It’s like stepping through a portal. The limestone architecture and nikau forest protruding at all sorts of angles makes you feel like you have entered another world. Young kids will love this place.
From the bottom end of Main Street Takaka (by the school), turn right.
Get onto Abel Tasman Drive until you reach Clifton, around 7 km from Takaka.
The Grove is signposted on the right. It’s 700m to the small parking area and toilet by a huge boulder with a rata encasing it.
The track is a labyrinth of leafy mini-canyons. Although there is a formal track which leads to a lookout over the lower Takaka Valley, the real fun is in going off track and getting lost.
This karst limestone has been eroded and weathered to form a convoluted labyrinth. These are some of New Zealand’s oldest rocks, being formed in the Ordovician Period between 490 and 443 million years ago.
When rainwater falls, carbon dioxide is dissolved in solution and becomes slightly acid. This weak carbonic acid has its pH lowered more as it percolated through the soil. On contact with the relatively alkaline limestone, it dissolves the rock, creating fascinating flutings, fissures and forms.
Nikau are abundant in the reserve. Not only are the rock formations phantasmagorical, but so is the vegetation.
South Island ▷ Nelson Region ▷ Golden Bay
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08Oct18. We love this place. Visited during our 2006 and 2014 trips too. The previous review said the view is not great, but we disagree. We came at sunset and again the next morning. Great views both times, in our opinions. I would post photos if I could.
Short walk to the lookout which was not that impressive. However, take the loop - it is amazing! Have not seen those trees and rocks anywhere else.
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Beautiful and easy walk with loads of stunning views. The lookout point is nice, but the walk itself is the best part.
It does not even take half an hour but the view through the big rocks onto the wide flats is beautiful. Our first thought was to have an engagement there with no one else and the amazing view.
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Old limestone formations that are millions of years old. A DOC walk leads about 30 minutes through these rocks and ends in a viewpoint where you can see the whole of Takaka. It is a really nice walk, especially for good weather and suitable for families as well, because it is not difficult.
This maze of limestone rock and jungle make for a rad 30 minute explore. I was scratching my head wondering how on earth trees could do this - only in New Zealand!! Interesting to anyone, everyone!
Tucked away off the main road, this is like walking into Middle Earth! Such a little gem, with strangely shaped rocks, lush vegetation and a surprise view half way round. Well worth a visit - we went in the morning and met nobody.
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Pretty walk and limestone formations.
John and Jan
A middle earth experience. Another great short New Zealand walk.
Walk through groves and native plants. Really nice, not so many tourists. Short walk (30 minutes). Do it when you are in the area!
Wonderful tiny reserve, feels like a tropical forest without the humidity. Gorgeous rock formations and view of Golden Bay - do not miss it!
It is a nice short walk.
Nice little walk.
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