Takaka Hill - THE MARBLE MOUNTAIN
From Nelson, we headed up Highway 60 and up and over Takaka Hill.
This Hill divides Nelson from Golden Bay, and its from here where we had the most magnificent views of Golden Bay, Orchards, Takaka River and the Tasman Mountains.
Over 24Kms of winding, twisting road climbing to 972 metres above sea level where we reached the top. We pulled over at the signposted lookouts to enjoy the incredible scenery.
As you drive over the hill, you will see the outcroppings of marble which give the hill its alternate name of the marble mountain. It is the only hill like it outside of Italy. The marble from the Takaka Hill can be found on many important buildings in New Zealand, including Parliament Buildings in Wellington.
Because of the limestone structure of the Takaka Hill, keep strictly to the tracks as there are numerous sinkholes that are not marked and thinly covered by the ground cover - the weight of an adult could be enough to break the surface.
Takaka Hill is of Marble rock and is famous for its cave system, underground rivers, and sinkholes.