Nikau Cave field trip
Saturday 12 April, leaving at 8 am – Payment to: Reg Salter
We have made a booking and there is a maximum of 10 people, cost is $35 per person with minimum of 3 people. You need to book your place by paying the full amount of $35 to Reg Salter before the end of March.
Get in quick as space is limited. We will be carpooling and recommend that members contribute $10 – $20 to the driver for petrol. A decision on where we meet in Hamilton will be made once we know who is going.
Nikau Cave is one kilometre long, has a stream running through it and is in its natural state.
The tour departs from the café and usually takes one and a half hours. The walk to and from the cave is through a working farm and native rainforest. The tour follows the river which runs through the cave, this means feet will get wet. Most of the cave is open and spacious except for a twelve-metre length, which must be crawled through, people will get their clothing wet in this section. This trip requires a good level of fitness.
An experienced guide will lead you through the cave and will point out many interesting features and give you some background on their formation.
A wide variety of stalactites and stalagmites can be seen, including giant pillars, fine straws and flowing shawls. The cave has an abundance of calcite formations and many glow-worms. The glow-worms and their dewy threads may be studied up close. In the big, cathedral-like cavern they resemble the night sky.