Nettlebed Cave, on Mt Arthur in Kahurangi National Park, is one of New Zealand’s deepest caves at 889 metres. It is also the third longest, with 24.25 kilometres of passages. It is a multi-level cave that is considered to be mostly explored. A trip through the cave usually takes two days, and a chamber known as Salvation Hall serves as the sleepover spot. Large systems like Nettlebed took many expeditions and years to explore.
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