Cave Creek


Useful Information

Location: Paparoa National Park. Upper end of Cave Creek.
Open: no restrictions.
[2008]
Fee: free.
[2008]
Classification: ExplainKarst cave
Light: bring torch
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History

28-APR-1995 collapse of of a viewing platform at Cave Creek.

Description

Cave Creek Cave is located at the beginning of Cave Creek valley, it is the resurgence of a stream. The water partly sinks at the KarstBullock Creek Sinks to the north and flows south east underground through the CaveXanadu Cave system. From the resurgence it turns southwest and flows into the sea.

Cave Creek is an impressive karst feature, but it became infamous for the Cave Creek disaster. In 1995 a scenic viewing platform above a 40m deep cliff collapsed and 14 people died. The following examination revealed organisational flaws in the National Park system.