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Address: | State Highway 6, Paparoa National Park, West Coast, Punakaiki, New Zealand
Phone Number:
+64 3-731 1895
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

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Bush walk and great swim

The walk is like everyone else said, slippery. Go slow on the incline decline section. The cave continues on to what looks like deep water but is only a few inches deep with... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Southampton, New Jersey
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Southampton, New Jersey
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The walk is like everyone else said, slippery. Go slow on the incline decline section. The cave continues on to what looks like deep water but is only a few inches deep with good footing. It only goes to a narrow opening that you can't fit in (don't try, I did already for you). If you pack an un-inflated tube,... More 

Thank aar0n897
London, United Kingdom
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161 reviews
104 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 November 2016 via mobile

Unfortunately I went to visit this cave and it is closed due to a slid in the entrance. Always check the DOC for updates before going. " 18 November 2016: Fox River Cave closed The Fox River Cave, situated 3.7 km up from the Fox River carpark (12 km north of Punakaiki) has been closed due to a large slip... More 

Thank kitsune87
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4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 27 October 2016

This is a great spot for a hike and a visit to the caves if you have the time and are reasonably fit. Be careful around the caves and give yourself plenty of time, but this is a wonderful afternoon activity.

Cambridge, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 October 2016 via mobile

we did the first half hour of this walk, then turned back. the bush though quite nice was a bit repetitive and we were expecting more views of the river but the vegetation is quite thick and the track muddy in places. we were also not prepared for river crossings (apparently at the 1 hour mark ?) and forgot our... More 

Thank clare r
New South Wales, Australia
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156 reviews
74 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 March 2016

A well formed track leads to the cave. It is muddy in parts and after rain the rocks were very slippery. The cave is definitely worth the trip as is the surrounding gorge

Thank Eliza2B
New Zealand
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33 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 February 2016

The Fox River Cave is the area’s oldest tourist attraction where from 1906 until the 1950s visitors had to pay for a guide to take them. These days one can visit for free but you need to be prepared to cross rivers and climb slippery rocks towards the end of the walk. Other than that it is an easy and... More 

Thank cybertrav
Le Pouzin, France
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17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 December 2015

Why nobody talk about it ? The track is a little bit sleepery but the caves are amazing. Just don't forget your headlight and high shoes. Water 50 cm deep. Need 6 hours.

Thank joandaf
Coffs Harbour, Australia
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66 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 May 2015

Most walks in NZ give return times this one no it's one way. It stated 1hr 15min but really it took us 90min. (one way) This was a fantastic walk none the less. It's moderate grade, therefore you need to be aware that this walk has muddy tracks, climbing up and down rocks. The last 200 metres is a climb... More 

Thank Bomshanka
Calgary, Canada
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45 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 April 2015

I lived in NZ for many years so have hiked/tramped many miles in that beautiful country. Fox River is one of my favourites. Check river levels before you go and be prepared for rivers to swell. At the end of the trail is an amazing 'dance hall' cave. Don't miss it.

2 Thank Missglobalgoddess
Waterton Lakes National Park, Canada
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312 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 389 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 February 2015

Located in Paparoa National Park, the Fox River Tourist Cave track is a must do, for anyone with an interesting in caving! While I moved fast and made it from the car park to the caves entrance in about an hour, the average walker should probably allow about 1.5 hours 1-way. There are two different rivers that you must ford... More 

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