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Address: The caves are located approximately one
kilometre north-east of the
Clifden Blackmount corner
(State Highway 96) on
Clifden Gorge Road.

Directions: The cave entrance is signposted
from the Clifden Gorge Road. Parking is available adjacent to the caves

Clifden Caves

The Clifden Caves are one of only a few cave systems in Southland. Access to the caves is though private property, please respect the area.
There is a signpost opposite the car park indicating the
cave entrance. Access to the caves is over the stile.
It requires approximately 1 2 hours to travel through
the entire cave system and return to the car park along
the road. It is advisable to enter this cave system at the
upper or lower entrances and travel south to the exit. This
will minimise the time spent with wet footwear and clothing
after passing through the pool section of the cave.
A high level of fitness and agility is required to navigate the
cave system. Some passages are narrow and will require
crawling on hands and knees.
Follow the orange triangular markers which indicate the
route through the cave system.
About one hour into the caves there is a small pool which
requires a short sidle along a narrow ledge situated around
the left hand side of the pool. This pool is cold and deep.
Passing along the ledge should be undertaken one person
at a time. The ledge is likely to be under water be
prepared to get wet feet.
Following along from the pool, there is an intersection
stay left in order to exit the cave system safely (the right
hand route should only be undertaken by experienced
cavers who have ropes and climbing equipment). After the
pool there are several fixed ladders to climb up and down.
These are only suitable for one person at a time.

This business appears on the following trail(s):

- Riverton - Aparima Heritage Trail



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