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Lost World Caverns

Listed under Caves & Caving in North Island, New Zealand.

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Lost World offers the world’s longest commercial abseil - no experience necessary for the free 320 foot entrance drop. This sounds crazy but visitors are attached not only to their own rope but also to a guide on another rope for insurance. Lush rainforest spills over the edges of the seemingly bottomless chasm, with the walls belling out into a large chamber lost in mist far below. At the bottom there is an underground river which eventually exits the cave. Around 5 hours of caving are required to follow the river out through the underground canyon. Some swimming and climbing is required but nothing too serious. In places one can follow the passage using only the eerie light of the glow worms which sparkle like countless bluish-white stars on the walls. Fossils of whale bones and countless giant fossilized oyster shells in the walls date to around 30 million years ago when the area was a shallow seabed. The glow worms make New Zealand caving unique and at times pure science fiction.

Written by  Mike Lyvers.

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The Lost World Caverns is an amazing adventure

The Lost World Caverns is an amazing adventure while in Lewisburg, West Virginia. These ancient caverns are located just outside of Lewisburg and have been named a national landmark.

On a tour of the caverns you will descend 120 feet below the Earth's surface and come across many stalactites, above, and stalagmites, below. Some formations you will discover include The Snowy Chandelier, The Bridal Veil, War Club and more. The War Club stalagmite was made famous when Bob Addis sat on the formation for 16 days and made it into the Guinness Book of World Records. You may also opt to go on the more adventurer Wild Cave Tour which involves climbing and becoming muddy for a 4-hour guided tour through special parts of the caves. The caverns are open daily with ranging times during the year.

The prices of the tours vary depending on age from free to children to $12 for adults. The Wild Cave Tour is $70.

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