Clifden Caves, Eastern Bush

The Clifden Limestone Cave System is located in the Western Southland Region of New Zealand close to the hamlet of Clifden on private land.
The cave is formed in Miocene (c. 22 - 18 million years ago) limestone created from the accumulation of shell fragments, sand and pebbles in the Epeiric Zealandia sea, and is a solutional cave.
Glow worms or titiwai find a natural habitat in the Clifden Cave System because of the damp environment with little or no wind.
The cave system runs about 300m long and a marked through route with fixed ladders is available for properly equipped people who wish to experience caving, and other passages are accessible for experienced cavers.
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  • If you like caves this is a must - but you certainly need some fitness and strength. Sometimes we were scrambling through tight spaces, crawling under low rocks, clinging to the edges around a pool of...  more »
  • Not far from Clifden suspension bridge, 1 hour or so from Te Anau, located on along bitumen road, with no carpark (parking is on the gravel shoulder), and no toilets or other facilities. Be prepared t...  more »
  • Watch for flooding and bring 2 headlamps. But for the avid adventurer, this place packs good caving and glowworms.
  • Nice cave with simply way. Can you meet glowworms
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