Grove Scenic Reserve

Grove Scenic Reserve



19 Rankers Reviews

15 Face-to-Face

20 Walking

2 Golden Bay

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Marios Gavalas

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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.


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.


Feature Value Info


DOC Nelson/Tasman

Central government organisation


South IslandNelson RegionGolden Bay


  • Walking
  • Free


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Mike Howe

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Love this walk!

great on a hot sunny day as it’s nice and cool under the trees and amongst the limestone walls.

Reviewed 6 months ago

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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 over 3 years ago

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Nicole Kasischke


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 over 4 years ago

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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 about 5 years ago and experienced in January 2017

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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 about 5 years ago and experienced in December 2016

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Louisa Theimann


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 about 5 years 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 about 5 years 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 5 years ago

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Kayla's avatar


United States

Ranking: 7/10

Pretty walk and limestone formations.

Reviewed over 5 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 almost 6 years ago and experienced in February 2016

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David Schelensky


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 6 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 almost 8 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Ranking: 8/10

It is a nice short walk.

Reviewed about 8 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Cymen Crick

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