Cave Stream Scenic Reserve, Canterbury Region

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  • This trip is great fun invoving a short walk to a large entrance where the water leaves the cave. The trip involves waist deep water near the entrance but generally it is less than knee deep. The goin...  more »
  • Really enjoyable walk thru the beautiful lime stone cave. Water is swift in places and very cold when you first get in and there is a small amount of climbing to do. Wear running shoes at a minimum. E...  more »
  • I stopped here by chance one 30-degree afternoon and only had the tme and equpment to walk to the cave entrance. The path is well maintained and access to the cave is free. Next tme ...  more »
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  • Epic! Do not miss if you are in this area. If I had to choose 1 thing to do again on the South island it would be this. We just thought it would be a cave to take a picture of from the outside. Little did we know it was a fantastic 45 minute adventure. Go to the right from the parking lot as you want to go upstream through the cave. We wore shorts and t-shirts and running shoes. Don't wear cotton as it will keep you cold. I was glad for the shoes vs sandals as you end up putting your feet in between rocks that could leave a mark. Flip flops will be gone in no time. It starts off in chest deep water that freaks you out a bit. That is the deepest section with the rest being mostly calf deep. It is best to have both hands free to navigate and prevent your head from hitting a wall. Only 1 section is a bit tricky. At about half way there's a small falls that doesn't have good foot holds so you may need some teamwork to get up and over. The end bit has you climb up out of the waterfall hole via some metal rungs and a chain. Fantastic stuff!
  • We fitted this into a 3 hour deviation during out drive from mt cook back to Christchurch and it's a must do. We think it's underrated as an adventure. It was an amazing experience to hike through the pitch dark cave with water under your feet. It could be waist deep at a few places for really short stretches but just knee and ankle deep water mostly. Even thought it was cold outside, inside of the cave was warm and you'll get used to the water temperature. We went in swim wear and a wind cheater. Wind cheater helped during the hike down to the cave entrance and back up because it was cold windy. Make sure you take the right path down from the parking to the spot where the river comes out of the cave and walk against the flow. Check on weather conditions and don't go in if it's raining (slight drizzle is OK) or the water is murky. There is a bit of a tricky ladder at the very end where extra care is required. Some spots where the water flows rapidly, you may need to help each other in the group. Please carry one torch per head and that needs to last an hour. Extra batteries if you want to be safe. Camera may get wet. We didn't take any pictures and only have the experience to leave a lasting impression!!
  • Spent 2 weeks in NZ and this stop was one of the best throughout our entire trip. Make sure to have good water shoes and headlamp. The entire cave takes about 45 min.
  • Amazing Place and an interesting experience. Worth to go. Don't forget that you must have head torches and extra clothes. Because you will get wet up to your chest at some points.
  • Walk underground through a ankle-knee river in complete darkness. Amazing! Remember a head lamp. Sports shoes, t shirt and shorts and you should be on your way.

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