Absolutely fantastic activity even though the water was extremely cold it was great fun. You don’t really need helmets but we had our ski ones and they were worth wearing as well as a pair of gloves. Read the info board and stick by the depth of water at the start, of it was any deeper than my waist it would have been more than a real challenge in places.
One of the coolest things we did the entire trip. The trek is about 45min. You’ll need a bathing suit and shoes you don’t mind getting wet (my friend did it in flip flops, he says, “it wasn’t easy”). Water mildly cold for us Canadians. Max it gets us up to your waist. Some small technical bits (climbing a ladder and some small waterfalls). As long as you watch where you step it’s fine. We went in mid March and didn’t need a wetsuit or any of that crazy stuff. Bring a headlamp and I wouldn’t suggest doing it alone. We saw a water eek - kind of cool. No spiders or any creepy stuff.
Overall super cool, would do again.
Our son took us through this with his wife.water was strong and deep but afterwards I realised how good it was.
Bob the genious
Had the bright idea of doing this at the end of March, after a rainy day and night, with a shitty torch in my hand. Some reviews say it is an easy walk but it varies a lot, the water was pretty high and at some point we couldn't get over a waterfall in the middle of the run, tried to climb around it but I fell off like an idiot but luckily I didn't hit anything. The walk Is absolutely amazing HOWEVER please don't go alone and take a fucking headtorch. Really fun to do but it was a bit scary, as someone who did this in not the easiest conditions I can say that it is still doable and can be fun but don't go alone and think well about going in. Water was cold af too. Best thing I did in NZ for me ;)
One of the best things we did in NZ while touring South Island.
All the signs give serious warnings about being properly equipped, as long as you are sensible and follow the advice not to go further if the first pool is above your chest you'll be fine -definitely bring a torch, preferable one for your head. A reasonable level of fitness required in that you've to scramble up a couple of bits - a leg up is usually enough though. Worth having a warm layer on but if you don't hang about too long and it's warm outside you'll be grand. A real giggle with friends and take time to look about you, not just at your feet to see where you are going, some people were shooting off past us, I hope they took in the wonder of what was above them.
A fun activity to do outwith the usual organised tours/activities and a pretty unique traverse through a cave. So glad we ticked this one off.
The most adventurous walk we did in NZ! You get to walk waist deep in crystal clear flowing water through an underground cave and climb small waterfalls - perfect, pitch black adventure!
A great location, you can walk through a cave, round about 45 minutes. It is dark inside and you need a head torch. The water is a little bit cold but a great experience.
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Great chance to explore an exciting and fun cave for free! Took all of my family (parents are 60). Walk through a limestone cave with water up to your knees for 45 minutes. All you need is some warm clothes and a torch!
Well organised paths to all features. Not geared up to walk through the cave stream but looks very demanding and not for the faint hearted - would give it a go, if I had the gear!
Just one word: AMAZING. Completely in the dark, in cold water, a good experience and free.
It is really amazing and it is free! 40 minute walk in the dark and beautiful rocks inside with the stream!
So exciting experience. A bit scary but keep going! Worth it! Do not forget a torch and check the water level before going in.
Really nice cave walk and nice views.
It is funny!
We wish we knew earlier about the Caves because we missed on near Invercargill. But it is perfect that they are open for the public - especially this one!
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600m of course in the cave with running water in it. Intriguing track and fun with the water.
This was definitely one of the most amazing natural places I visited on my holiday. As it was winter we didn't go caving but thought it might be worthwhile to at least walk up to the entrance. IT SO WAS! The photos do not do the enormity of this place justice, it was absolutely incredible!!
A tip: be sure to do both Walk 3 (to the entrance) and the far left side of Walk 2 to the cave exit.
VERY IMPORTANT TIP: It is important to remember at all times that people have died going into this cave. The gravity of this did not hit us until we reached the exit of the cave, where an extremely powerful water source plunges into a 3m deep pool. I was scared to go too far in on the left side, it was that powerful.
But it's definitely worth seeing and doing in warmer weather, just be aware of the water levels, power and whether it's been raining or not. I firmly believe the caving part of the walk should not be done in winter as hypothermia is a huge risk.
Really cool experience and kind of creepy. On hot days the water is not too cold and you do not need special clothes. Round about 500m through a stream in a cave.
Good to have information about the caves formation. Good short track to enter the caves.
Very nice little adventure in a dark cave.
1 hour prepared DOC walk in a complete dark cave with walking in the river that flows through the cave, torch required - will get wet - even climbing up little waterfalls - BEST thing ever.
Underground river which you can walk through, need torches and clothes that can get wet, so much fun! A real New Zealand adventure!
The best trip for free. It is so exciting and you have so much fun - do not forget a light.
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Awesome experience, bring a flashlight.
30 minute walk through the cave, need to have a good headlamp.
Great, loved it! Just fantastic, make sure you have light! Wear from warm waist upwards. Water shoes essential. Enjoy!
Nice little cave walk, through water - 1/2 an hour.
Funny to walk in the water stream, water was not cold - nice is summer, take a headlamp with you.
WOW! This was incredible. My first caving experience and it was a cracker. Did this first by myself then had to take my partner. It is safe as long as you take a torch and warm clothing on your upper body. Get ready to feel like Gollum!!
Awesome walk through this pitch black cave with water up to my waist. Feeling on the limit of claustrophobic but that gets the adrenalin going. Absolutely worth it.
Super fun! Bring a head lamp and make sure it isn't going to rain just as your going in ;-)
The best free thing I ever did. You walk in a cave that is dark and you have to hike.
You can go in without a guide and really nice cave.
Very spectacular walk through a creek in a cave. Be prepared. I would definitely recommend this walk. And it is even for free.
A fantastic adventure!
Great experience. I went in with my son (10) and daughter (13) and it was tough, but doable. The water was warmer then expected and it took us an hour. Once in a while the stream is going really fast and I needed to help the kids go over it. It was just a lot of fun!
This cave walk was fantastic! Low level of experience needed. Expect to get wet - it was waist deep in some areas when we went in November.
The signs make it seem a little life-or-death...but we had our torches ready and thru we went . wow wow wow!!
Great for those looking a bit of adventure! start from the downstream end, make sure you have at least two waterproof torches, and don't attempt it if it has been raining recently. Dress warmly (polprops under shorts & tshirts work well) as the water is cold and it is chilly out of the sun. moderate level of fitness required (there is a narrow ladder to climb at the end).
Unguided cave trek, hour long. Come prepared with a headtorch, waterproof/warm clothing and waterproof footwear. Cold but worth it!
You can go by your own through a 600m long cave. You should wear warm clothes, because you have to go through water. Beautiful cave and a great free! experience!!
A 1 1/2 hour walk through a stream in a cave. We wore shorts and watershoes. you can stand up all the way. Must have a torch. Fascinating formations on the cave walls. A MUST DO!!
Low level of experience needed and still fun to do. Bring your waterproof flashlights!
A good straight forward caving trip. A little challenging and very rewarding.
It is a great adventure to walk through the Cave but you will get wet so think about your clothes! Don't do that 'walk' if it is raining!!