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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.

 

Inside Nettlebed Cave: Crystals In a Pool (PHOTOS)

Crystal formations in a pool, Photo credit: WHiO Photography

 

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.

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Inside Nettlebed Cave: Crystals In a Pool (PHOTOS)

Crystal formations in a pool, Photo credit: WHiO Photography
 

Inside Nettlebed Cave: Crystals In a Pool (PHOTOS)

Crystal formations in a pool, Photo credit: WHiO Photography
 

Inside Nettlebed Cave: Crystals In a Pool (PHOTOS)

Photo credit: Nicolas C. Barth.
Inside Nettlebed Cave: Crystals In a Pool (PHOTOS)
Photo credit: Josep Herrerías & Núria Zendrera
 

Inside Nettlebed Cave: Crystals In a Pool (PHOTOS)

Photo credit:  Neil Silverwood/Barcroft India
 

Inside Nettlebed Cave: Crystals In a Pool (PHOTOS)

Photo credit:  Neil Silverwood/Barcroft India

 

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