Clifden Caves, Eastern Bush

4.8
#16 of 18 in Nature in Southland Region
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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  • 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 »
  • Going to the Clifden Caves always makes you feel adventurous. You bring your torches and in you go. Try to make it to the pool at the end and then turn around or, if you are really adventurous, try to...  more »
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  • 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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