Cave Stream Scenic Reserve
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Hailz_777
Melbourne, Australia50 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
One of the best experiences during our recent trip to NZ. Reviews i read prior made it sound like a spot worth checking out but the experience was amazing and far beyond either of our expectations; my husband and i had a ball. Freezing water and don't attempt without a headlight, good footwear and reasonable fitness. One not to be missed
Written April 24, 2023
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TbAU00
Brisbane, Australia350 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2017 • Couples
So this review is from a claustrophobic scaredy cat and I'm still giving it an Excellent rating.

The water is cold, even in January, however your body quickly gets used to it. While they say the water at the start is waist deep, this might be the case for a 7' tall person, but for a shorty 5'6" guy like myself it came up to my chest, but after that first part it is mostly knee deep. Some of the water was quite strong flowing and all the strength I had was needed to hoist myself up some parts.

Momentarily, turn your torch off and you won't be able to see your hand in front of your face. A torch is mandatory obviously. As it was January I wore a shirt and board shorts. Some guys in the cave were shirtless. I'd imagine in any other season it would be too cold to wear so little clothing.

Being a little claustrophobic, I tended to just power through and not want to look anywhere but my feet, but my partner being the adventurous one continually said "how awesome is this?", and I was more like "Yeah, yeah just keep moving". I felt relieved when we caught up with a group of others in front of us doing it at the same time.
As has been said in other reviews, the last part is the biggest struggle. Cold, fast rushing waterfall that you have to pull yourself up with metal steps which feels so high when your climbing, and then a metal chain that you hang onto and slide along your belly until at last...you're finished.

So through all my dramatic thoughts of possible flash floods, earthquakes, torch failure which never eventuated, I was glad I accomplished it. When my partner asked if I wanted to turn around and do it all again, I firmly declined the offer.

This is a must do
Written January 11, 2017
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KScheepers
Christchurch, New Zealand518 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This cave stream walk is absolutely amazing and so much fun !!! It's one of those best kept secrets of the South Island and only an hour's drive from Christchurch. I take all my visitors here and everyone has asked to do that again !!! It's a must do activity and doesn't cost a cent. Just make sure you have a headlamp and trainers you don't mind getting wet !
Written December 27, 2014
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AlwiHafiz
Singapore, Singapore56 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2014 • Family
Being from the tropics, the weather at Cave Stream was still very cold to us even though it was near summer, especially since we were lightly clad to prevent clothing drag navigating the stream in the cave. Half the group dropped out at the cave entrance once they dipped their feet into the icy cold rushing water. But for the rest of us who persevered, we were rewarded with an exhilarating experience, navigating the rushing stream - at places up to chest-high - in complete darkness save for our small torches. Challenging climbs at a couple of spots, especially for the kids. This actually added to the fun for us as we had to organise ourselves such that the stronger ones were in front to help pull the others and at the rear to help push and ensure that the last person is able to climb. The last bit was a ladder climb followed by a crawl along a ledge with a 3-4m fall, but there is a chain to hang on to. Highly recommended family activity if you are in the vicinity and best of all, its free!
Written December 20, 2014
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NitroFastHarry
261 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018 • Couples
It was a clear and warm summer's day when it was suggested to attempt the cave stream. Not knowing much about the cave and after a quick search online I had a fair idea that this cave would be new, tough, and not for everyone - which lead to many doubts.

In hindsight, being poorly prepared, under dressed, and under supplied this cave has so much risk associated with it.

All the advice given by others previously should taken seriously (and then assess your ability to handle further problems): you will get wet, the water is cold and can be deep, there is a waterfall that needs to be ascended, the cave is dark and you cannot find your way without light (backup torch just in case is sensible), some upper body strength is required, sensible footwear required etc.

As I did the cave in summer, during a period of no rain, where the water depth and flow was manageable, and water temperature was fine, this cave was a great experience especially considering how poorly planned we were.

Knowing before hand that people have died in the cave, I think I would stayed outside.

It is a 5 minute walk down to the cave entry; water depth, flow rate, and temperature at the entry is key to the rest of the cave, and then just under an hour in the cave.

There is a carpark just off the state highway which has toilets and picnic facilities. There are other walks around the area in lieu of going into the cave.

There are no glow worms to be seen either; just not the right environment.
Written January 11, 2019
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Elliot D
9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2018 • Couples
Attempted this after a couple of days of snowfall/melt in the afternoon (worst time of day for snow melt). The water on entrance was slightly over waist height for me at 6' and we foind it difficult going. We got stuck at a waterfall we think about half way through (we tried a few approaches) however we gave up and went back out and discovered the water was well up to my chest height back at the entrance!

In spring time would advise checking with the DoC, bring warm clothes (walking back is harder and takes longer) and a headtorch is a must!

That said the cave inside is really cool and we both thought it was still an excellent experience!
Written November 23, 2018
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Matthew M
27 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2017 • Couples
2 of us went through upstream and loved it. Once you get used to the cold water it is awesome. Some tight spots where the water is powerful. Head torches are a must and good footwear. One of my favourite attractions, will go caving there again!!
Written December 2, 2017
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S Diker
68 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2017 • Friends
My travel mates and I (2 guys, 2 girls) all mid-20s did this walk on our way from Arthur's Pass towards Christchurch. Easy to navigate to and travel from. As previously stated, a very good set of head torches are a must. A good set of shoes does help but half the group did it with regular sports shoes, thermals do help as the walk can be anything from a breezy 15-20 minute walk through the caves to 45 minutes to an hour depending on your group. Again with a good set of head torches on everyone, it's a breeze.

One thing we noticed was that quite a few people were trying to start the walk from the wrong end of the track as it clearly states that you should go up "TOWARDS" current and not down as I can see that it would be quite dangerous and you are warned on the signage if you read it. We had someone warn us that it was really dangerous and they had hurt themselves but that was because they went in from the wrong end.

Do take your time if you are unsure of your footing as it is not overly slippery but it is awkward at places, and deep at others. Don't do it alone as i don't think it is a pleasant experience and not to mention dangerous.
Written March 28, 2017
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Matt W
Adelaide, Australia25 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2017 • Friends
A really cool experience. Walking upstream through a limestone cave with running water coming down it
Takes about 20-30kmins. The deepest part is the first 25-30m which was up to our waists. From then on it's mainly knee deep. Headlamps and adequate hiking shoes are a must.
Use caution and research when safe times are. (eg. Not during rainfall)
Written March 3, 2017
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Linda B
Townsville, Australia109 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2014 • Friends
I would not find navigating a dark tunnel filled with cold water fun!! So for all the other whimps out there ... it's still worth looking at the reserve if you stay above the ground. There is a well formed and well-signed walking track which will enable you to see both ends of the cave, the dry creek bed between, and some amazing limestone and glacial features. There are seats and lookouts, explanatory signs, toilets and picnic tables. Enjoy it.
Written February 19, 2015
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