Story: Caving

Winching from Harwoods Hole

Winching from Harwoods Hole

On 4 January 1960 New Zealand had its first caving fatality. Peter Lambert was being winched out of Harwoods Hole on Tākaka Hill when a rock was dislodged from the top and struck him. The tragedy overshadowed the cavers’ achievement – they had successfully winched into the Harwoods Hole. A party of four had also gone up The Gorge Creek and seen the dye that other cavers had placed in the stream at the bottom of the hole – proving that the systems were linked.

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Carl Walrond, 'Caving - Caving in New Zealand', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 24 January 2022)

Story by Carl Walrond, published 24 Sep 2007