Ngarua Caves
Ngarua Caves
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  • Julie W
    22 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Don't miss this cave!
    Spectacular. Easy to navigate. Informative and humourous guide with a beautiful voice. She sang a Welsh lullaby in te reo in the cathedral cavern. Also, interesting to see the different types of formations because this is a dry, marble cave. Not expensive either.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 18 April 2023
  • Rebecca
    Adelaide, Australia1,767 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Made even more amazing by the guide
    Amazing! There is so much decoration in this cave compared to others I’ve seen- high density of stalagmites and stalactites. It is so open you can walk through it easily and they’ve set up stairs and lighting. Also the tour guide was 5star brilliant. A must see. Tours half hourly in busy season
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 17 January 2024
  • Lauren
    17 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must do!!!
    I have, over the years, been to takaka a lot and always driven past. This time the kids begged to stop so we did and I wish we had done it sooner. Family friendly, informative and wow was I suddenly aware of just how old this world is and we were right inside it. Great staff and guide, hard hats could possibly do with an update? but we were safe and well informed. Extremely affordable for a tourist attraction and we still talk about it! Thank you.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 29 January 2024
  • Ramplifers
    Waipapakauri, New Zealand41 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Go see the Caves!
    We did the Caves tour in the morning, with Nancy. The drive down from the road is a bit steep, but is sealed all the way. It was an excellent tour; the caves are amazing, the track through is well-built, and there are short foot bridges too. It's not rushed at all, so you don't feel like to have to keep up ... there's time to walk as carefully as you need, or to stop and really look at the formations and take photos. Everyone gets a hard hat! The Cottage has tea, coffee, nibbles, and a small souvenir shop. The entry is $30 adult (can't remember the child rate!) and well worth it for a hour or so stop off on your travels over the Takaka Hill.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 11 February 2024
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Ramplifers
Waipapakauri, New Zealand41 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
We did the Caves tour in the morning, with Nancy. The drive down from the road is a bit steep, but is sealed all the way.
It was an excellent tour; the caves are amazing, the track through is well-built, and there are short foot bridges too. It's not rushed at all, so you don't feel like to have to keep up ... there's time to walk as carefully as you need, or to stop and really look at the formations and take photos.
Everyone gets a hard hat!
The Cottage has tea, coffee, nibbles, and a small souvenir shop.
The entry is $30 adult (can't remember the child rate!) and well worth it for a hour or so stop off on your travels over the Takaka Hill.
Written 11 February 2024
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Michelle M
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
Lovely hidden attraction. Definitely worth the visit. The guide was informative and funny. We return every year to see any changes. Our granddaughter loved it.
Written 30 January 2024
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Lauren
17 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
I have, over the years, been to takaka a lot and always driven past.
This time the kids begged to stop so we did and I wish we had done it sooner. Family friendly, informative and wow was I suddenly aware of just how old this world is and we were right inside it. Great staff and guide, hard hats could possibly do with an update? but we were safe and well informed. Extremely affordable for a tourist attraction and we still talk about it! Thank you.
Written 30 January 2024
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Rebecca
Adelaide, Australia1,767 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
Amazing! There is so much decoration in this cave compared to others I’ve seen- high density of stalagmites and stalactites. It is so open you can walk through it easily and they’ve set up stairs and lighting. Also the tour guide was 5star brilliant. A must see.

Tours half hourly in busy season
Written 17 January 2024
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Tara Kirby-Campbell
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
I had the best time! An amazing affordable experience that gives you the ability to see the formations up close, and there are even interactive parts where you can touch and feel the cave. Plus seeing the Moa bones was so cool. Great tour guide who was super knowledgeable. So glad I stumbled upon this!
Written 1 October 2023
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Brent
Takaka, New Zealand41 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023
Ok, so, I have admit, I grew up in Takaka and during my childhood and adolescence, I visited the Ngarua Caves .......................................... Never.

Fast forward 3 plus decades and I finally did! Although this experience would have been wasted on my former self.

Highlights.
- Views over Tasman Bay
- The great conversation and information my guide had about the caves and history of the area (which I live in and didn't know)
- How amazing and unforgiving nature is
- The coffee!

I always knew there was marble under "our" mountain, but wow, it show's you up close and personally (yes, there are touch points in the caves) where it comes from.

There's a lot of history in the caves, from when they were discovered, and the path through the caves is well done.

You will find a lot to love about this tour, the caves are compact so you see alot in a short space, and get to take it in too.

Listen when you're down there, and really listen when they blackout the caves, it's engulfing!

I like that the tours are only 45 minutes long, there's good coffee and a gift store with snacks and souvenirs. There carpark has multi-million dollar views and space to spread out, bring your picnic and enjoy yourself.

It's a cool (usually dry) and lovely 11 degrees underground, so dress comfortably, sensible shoes and take a jacket and your phone to take as many photos as your time allows. It's an easy walk through with a few steps and a ladder at the exit, but nothing too tricky to navigate.

Now, if you've thinking it's a long way to go, then add in a trek around the Takaka Hill Walkway or a visit to Canaan Downs, all close by (Canaan Downs is a bit of a trek along a gravel road, but again worth it).

I spent the day on the hill doing all 3 and so pleased I finally visited Ngarua Caves! It will be a return visit with visitors for years to come for me.

If you are thinking of summer as your visit. BOOK! They get rightfully so, very very busy.

Will return
Written 26 August 2023
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EmilyHorsham
Horsham5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
We had a great visit! Very welcoming, interesting and fun!! Would definitely recommend! Easy to find and well signposted if you are in the area.
Written 13 August 2023
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Penny L
Buderim, Australia10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
Really enjoyed this experience. Fascinating geology and history with a friendly and knowledgeable guide. We’ll worth the entrance fee. Highly recommend!
Written 16 May 2023
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Julie W
Palmerston North22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
Spectacular. Easy to navigate. Informative and humourous guide with a beautiful voice. She sang a Welsh lullaby in te reo in the cathedral cavern. Also, interesting to see the different types of formations because this is a dry, marble cave. Not expensive either.
Written 18 April 2023
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GemGem
50 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Family
We recently took our 2 kids through the cave. Tours run on the hour and we turned up about 10 mins before without warning and we're still allowed to join. The cave is at a 11 degree temperature all year round so be sure to take something warm. They do have a selection of jackets to borrow if you are like us and go unprepared. This is a reasonable priced family activity. The tour guide Robert was straight forward and knowledgeable and all safety gear required was provided. The cave and tour were so amazing.highly engaging and lots of discussion points along the way. Breath taking sites. It took nearly an hour to complete with a steep ladder to climb on exit. Don't just drive past. Our kids are still buzzing a few weeks on about their wonderful experience. Very memorable.
Written 21 March 2023
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