When we took our visitors to Pancake Rocks a week ago, we also went to Punakaiki Caverns. This is a cave just down the hill from Pancake Rocks. Gayle and all the children have been there many times, but I had never been inside. It was delightful to be able to go into a cave without a guide and just look around!
There are several levels to the cave. The boys went up to the upper levels. I did not.
This is another opening, but to use it as an exit requires climbing up this cliff, then clambering down one equally steep, on the outside!
Here are some of the best stalactites.
Three of our boys headed much deeper into the cave than anyone else. I got pictures from Mr. Diligence’s memory card.
See Simon’s coat? By the time the three boys emerged, he was completely covered, from head to toe, with that cave-smelling sand. I should have gotten a photo of them when they came out, but I didn’t think of it till after they had scrubbed off in the sea.