to the exit. Caving parties should have at least two reliable lights per person plus spare batteries, warm polypropylene or wool clothing, and sturdy footwear. Check the weather forecast before you leave home, and check conditions when you reach the reserve. If the stream is abnormally high, with the water dis-coloured or foaming, do not attempt to enter. Any snow on the nearby mountains will mean the water will be near freezing (i.e. very cold!) Watch your party for signs of hypothermia. The cave walk is not suitable for small children. No dogs. Camping is prohibited within the reserve.

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Location

Lat: -43.196692 Lng: 171.743301

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LottieGC96

Did it today. The first pool came almost to my chest but after that it was mostly ankle to knee deep and occasionally waist deep. Took us 40 minutes to get to the other side. The last bit with the rungs and the chain where you have to scoot along above a sheer drop off felt a bit sketchy! It was feet numbing but fun nonetheless!

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LottieGC96

Did it today. The first pool came almost to my chest but after that it was mostly ankle to knee deep and occasionally waist deep. Took us 40 minutes to get to the other side. The last bit with the rungs and the chain where you have to scoot along above a sheer drop off felt a bit sketchy! It was feet numbing but fun nonetheless!

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nztravellor

Looked like so much fun and the water temperature was definitely fine. We just did a few steps inside, as we then saw some babyeels and were frightened if there might be some other - maybe even bigger - animals inside the water ... any experiences here?

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