Charleston Gloworm Cave Tour
A simply stunning Eco-tour through the enormous Nile River Cave System in the Paparoa National Park.
You will be met at our modern Charleston Base where you will be equipped with a caving helmet and meet one of our great guides. A short drive will take you to The Nile River Canyon to board the Nile River Rainforest Train. This is the start of your journey into the lush rainforest, amongst impressive limestone cliffs surrounded by uniquely carved rock formations.
On your short walk to the cave you will enjoy the tranquil beauty of the lush native bush, soak up the peaceful atmosphere and finally leave the river bed to gain amazing views upon the river below on your way to the cave entrance. Leaving daylight behind you will explore the enormous Nile River Caves System, seeing, feeling and getting close to an ancient wonderland sculptured by water and decorated with fragile calcite formations.
You will visit the Hall of Refugees and its breathtaking calcite formations before emerging back to daylight to the awe-inspiring Ananui entrance series- a prehistoric wonderland of outstanding beauty before getting really close to amazing galaxies of glow worms in the active level. The guides will enrich your journey with captivating illustrations, explanations and stories before returning to the surface for a short stroll back to the train.
A journey that takes you into one of the few cave systems you can see in its natural, unspoiled state. This is a simply stunning Eco-tour in a very special place.
- Must be able to walk unassisted for two hours on uneven surfaces
- Warm clothing and robust footwear advisable
- Cameras permitted
- Trips takes 3.5 hours return from our Charleston Base
- Trips depart 9am, 11.30am, 2.00pm (10:00 am and 12:30 pm Winter)