5 Rankers Reviews
50 Golden Bay
Limestone county, so the rock formations are pretty out there. Lots of other weird stuff too including mushrooms, gnarled plants and a petrified cow. Not kidding!
Takaka Hill Walkway is signposted to the left at the top of the Takaka Hill, 15km from the start of the ascent on the Riuwaka side. There’s a large parking bay just before the sign marking the Takaka Hill Summit.
The track is well marked and the surface is a mixture of gravel, 4WD tracks and solid foot tracks. Beware of sink holes. These can be covered by vegetation, so keep to the marked track. The track crosses open farmland, scrubland and beech forest.
Follow the 4WD track, making sure to look in the abandoned farm shack (5 minutes from the start on the other side of the fence to the right). Continue along the 4WD, heading right at the junction and head for the TV antenna. These are your best views.
The track become single file from here, undulating through beech forest, before arriving at the road again.
This is limestone country. The rock was formed around 25 million years ago during the Oligocene. Warmer temperatures provided conditions for reefs, which later metamorphosed to highly crystalline limestone and marble. Later erosion from chemicals leached by the vegetation gives the grey rock a wave-like, convoluted form. These landscapes are characteristic of the Takaka Hill, the Arthur Range and Mt Owen. They are known as karst.
This is a mycologists dream in winter. All colours, forms and varieties.
A native land snail, powelliphanta slides over the calcium rich forest floor. These giants of the snail-world are fully protected and it is illegal to remove either the snails, or their shells.
We would have kept schtum about the mummified cow in the farm shed, but a 2018 article by New Zealand’s main news network let the secret out of the bag. Until the article, only locals knew about this macabre sight. It’s not for the squeamish.
South Island ▷ Nelson Region ▷ Golden Bay
Short walk. Nice view from the top - the rest of the walk was not so exciting.
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Great panoramic views on karst mountains tablelands and Golden bay.
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Nice view, and close to both national parks.
Karin & Bastiaan
Enjoyable, but sometimes steep walks, with amazing views!!!
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