Today you will discover one of the most untouched areas of New Zealand. Limestone underlying Paparoa is responsible for the park's impressive landforms. Running water over many thousands of years has formed an environment known as karst, featuring deep river canyons, sculptured mountain ridges, a large network of caves, and sinkholes - add to this a thick lush cover of Gondwanaland Rainforest.
Your guides will lead you on a walk through the rainforest to the enormous Nile River Caves - natural cathedral-like caverns.
Discovered relatively recently, the cave you will explore is one of the few in the world you can easily walk through and experience in its natural state, the way it was discovered. The large dry upper levels of the cave are simply stunning and a very special place complete with spectacular stalactite & stalagmite creations & galaxies of glowworms that are unequalled.
There are two options here - get kitted up in wetsuits to walk then float on a small inflatable raft through the most amazing glowworm caves on the planet or stay dry and walk into the heart of the caves with your guide.
This afternoon's options include hiking a beautiful riverside trail in Paparoa National Park or some downtime at the beach, just a short stroll from your accommodation. Tonight we stay in Punakaiki again. Accommodation: Punakaiki Resort. Includes breakfast, lunch & dinner.