Takaka Free Visitor Attractions
Takaka is located at the south eastern end of Golden Bay in the Nelson region. With a community that includes many alternative lifestylers, it’s a town full of character. There’s a small museum, a movie theatre and a great choice of shops and cafés. The town also offers plenty of value-for-money accommodation, including backpacker lodges, B&Bs and homestays.
Other nearby attractions include Waikoropupu Springs, the largest freshwater springs in New Zealand, and an art trail that will reveal the region’s creativity.
The Pupu Hydro Walkway (Te Waikoropupū Springs) retraces an old gold-mining water race, which has been reused for power generation. Although the climb to the water race line is a little steep, the first section, across Waikoropupu River to the power station is an easy grade suitable for all ages.
Righto, you mountain bike demons ... here's one for you: Indulge your downhill passion on a wicked ride that starts at the top of Takaka Hill - that steep marble mountain which sticks out like a sore thumb on the road to Golden Bay at the inland corner of the Abel Tasman National Park.
Rawhiti Cave is a decent walk up a steep gully. But the effort is worth it. This cave is different to others as it receives winter sun. So the the stalactites at the cave entrance and within the cave itself contain plant matter that are attracted to the light ( Phytokarst features ).
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