Cave Stream Scenic Reserve, Canterbury Region

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  • Just a 5-minute drive from Castle Hill, and walked through the road. From the parking spot down to the stream, you'll have to wade through the caves. Be sure to have enough equipment, a hand or a waterproof device to wade in, although the February sun is warm, but the water is very cold, the caves are also very cool to pay attention to safety. If you are not ready to tens, do not go to risk.
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  • Although Castle Hill is the true gem in this region ... Cave Stream is an amazing place to explore as well. The cave is well-maintained in areas with iron-hand-holds. You can hike from one end through...  more »
  • It is really a must, if you're around. Everybody told me, it would be very cold and I should have a wet suit, so I was afraid, if my beach short will be enough. :) But it was ok with some warm shirts ...  more »
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  • What an incredible place! 590m of underground caving. It will be especially cold in winter, however, take a wet suit. This is an experience well worth it and having travelled most of NZ, I feel I can say that this is one of the best experiences to be had.
  • Really nice cave, just need to be prepared, have a torch with you and proper footwear, you won't be able to do it in flip flops or sandals. Only thing is that there are no signs from the car park as which direction is what end of a cave, so if you go left path you will end up at the end of the cave and you can do it back to front but for security reasons they tell you to do it other way around and go against the stream, other two footpaths will take you to the bottom start of the cave where you also encounter the deepest water which is waist or breast deep and the rest of the cave is shallower, have fun!
  • 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!
  • If you ask me what is the most unforgettable experience in NZ, I would said the experience we had in this walk through total darkness, cold running water and bare footed. Yes, bare footed as we are not prepared. Well at least we had touch which is water resistance. In fact it's an unplanned itinerary and turn out to be the most adventure trip we had. I would highly recommend this 👍
  • 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!!
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