Charleston Gloworm Cave Tour
A simply stunning Wilderness Eco-tour through the enormous Nile River Cave System deep 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 passionate 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, surrounded by uniquely nature carved rock formation and impressive limestone cliffs.
On your short walk to the cave you will enjoy the tranquil beauty of the lush native bush in this ‘Untamed Natural Wilderness’ environment. On leaving the river bed you will climb 131 steps to the cave entrance while gaining stupendous views back down to the river below. 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 to view its breathtaking array of calcite formations before emerging back to daylight to the overwhelmingly awe-inspiring Ananui entrance series- a prehistoric wonderland of outstanding beauty. Leaving this behind, in the active level, you will get really close to amazing galaxies of glow worms. 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 untamed wilderness state. This is a simply stunning Eco-tour in a very special place.
- Must be able to walk unassisted for up to two hours on uneven surfaces
- Warm clothing, rain jacket 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)