Grove Scenic Reserve

Takaka

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Approx 1 km return | 20 minutes return

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.

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Access

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.

Track

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.

Geology

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.

Flora

Nikau are abundant in the reserve. Not only are the rock formations phantasmagorical, but so is the vegetation.

18 reviews with the most recent first, showing page 1 of 2.

Thanks to all the good people working for the NZ Department of Conservation - for all your hard work - making NZ more beautiful, accessable and healthy! Cheers 😍

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Mike Fricker

Ranking: 10/10

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.

Reviewed about 1 month ago

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Nicole Kasischke

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

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.

Reviewed 12 months ago

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Danielle

Netherlands

Ranking: 8/10

Beautiful and easy walk with loads of stunning views. The lookout point is nice, but the walk itself is the best part.

Reviewed over 1 year ago and experienced in January 2017

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Magdalena

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

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.

Reviewed over 1 year ago and experienced in December 2016

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Louisa Theimann

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

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.

Reviewed over 1 year ago and experienced in December 2016

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Brent Johnson

United States

Ranking: 9/10

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!

Reviewed over 1 year ago and experienced in October 2016

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Alan Brown

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

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.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Kayla

United States

Ranking: 7/10

Pretty walk and limestone formations.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago and experienced in November 2016

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John and Jan

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

A middle earth experience. Another great short New Zealand walk.

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in February 2016

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David Schelensky

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

Walk through groves and native plants. Really nice, not so many tourists. Short walk (30 minutes). Do it when you are in the area!

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Janet Evins

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Wonderful tiny reserve, feels like a tropical forest without the humidity. Gorgeous rock formations and view of Golden Bay - do not miss it!

Reviewed over 4 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Sophia

Denmark

Ranking: 8/10

It is a nice short walk.

Reviewed over 4 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Jakob

Denmark

Ranking: 7/10

Nice little walk.

Reviewed over 4 years ago and experienced in February 2014

18 reviews with the most recent first, showing page 1 of 2.

Thanks to all the good people working for the NZ Department of Conservation - for all your hard work - making NZ more beautiful, accessable and healthy! Cheers 😍

Mike Fricker's avatar

Mike Fricker

Ranking: 10/10

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.

Reviewed about 1 month ago

Nicole Kasischke's avatar

Nicole Kasischke

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

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.

Reviewed 12 months ago

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Danielle's avatar

Danielle

Netherlands

Ranking: 8/10

Beautiful and easy walk with loads of stunning views. The lookout point is nice, but the walk itself is the best part.

Reviewed over 1 year ago and experienced in January 2017

Magdalena's avatar

Magdalena

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

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.

Reviewed over 1 year ago and experienced in December 2016

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Louisa Theimann's avatar

Louisa Theimann

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

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.

Reviewed over 1 year ago and experienced in December 2016

Brent Johnson's avatar

Brent Johnson

United States

Ranking: 9/10

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!

Reviewed over 1 year ago and experienced in October 2016

Alan Brown's avatar

Alan Brown

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

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.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

Avoid Camping Fines!

The only camping map where each location is approved by every regional council in NZ. So if it shows on the map, you’re allowed to stay.

The Rankers Camping NZ app, is also in association with…

Kayla's avatar

Kayla

United States

Ranking: 7/10

Pretty walk and limestone formations.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago and experienced in November 2016

John and Jan's avatar

John and Jan

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

A middle earth experience. Another great short New Zealand walk.

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in February 2016

David Schelensky's avatar

David Schelensky

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

Walk through groves and native plants. Really nice, not so many tourists. Short walk (30 minutes). Do it when you are in the area!

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Every camping site on your iPhone™, iPad™ or Android™ phone or tablet. Avoid camping penalties using this council approved app. Featuring offline maps.

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Janet Evins's avatar

Janet Evins

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Wonderful tiny reserve, feels like a tropical forest without the humidity. Gorgeous rock formations and view of Golden Bay - do not miss it!

Reviewed over 4 years ago and experienced in February 2014

Sophia's avatar

Sophia

Denmark

Ranking: 8/10

It is a nice short walk.

Reviewed over 4 years ago and experienced in February 2014

Jakob's avatar

Jakob

Denmark

Ranking: 7/10

Nice little walk.

Reviewed over 4 years ago and experienced in February 2014