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About the Book

During a walk down the Pearse River in 2013, Marcus Thomas and Neil Silverwood realised they shared a dream to produce a book showcasing ten of New Zealand’s most amazing cave systems.  Caves: Exploring New Zealand's Subterranean Wilderness brings to light the exploration of the country’s longest, deepest, and most important systems over the last 67 years.  Produced as a case-bound, large format publication, the book features over 300 pages of photographs, text, maps and diagrams. After a long wait, we are excited to announce the books have arrived! 


Caves are time capsules...

Our understanding of New Zealand has been greatly enhanced by studying caves and the knowledge has given us a deeper appreciation and connection with the planet's geologic and life history. A record of climate change can be found in stalactites, fossils of creatures long extinct are cemented in limestone, and strange life forms flourish in the extreme and dark environment.

...And places to explore...

Beginning with a chapter on cave geology, Caves: Exploring New Zealand's Subterranean Wilderness takes readers on a roller-coaster ride through the history of cave exploration in New Zealand – from the harrowing winch-lower into Harwood's Hole to recent technological advances that allow cavers to explore even further into the unknown. This book will make you see caves and cave explorers in a new light.

...For Many generations.

We hope that by exposing the true beauty, scientific importance, and daring exploration of New Zealand's caves we will open minds and hearts to the sport of caving and inspire good stewardship of all our caves and the land they pass beneath.

We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.
— T.S. Eliot

CAVES: Exploring New Zealand's Subterranean Wilderness NOW AVAILABLE!


If you would like to purchase a book, please contact us with your name, phone number, email address and shipping address. The cost is $79.99 NZD including standard shipping within New Zealand - we'll send you direct debit details after an order is placed.