Takaka Travel Guide

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Takaka Things to Do

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    by bubblechooch Written Jun 29, 2005

    Pupu springs is one of the most beautiful cristal blue springs in the world.
    Sometime you can see scuba divers there. Around new years eve many tourists visit there, so I recommend to go there in the morning of the season.

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    • Family Travel
    • Seniors

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    Te Waikoropupu Springs

    by wkcsmt Updated Feb 9, 2005

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    Te Waikoropupu, better knowm as Pupu Springs, near Takaka in Golden Bay are the largest freshwater springs in New Zealand. The springs are set in a reserve protecting old gold workings, regenerating forest and a fine patch of mature bush. There are walking tracks through Pupu Springs reserve, and divers can enter the crystal clear waters.

    See Travelogue for more photos of these crystal clear springs...

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    • Adventure Travel
    • Diving and Snorkeling

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    Cathedral Dome in Ngarua Caves

    by wkcsmt Updated Feb 9, 2005

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    Ngarua Caves are an amazing labyrinth of limestone caves, discovered 70 years ago (by bushmen), located on the marble mountain - Takaka Hill. They are 500m long (only half are open to publc) and are amongst the most spectacular caves in New Zealand. The main cavity is called Cathedal Dome where sometimes people sing as the cave provides perfect acoustic conditions.

    In the cave several remains of the famous birds of New Zealand were found. A complete skeleton of a Moa (an extinct ground dwelling New Zealand bird) is on display.

    Guided tours hourly from 10am-4pm. I think the guided tour was about NZ$9 for adult when I visit... prices might have gone up since then (usually when they get more visitors...sad :)

    More photos in Travelogue...

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Takaka Off The Beaten Path

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    Kaiteriteri Beach

    by wkcsmt Updated Mar 1, 2005

    This is Nelson's most popular of golden sandy beaches & is the southern gateway to Abel Tasman National Park. If you're driving from Nelson to Takaka, remember to stop by even you haven't got a lot of time to spare. I've included this in Things to Do on my Nelson page.

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    • Beaches
    • Kayaking
    • National/State Park

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    Eel Feeding @ Anatoki River

    by wkcsmt Updated Feb 9, 2005

    Take a visit to Bencarri Farm & Cafe. Here, you'll get to see some exotic animals (alpacas, llamas, yaks...) and feed the Anatoki eels.

    Bencarri Farm is the home of the famous Anatoki eels. The McCallum began feeding the Anatoki Tame Eels in 1904.

    Bencarri Farm & Cafe is open from September School Holidays to end of April School Holiday. Outside School Holidays, it is closed on Tuesdays & Wednesday.

    Hours:
    Farm 10am-5:30pm
    Cafe 10am till late (booking essential for evening meals)

    Price:
    NZ$8 Adults
    NZ$4 Children (over 3 years)

    Guided farm tours & eel feeds requires booking in the winter season. Tour takes up to 2 hours. NZ$10 for adults & NZ$5 for children.

    On McCallum's Road, off State Highway 60 (SH60) about 5km southwest of Takaka (on Nelson side).

    Related to:
    • Eco-Tourism
    • Family Travel

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