Kiwi Cavers Discover New Cave with Magnificent Entrance

December 6, 2012 / New Zealand, Oceania
Looking across the Tablelands toward Mount Arthur. Kahurangi National Park, South Island, New Zealand.

Looking across the Tablelands toward Mount Arthur. Kahurangi National Park, South Island, New Zealand. Photo by True New Zealand Adventures/flickr

Cavers exploring in New Zealand’s Kahurangi National Park have discovered a new cave with what discoverers are calling most impressive entrance in the country.

The cave, dubbed Te Manui, was found during an expedition last week by a group 15 cavers, including two french speleologists. They had been exploring the drainage area of the Tablelands on the western side of Mount Arthur, a rugged region eroded into huge riffs, with cliffs everywhere.

Discovered by Nelson’s Rod Woodward and Kevin Pascoe of Canterbury, the two had opted to scour the opposite side of a cliff from where the rest of the group were searching.

I looked around the corner into this small valley and there was this massive cave entrance. There is a huge arch over the entrance which is about 30-metres wide and 15m high – it’s the most impressive cave entrance in New Zealand. Rod Woodward, one of the Discoverers of Te Manui

An initial investigation descending some 800 meters (2625 feet) into the virgin cave, 200 meters (656 feet) of which were mapped, discovered a magnificent chamber about 150 meters (492 feet) long and 50 meters (164 feet) wide.

Cavers find massive new limestone cave [Stuff.co.nz]

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  1. BW
    December 6, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    Wait… they descended 800m vertically into the cave? Or they walked 800m horizontally?

    • Caving News
      December 6, 2012 at 5:02 pm

      It must have been horizontally.

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