Ngarua Caves, Motueka

4.8
#2 of 6 in Nature in Nelson-Tasman Region
Cave Nature / Park
Marvel at the variety of stalagmites and stalactites in Ngarua Caves, a cave system with easy access and well-lit walkways. Learn about the extinct moa (an endemic flightless bird) and even spot some of their bones left behind. Guided tours are offered regularly in the summer, but during winter, advanced reservation is required. When you've finished exploring, relax at the onsite cafe and admire the views of Tasman Bay. Local crafts in the gift shop make great souvenirs. Put Ngarua Caves into our Motueka vacation route planner and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • Fascinating to go into these unique caves made of limestone, the stalagmites and stalactites amazing. Very informative guide took us through, to see moa bones and other fossils as well as hear about t...  more »
  • I arrived expecting a small cavern but to my surprise found this to be a long cave system taking a good half hour or more to walk through. The state of preservation is excellent and many beautiful for...  more »
  • It was a very rainy day so we thought a visit here would be a dry activity. We waited for the guided tour in the café. There were about 12 of us in the group which seemed a good size. The guide Ben wa...  more »
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  • Most amazing place we have in own back yard
  • Great cave tours that go every half hour in the tourist season!
  • Original Fossil Moa bones, Nz' s largest bird the size of an ostrich!
  • Great place to stop for coffee and sight seeing views on the way into Takaka!
  • Staff very nice. Small group in the cave so friendly atmosphere. Stalactites and stalagmites everywhere. Cave really magnificent. It took 1 hour to come back to the office. We think that the price is really reasonable (7$ pp). At the end we learned that a scene of the last Hobbit was shot near the place (good surprise for fans). We recommend the tour.

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