North Shore Tramping Club
As the club hasn't been to the Nikau Caves for a few years, it must be time again to join us for this very different and really cool, adventurous trip, because who doesn't love Glow Worms! This is quite a different experience to Waitomo, the drive alone once off the motorway, is really stunning.
The cave tour is booked for 10.30am (TBC) and included in your cave tour cost is a safety helmet and torch and we will be split into groups of no more than 10 people to be guided through. The actual cave tour takes 1.5 hours.
For the first 20 metres you crawl into the Limestone cave, through a shallow stream, so you may get a bit damp. Then the cave opens out to an extremely comfortable standing height even for the very tall. Once into the cave you will see lots of incredible stalactites and stalagmites and amazing Glow Worms really close all around you! No touching anything though, as the acids in our skin destroy the creatures and formations. You reach the other end of the cave and come out into a magical other worldly lush type bush setting and return along the track to office.
We'll stop for lunch and you can bring your own lunch or order lunch at the cafe. After lunch we'll go for a walk to the really pretty waterfall which is also on Cave grounds.
Please bring a full change of clothes and shoes and bag for your gear (as usual) as you may get wet going through the caves.
Please note if there is heavy rainfall the night before or on the day, this trip maybe cancelled, but you will be advised accordingly and run a local tramp instead. If rain is light, the caving is still safe to proceed (message from the organisers and is still a lot of fun).
** To wet your appetite, their website is: http://nikaucave.co.nz/
****** PLEASE GIVE FINAL CAVE NUMBERS TO THE ORGANISER BY - THURSDAY 20th May 2021, 12PM *****
Non financial members must contact the organiser directly please
Bus Cost: Member $20.00
Cave Tour Cost: Adults $45.00
Children still at School $22.50
EFTPOS IS AVAILABLE, BUT THEY DO NOT ACCEPT CREDIT CARDS AT NIKAU CAVES.
THIS TRIP REQUIRES EVERYONE TO REGISTER WHO IS PLANNING TO GO INTO THE CAVES.
You are welcome to bring your own helmet and torch or headlight, but it makes not difference to the entry cost, as this private cave.
(If you live out that way, or far south, you may meet us there -1770 Waikaretu Valley Road, Waikaretu 2695)
* Only come out with us if you are well
* You are welcome to use your face mask and hand sanitiser.
* COVID-19 QR code available for scanning on our bus* If you have arrived from overseas in the last month, please stay away.
Organiser: Chris Peard
Phone: 0212770270 (newbie non-members no texts please) Driver: Craig O'Neill