Xanadu Cave

Useful Information

Location: Upper Bullock Creek gorge. Paparoa National Park, between Westport and Greymouth.
Open: no restrictions
Fee: free
Classification: SpeleologyKarst cave. Oligocene limestone
Light: none, bring electric torch
Dimension: L=5,000 m.
Guided tours:
Address: DOC Punakaiki Field Centre, Main Road, PO Box 1, Punakaiki, Tel +64-3-731-1895, Fax +64-3-731-1888. E-mail: contact
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The Xanadu Cave system is the connection between the Bullock Creek sinks all along Bullock Creek Gorge and the resurgence at Cave Creek. The system is water filled and very dangerous. There are guided tours which seem to be safe, but we discourage any self-guided tours into this cave. Please contact a tour operator at Greymouth for a black water rafting tour.