The deepest cave system in the Southern Hemisphere is in the Nelson hinterland. How do we know this? Because Kieran Mckay went in and explored it. One of Red Bull’s Explorers of the Century, he’ll be speaking about his experiences and introducing a film about his cave explorations on Saturday evening at Onslow College.

“The Cave Connection – Into The Unknown” brings viewers along with Kieran Mckay, one of New Zealand’s most accomplished cavers, and his team of adventurers. Their almost impossible goal: to discover the deepest cave in the Southern Hemisphere by finding a connection between two daunting cave systems, facing hazards like the sudden inrush of water and a total lack of communication with the world outside.

(Please excuse the somewhat cheesy voiceover on that trailer!)

The Cave Connection has been shown at quite a few outdoors and mountain Film Festivals and has picked up a small swag of awards along the way, including

  • 2014 – Trento Film Festival (Jury Award)
  • 2014 – New Zealand Mountain Film Festival (Best Film on Adventurous, Sports & Lifestyles)
  • 2014 – Tyrolean Independent Film Festival (Best Documentary)
  • 2014 – Torello Mountain Film Festival (Jury Award)
  • 2014 – 32nd Milano International Ficts Fest (Documentary – Team Sport Award)
  • 2014 – Kathmandu International Mountain Film Festival (Best International Documentary)
  • 2015 – Mountain Film Festival Domzale (Best Film Mountain, Sports and Adventure)

And to have the leader of the expedition on hand to talk about his experiences and answer your questions makes this a must-attend, yet very well-priced, event.

The details:

  • Sept 19th 7pm, Onslow College Hall
  • Length: approximately 1 hour
  • Adult $15; Student $10
  • Door sales or Onslow College Office, 478 8189
  • Proceeds to Onslow College’s Get2Go Team, who, having won the Southern North Island regional event, will be competing in the Nationals on Great Barrier Island in December.