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Limestone Caves at Patarau


Takaka country is rich in minerals of many kinds and as well is the happy hunting ground for the Nelson Speliological Group. Limestone caves are in abundance here, and new ones are being discovered quite regularly. One such contains this magnificent shawl formation of stalagtite - considered one of the outstanding in New Zealand. Inspecting it here are Judy Kershaw and Carol Don.
(Pictures by group member Wally Golledge)



The party traversing rugged limestone country on the way into the caves. From left David Kershaw (leader), Judy Kershaw, Carol Don, Ian Townsend and Peter Kettle with the portable ladder.


Through the "gateway" - one of the outstanding formations


The cactus garden