Crazy Paving Cave.
Image: Shellie Evans | ©
200 m return via same track
In Crazy Paving Cave the unusual floor pattern was created over a long period of time from deposits of dried out mud that have formed paving patterns on the cave floor. At the entrance to Box Canyon, the neighbouring cave, a stairway leads down into a large open chamber.
Cave dwellers such as wētā, spiders, and beetles live in the darkness. Look for these interesting insects but be careful not to disturb them.
Access the caves from the car park at the end of McCallums Mill Road, north of Karamea. From Karamea, head north for about 10 km, then turn into McCallums Mill Road and follow this for 15 km to the end.
Note, McCallums Mill Road is a narrow and steep gravel road. It is not suitable for large vehicles or campervans.
Remember to take a torch. It is essential for exploring the small but fascinating caves.