|Location:||South of the Fox River mouth. Paparoa National Park, Punakaiki, north of Greymouth. 46km from Westport, 99km from Hokitika.|
|Classification:||Karst cave. Oligocene limestone|
|Light:||none, bring electric torch|
|Address:||DOC Punakaiki Field Centre, Main Road, PO Box 1, Punakaiki, Tel +64-3-731-1895, Fax +64-3-731-1888. E-mail:|
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|Last update:||$Date: 2015/08/30 21:57:46 $|
Teorumata Cave or Matuku Cave is located on the south side of the Fox River mound. It was used by Maori and Pakeha for sleeping and storage. The legendary Ngarara, an enormous lizard, is said to have lived here and devoured the occasional passer-by.
The cave and an arch on the left side of the road, just a few meters south, are cut out of breccia. This is a geological oddity in the limestone karst area of Paparoa National Park.
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