Ngarua Caves

Ngarua Caves, Motueka: Address, Phone Number, Ngarua Caves Reviews: 4.5/5

Ngarua Caves
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Irene M
Auckland, New Zealand38 contributions
Interesting experince.
Mar 2021
Interesting experience. Our guide was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the caves and the history attached to them. We were a bit tentative about the exit with a ladder and narrow opening. This was not a problem at all. The ladder is very sturdy and easy to climb. At the exit you do have to mind your head but nothing to worry about. Overall a great experince.
Written 31 March 2021
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Lara F
Upper Hutt, New Zealand174 contributions
A step back in time, underground...
Mar 2021
This is a great place to visit if you are staying around the area - Motueka, Marahau, Kaiteriteri, Takaka etc.

We were staying in Marahau and it took us about an hour to drive here. Depending on the timing of the traffic lights on Takaka Hill (due to roadworks) it can add an extra 15 minutes to your journey so allow time for this if you are heading from that direction.

Guided tours depart every hour on the hour and take about 45 minutes. It is recommended you have suitable (walking) footwear, and an extra layer or two of clothing as it’s cooler underground in the caves (it was about 11 degrees the day we did it) so if you generally feel the cold you’d want a couple of layers.

The caves are interesting with the Moa bones and there are some amazing formations - definitely worth the visit.

The ‘cabin’ or shop sells some lovely souvenirs. There are the standard items such as magnets and t shirts however there are some different items such as knitted (alpaca wool) hats and pebble art pictures.

You can purchase hot or cold drinks, ice creams/blocks, and there is a small selection of food available too.

This is a great activity to do in any weather.

Note: There is a ladder at the end of the tour which you climb to get out of the caves however it’s nothing too strenuous. There are toilets located at the cabin where you start and finish the tour.
Written 29 March 2021
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Afghankiwi
Hamilton & Waikato Region, New Zealand90 contributions
Great caves
Mar 2021 • Solo
Absolutely interesting caves. Contained interesting structures and moa bones
Good guides
Well worth a visit
Written 7 March 2021
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Carole L
Christchurch, New Zealand25 contributions
Ngarua Caves Adrenalin Rush
Mar 2021 • Couples
Much better than we expected. Could I recommend to the family owners to invest in a new sign and better advertising at the top, especially for car parking with a big arrow We nearly drove on by because (and I’m sure like many) we nearly didn’t read the bit where it says ‘keep driving down for good parking’ etc. It’s very easy on first appearances to think that the small gravel parking area at the entrance site ‘is it’ and therefore not much of a place. If you made this area more inviting and exciting more people would drive down to the Base. We had a great time at the Cave and highly recommend - with several Adrenalin rushes during the tour!
Written 5 March 2021
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huntlywelches
Huntly, New Zealand19 contributions
Worth a look
Feb 2021
The cave itself is interesting, and the guide was friendly and informative. Well worth a look if you have moderate fitness. Nice and cool on a hot day too!
Written 26 February 2021
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Bruce A
Vancouver, Canada25 contributions
Well worth the stop
Feb 2021
We were positively surprised....the entrance doesn't look much but the walk through the caves is really interesting. Well worth the stop at the top of the hill
Written 22 February 2021
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Duncan W
Wellington, New Zealand273 contributions
One of the best caves to visit in NZ
Feb 2021
We have visited caves overseas that are much grander than Ngarua, but this is the best I've been to in NZ. The guide was very friendly and informative. The Moa bones added interest. It was a relatively easy walk and wasn't cold inside the cave (didn't need a jersey), but the pathway was uneven and a little slippy in places. The cathedral cavern was pretty spectacular.
Written 7 February 2021
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Tri-it-love-it
Palmerston North, New Zealand22 contributions
Great hidden beauty
Jan 2021
We stopped initially to get a coffee and a break from the car sickness and found these caves. We have a 2yr & 6yr old which we took into the caves - they loved it. As per previous review - there is a 5m ladder climb at the end with narrow opening which can be tricky for any children you need to carry or if you have disabilities. Would be good if this was clearly noted when considering doing this activity. We were lucky in our case but could be a surprise for anyone who needs to know this. Staff were friendly, view from the cafe out to the ocean is stunning. Well worth a stop even for the view and break.
Written 26 January 2021
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Kiwi leigh
27 contributions
Hidden gem
Jan 2021 • Family
Visited here today with 2 teenage daughters. It was their first time experiencing caves and they loved it! Our guide was lovely, the caves themselves impressive and the moa bones a huge bonus.
Written 15 January 2021
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Julie B
Auckland, New Zealand42 contributions
A Hidden Gem - Worth a Visit
Dec 2020
Definitely worth the trip and view! Amazing hidden gem on way to Takaka from Nelson! Guide was knowledgeable and the group was a good size with 4 adults and 2 children under 12. Absolutely amazing to go underground and see these. Not cramped at all and no bugs etc.
Written 9 January 2021
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