Bulmer Cavern

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Bulmer Cave entrance room and the first pit, New Zealand. A caver stands near the right edge of the photo.

Bulmer Cavern is New Zealand's longest cave system,[1] running for 66 km through Mount Owen in the Tasman region of the northwest South Island.[2] John Patterson discovered the cave on New Year's Day 1984, by dropping a rock down and counting the seconds until it reached the bottom.[1]

Bulmer Cavern was the location of a major cave rescue effort in 1998, when it took 80 cavers several days to extract another caver who had fallen and broken his jaw deep in the cavern.[3]


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Coordinates: 41°33′30″S 172°31′08″E / 41.5583°S 172.5188°E / -41.5583; 172.5188