Weird and wonderful short walks in Takaka

Weird – The Labyrinth, Scott Road
The Labyrinth consists of a maze like pathway through limestone rock formations. Pick up a brochure at the entrance (or Takaka i-SITE), it helps you find formations that to someone look like The Kissing Pigs, a Troll Bridge, Stegosaurus and plenty more. We’re wondering if the person who identified the formations was high on something other than life at the time. Then there’s the smurfs and plastic toys along the way, we’re probably just not imaginative enough. 

The Labyrinth

The Labyrinth

The Indian's Face

The Indian’s Face

We could kind of make out The Indian’s Face, maybe. Still, it’s an unusual attraction worth a visit if you’re in the area. Children will particularly enjoy it and they’ll probably know what a Stegosaurus looks like. There are toilets at the entrance. (Free)

Wonderful – Grove Scenic Reserve, Clifton Road
We unreservedly recommend a visit to Grove Scenic Reserve. Walk a short distance through a green forest clinging to limestone blocks strung with rata roots.

The Grove

The Grove

The Grove

The Grove

Walk through limestone crevices, up the stairs and then step out to see fertile farmland and Pohara beach below, it’s a magical little reserve.

The Grove

The Grove

The Grove

The Grove

View from The Grove

View from The Grove

It’s an easy walk and takes around 30 minutes return. There’s a toilet and a couple of picnic tables at the entrance. (Free)

Wondrous –  Te Waikoropupu Springs, 6km west of Takaka
Wondrous because it’s the largest fresh water spring in NZ and the water is incredibly clear. According to DOC clearer water is only found beneath Antarctica’s Weddell Sea. It’s an easy flat walk to the viewing platform and there’s information panels along the way. Toilet facilities. (Free) Note: View the water only, the area is held in high spiritual regard by Maori, no contact  with the water is allowed by any person or piece of equipment.

Te Waikoropupu Springs

Te Waikoropupu Springs

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