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Into the darkness

Abseiling into the darkness that is Harwoods Hole – one of NZ’s most spectacular caving experiences. Photo: Neil Silverwood
Area
Takaka
Distance
176m of vertical drop plus 1.3km cave length
Time
6-15hr depending on group size and members’ caving experience
Access
From SH60, near the top of the Takaka Hill, follow an unsealed 11km side road to Canaan car park
Harwoods Hole is a popular – and spectacular – destination for those wanting a short walk, but few venture into its depths. Alina Suchanski reports on a group who abseiled...

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