|A caver in the Stormy Pot system.|
Fifteen cavers, including some of New Zealand's top cavers, surfaced recently after spending eight days exploring the Stormy Pot system. Cavers hope to link it to the nearby Nettlebed Cave system, which comes out at the Pearse Resurgence, in the Pearse Valley, Motueka.
Caver Kieran McKay said the co-ordinates of the areas the cavers had mapped on the eight-day expedition were entered into the computer once they were above ground. They were extremely excited to discover they had come within 20m of linking the two systems. Underground they had not realised how tantalisingly close they were. "It's big progress, but we don't quite have that connection yet."
Mr McKay said if the two systems linked the cave would be of national and international significance. Joining the systems could take the mapped cave to a depth of 1200m, making it the deepest cave in New Zealand, and one of the deepest three trips in the world.