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Bill Jackson, the tour guide for the Oparara Trust, took us on a sub-terrain tour of the Honeycomb Hill Cave system. His knowledge of the area, native plants and all things limestone simply blew me away.

The cave system includes 15 kilometres of tunnels over an area of land that measures 1,000 x 800 metres. The intricate limestone formations were millions of years in the making and because of the limited access the cave and its natural assets are in pristine condition. No graffiti or broken features!

The bones of over 52 species have been found in the caves, 28 or which are now extinct.  These include six species of moa and five complete skeletons of the extinct Haast Eagle. The glow worms were also spectacular and being able to see them, en masse, up close and personal was amazing.
 
Next time I will definitely go on the Honeycomb Hill Kayak Tour to see the most remote limestone arch in the Valley, and apart from put the Cave Tour on your Karamea "Must Do List" my other piece of advice is make the time to stop for the afternoon tea at the end of the trip, the home baking at the picnic spot is magic.

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