Better Places: Kieran McKay

41°2’0’’ S 172°51’0’’ E


Middle Earth Cave System
New Zealand

The caves in New Zealand are truly special. I have the chance to go places no one else has ever been. Our lights lighting up a landscape that has never seen light and has formed before mankind existed on this planet. Finding beautiful formation like in the photo is nice, however traveling kilometres and kilometres through a new world is better. Exploring down rivers, huge shafts, diving through underwater tunnels, walking out into chambers so big you cannot see the roof or walls … People climb mountains because as Mallory famously said „because they are there“. We explore caves because of what „might be there“.


Words by: 

Kieran McKay

Professional Caver ( The Cave Connection, E.O.F.T. 14/15)