Ngarua Caves, Motueka
(4.7/5 based on 95 reviews on the web)
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.
Create a full Motueka itinerary
map

Plan your trip to Motueka

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Plans in Motueka by other users

31 days in New Zealand BY A USER FROM NETHERLANDS January, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, museums, popular PREFERENCES: January, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 60 days in New Zealand BY A USER FROM HUNGARY December, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: December, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 23 days in South Island BY A USER FROM LUXEMBOURG December, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, popular PREFERENCES: December, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 10 days in Akaroa, Christchurch & Nelson-Tasman Region BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA November, culture, relaxing, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: November, culture, relaxing, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 60 days in New Zealand BY A USER FROM FRANCE October, outdoors, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: October, outdoors ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 20 days in South Island BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA February, outdoors, beaches, popular PREFERENCES: February, outdoors, beaches ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 31 days in South Island BY A USER FROM CANADA November, culture, outdoors, beaches, hidden gems PREFERENCES: November, culture, outdoors, beaches ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 18 days in South Island BY A USER FROM NEW ZEALAND December, teens, popular PREFERENCES: December, teens ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 14 days in New Zealand BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA September, popular PREFERENCES: September ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 37 days in New Zealand BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, popular PREFERENCES: December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 20 days in South Island BY A USER FROM NEW ZEALAND January, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, fast-paced, hidden gems PREFERENCES: January, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Fast-paced 60 days in New Zealand BY A USER FROM FRANCE December, popular PREFERENCES: December ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
View more plans
Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • we practically stumbled into this as we were driving to Abel Tasman and decided to stop for a bathroom break and coffee (every place in NZ has coffee…..everyplace….). As we talked to the woman who hel...  more »
  • The height can be visited led, duration approx. 45 min. It is a perfect stopover on the way to Golden Bay. The cave can be walked easily and shows a few interesting finds of dinosaurs. It was fun to have visited the cave.
    View original
  • Took us about 1 hour to drive from Nelson, beautiful scenery and lots of vinyards on the way. We've been to many caves around the world and this one still managed to impress! Its a lot bigger than we ...  more »
Google
  • Great place to stop for coffee and sight seeing views on the way into Takaka!
  • We went there on a Saturday morning and were the first people, although the next tour should have started in half an hour the staff did the tour with us immediately which was very nice :) It's a long and very interesting cave, definitely worth a visit :)
  • 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.
  • I want there on my school camp and it was amazing 💖😊
  • Nice guide and really impressive in the Cave, The price is $17 per person , not $7 as stated. But still a good experience.