Takaka

Visit Takaka, Tasman, NZ

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  • Takaka sits near the top of a wide, glaciated valley at the south end of Golden Bay, near Abel Tasman and Kahurangi National Parks. It lies alongside the Takaka River, which reaches the sea at a wide river mouth about 10 km north of the town.

    The main coastal highway ends at Collingwood, 45 minutes’ drive north-west. The road from Tasman Bay to the south crosses a mountain pass at Takaka Hill, a landscape often recorded in New Zealand art.

    Marble and other ancient rocks around the Takaka ranges are among the oldest found in New Zealand, bearing gold, silver, copper and iron. Limestone has eroded to form deep and extensive cave systems.

    Mountain biking trails, horse treks, salmon fishing, and freshwater diving at crystal clear springs are among many tourist activities near to Takaka.

    Accommodation in Takaka (NZ)

    Takaka has hotel, motel and lodge-style accommodation, as well as B&B establishments, home-stays and farm-stays.

    Camping and backpacking accommodation is available.

    Apartments, self-contained units and holiday homes are available for rent.

    Transport around Takaka

    Takaka is about 45 minutes’ drive north of Motueka, and about 45 minutes south of Collingwood, on State Highway 80. Most of the northward journey is through the Takaka Hill and back country, before reaching the Takaka River valley. Bus and coach services use this route.

    Takaka’s airport has multiple-flights per day to and from Wellington, along with less frequent air services to Karamea and other local destinations.

    Tourist Activities around Takaka

    Situated between two National Parks, Takaka is a good place to base hiking trips. Storage of mountain bikes etc. can be arranged, and shuttle transport provided to walks such as the Heaphy Track and Abel Tasman Coastal Walk.

    Shorter day-walks are within easy reach of the township, including walks to natural wonders, such as the Labyrinth Rocks and Ngarua Caves. Mountain bike trails around Takaka are popular, especially in the Cobb Valley and Kaitua Goldfields.

    The Golden Bay Museum and Gallery at Takaka is worth a visit. There are also cafes and specialty shops selling local products.

    Guided tours are available around the region, including eco-tours to national parks and Farewell Spit. Fishing for salmon on the Takaka and other rivers is a popular, relaxing activity.

    Horse trekking is another way to see the amazing Takaka landscape.

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