Maori Sea Cave (C9)

An historic Maori Sea Cave named Te Ana o Matuku, Fox River Paparoa National Park New Zealand.

GPS: -42.031616° 171.383952°

Website with a cave mention: http://www.dreamlike.info/nzl/wes/bu/punakaiki/walks.htm

 

Fox River caves overview 1

Fox River caves overview 1

 

Fox River caves overview 2

Fox River caves overview 2

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The headland which hosts the Te Ana o Matuku sae cave, as seen from the north side of the Fox River highway bridge.

The headland which hosts the Te Ana o Matuku sea cave, as seen from the north side of the Fox River highway bridge.

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Info about the historic Brighton ghost town site at Fox River.

Info about the historic Brighton ghost town site at Fox River.

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The steps into Te Ana o Matuku Maori cave.

The steps into Te Ana o Matuku Maori cave.

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The twin cave openings of Te Ana o Matuku Maori cave.

The twin cave openings of Te Ana o Matuku Maori cave.

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One of the openngs of Te Ana o Matuku sea cave.

One of the openngs of Te Ana o Matuku sea cave.

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Looking out of the historic Te Ana o Matuku

Looking out of the historic Te Ana o Matuku

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The bach cottages along the public route to the Maori sea cave.

The bach cottages along the public route to the Maori sea cave.

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The historic Fox River Bridge.

The historic Fox River Bridge.

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The abandoned road tunnel from the Brighton ghost town.

The abandoned road tunnel from the Brighton ghost town.

The abandoned road tunnel from the Brighton ghost town, with the historic Fox River Bridge.

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2 Responses to “Maori Sea Cave (C9)”

  1. Jonathan Mace Says:

    For what it’s worth, the path under the road is so overgrown with thistles that it’s easier to just run across the road. (Jan 2015)

  2. tntnztravel Says:

    It seems the whole place doesn’t want you to visit any more! The historic Fox river bridge has signs all over it stating it’s dangerous and there is risk of death. The path to the river cave had collapsed making it inaccessible. There is a clear path under the road but someone has taken out the wooden steps that lead up the otherside.

    You can get to the outside of the cave and there is a DoC sign signalling it. However, someone has put an unofficial sign over it, stating it is closed and dangerous. I went to peer in it, and wasn’t planning on going inside but after I’d turned to leave I got shouted at a woman outside one of the holiday homes (I think she may have been one of the owners).

    Wouldn’t recommend visiting now but I’d be interested to see whether DoC knows about the closure sign. Usually all of their signage look pretty official.

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