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This "cave" only went in about 10 feet before the rubble went all the way to the roof.  You can only imagine my surprise when I looked to the right and found there was what appeared to be another opening going off to the right. Unfortunately the gap between the top of this "opening" and the rubble was only about 4" but by maneuvering my way closer to it, I could see that it went in another 4 to six feet before the rubble again went to the roof.  Unfortunately, I was feeling rather claustrophobic at the time and just wanted to get out as quick as possible, so never took a photo.


Consider these eyewitness statements in "TunnelVision":

Page 177:  (1983) I remember there was a large entrance at water level which was near the wharf.  This entrance had a tunnel leading from it into the hill.


Page 184:  (1954 to 1962) another small entrance/exit near the old swimming pool which was at the base of the hill near the boat sheds.


Page 188:  (1967) Round by Torpedo Bay I remember going into a small entrance hole which had a big pohutakawa tree growing next to it. There was no gate on the entrance. I walked through this tunnel between 15 and 20 yards before coming to a large room about 10 or 12 feet high.

A couple of weeks later, whilst researching this project, I noticed on an old Army plan (the same as on page 243 “Tunnel Vision”) that the minefield main wiring loom came back into a point depicted as just north of the boat shed. Although the coastline is crudely drawn, it is very clear that this is the position:

This got me going enough to check back on older photos. Although I have at some point of time placed the date of this photo as 1945, I’ve found that depending on the source of which library you obtain these photos from, the dates vary enormously. This one is more likely to have been taken sometime in the 1930’s, however this does not effect what I am trying to portray:

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