Ngarua Caves, Motueka

4.8
#1 of 11 in Nature in Nelson-Tasman Region
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. Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Motueka fast, fun, and easy.
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  • The Ngarua caves on the Takaka Hill situated on the Motueka side is a MUST SEE. YOU WILL NOT REGRET GOING. Seeing the brilliant rock formations and the Moa bones lying where they were found. Brilliant...  more »
  • The caves are a little different in that the lighting was well done as well as the great commentary. A highlight was when the guide started singing to demonstrate the acoustics of the cave. What an am...  more »
  • Great cave tour tucked away in Takaka Hills. Very informative guide who provided background on area, the caves and recent and past history... well worth a visit especially when weather is not good in ...  more »
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  • Loved it, my partner and i went there on the way back to blenheim and we really enjoyed ourselves
  • A must do visit. Family fun
  • 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!

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