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Crystal formations in a pool, Photo credit: WHiO Photography


Nettlebed Cave, on Mt Arthur in Kahurangi National Park, is New Zealand’s deepest cave at 1174  metres.

Hundreds of metres below the ground, far beyond where natural light has ever penetrated, a group of Kiwi cavers have discovered something small, but significant – a connection between two massive cave systems in the Arthur Mountain range of the South Island of New Zealand.

Nettlebed Cave is a limestone cave located in the Mount Arthur region of the northwest South Island of New Zealand.  Nettlebed Cave was thought to be the deepest cave system in the southern hemisphere. The Nettlebed system is now 1174m of vertical (The deepest in NZ) with the discovery of a new entrance series that was recently connected, and is now the second longest passages at 38.252km.



A trip through the cave usually takes two days, and a chamber known as Salvation Hall serves as the sleepover spot. Large systems like Nettlebed took many expeditions and years to explore.

Photos: 

Crystal formations in a pool, Photo credit: WHiO Photography
Crystal formations in a pool, Photo credit: WHiO Photography
Photo credit: Nicolas C. Barth.

Photo credit: Josep Herrerías & Núria Zendrera




Photo credit:  Neil Silverwood/Barcroft India
Photo credit:  Neil Silverwood/Barcroft India

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Bevan Thrower said... December 21, 2016 at 11:27 AM

Recent discoveries now have the depth of the Nettlebed system at 1174m and now the second longest at 38.252km. The deepest through trip in New Zealand. Check out http://caves.org.nz/cave-statistics/

 
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