Te Anaroa Cave

Long Cave

Useful Information

Location: Devil's Boots, Rockville, Aorere Valley, 8 kms from Collingwood, Golden Bay.
Open: 24-DEC to 23-JAN daily 10:30, 12:30, 14:30.
24-JAN to 23-DEC after appointment.
Fee: Adults NZD 20, Children NZD 10, Family NZD 50, Children (0-5) free.
Classification: SpeleologyKarst cave
Light: none, electric torches provided.
Guided tours:  
Address: John and Andrea McLellan, 526 Plain Road, Rockville, Collingwood 7073, Tel: +64-3524-8698, Cell: +64-275-248114, Free: 0800-832283 or 0800-tecaves (NZ only). E-mail: contact
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~1850 discovered by the Lash family.
1884 earliest signature in the cave by W.D. Lash.
1904 opened to the public.


The Te Anaroa Caves were discovered by the Lash family, who bought a farm in the area and called it Rockville. The original Te Anaroa Cave was later completed by two more discoveries, Te Anaroa Cave 2 and the Rebecca Glowworm Cave.

The caves are known for many beautiful speleothems, very bright and clear stalagmites and stalactites, curtains, straws and columns. Extraoridnary are the rare gypsum flowers. Other highlights are fossilized scallops in the limestone, layed open by erosion, and cave sediments with penguin bones. The cave contains some graffitti from past cave explorers. The earliest signature is by W. D. Lash, dated 1884.

The cave has paths and wooden stairs, but good walking shoes are essential. There is no electric light, but lamps of various types are provided by the guide. But still it is a show cave, just one of the rougher ones...

The name Te Anaroa Cave is Maori for Long Cave. Such descriptive names tend to be rather common and so there is a second tourist cave named CaveTe Anaroa Cave on North Island.

Nearby are the rocks called Devil's Boots, limestone formations looking like upside down boots, hence the name. The idea is that the devil is underground and his boots are sticking out of the ground. We think the limestone rocks look more like a petrified wave, but we guess the name wave rock was already used.