Ngarua Caves, Motueka

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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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  • 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 »
  • We enjoyed this concise caves tour. I liked the geological explanations given by the guide. Also holding a moa leg bone. We were in a very small group as we were in the first tour of the day (10 a.m.)...  more »
  • Cave was fantastic. Tour guide knew his stuff. Definitely worth the stop. Just a shame the lady at the counter seemed to think customers were an inconvenience. Too busy taking a personal call to serve...  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.