Activities and Attractions in Takaka, Tasman

The Rocks Chalets is centrally located to both Kahurangi and Abel Tasman National Parks.

Local iconic attractions include Labyrinth Rocks Park, The Grove Scenic Reserve, Paynes Ford rock climbing, Ngarua and Rawhiti caves, Harwoods Hole, Te Waikoropupu Springs, Wainui and Salisbury Falls, Milnthorpe Park, Langfords Store - Bainham, Farewell Spit Tours, Arts and Craft trails, or why not try a local brew and tasty meal at The Mussel Inn or take a stroll to The Roots Bar in Takaka for an enjoyable evening or maybe you just want to catch your own fresh salmon at Anatoki Salmon Farm.

Takaka township is within walking distance of your accommodation, for good meals, shopping etc. Golden Bay's beautiful beaches and walks are only minutes away by car.

Play in Golden Bay

Whatever you enjoy doing you'll find something to interest you in Golden Bay. Catch a salmon or go sea fishing, ride a horse or take a scenic flight across the beautiful Kahurangi National Park or just relax on one of our beautiful beaches with a good book.

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Te Waikoropupu Springs

The Te Waikoropupu Springs are located in Golden Bay, on New Zealand's South Island. The springs are known for the clarity of the water, and the volume of water discharged. The springs are spiritually significant to the Māori people.

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Anatoki Salmon Fishing & Café

Experience the thrill of catching your own food. Come find a magical spot on Lake Anatoki to cast your line and land your lunch. Watch salmon back-flip out of the water, listen as they splash on the surface, keep your eye out for the big one, feel the thrill as the salmon teases your line with nibbles just before you reel it in and land it with delight.

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Ngarua Caves

Discover the stunning Ngarua Caves with its extensive and breathtaking variety of stalagmites and stalactites, also featuring an excellent skeletal display of the extinct moa. Located in the Takaka Hill and open daily throughout summer offering guided cave tours hourly from 10am-4pm. Bookings essential in the winter months (June-Sept).

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Labyrinth Rocks

Located 2 kms east of Takaka, the Labyrinth Rocks Park features 2 hectares of unique landscape with native trees and a natural rock maze through a series of karst limestone canyons.

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Abel Tasman National Park

Abel Tasman National Park is a wilderness reserve at the north end of New Zealand’s South Island. It’s known for the Abel Tasman Coast Track, a long trail winding over beaches and across ridges between Marahau in the south and Wainui in the north. The headland at Separation Point is home to New Zealand fur seal colonies. Little blue penguins, bottlenose dolphins and seals inhabit the Tonga Island Marine Reserve.
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Wainui Falls Track

A short walk through lush native bush leads to the cascading Wainui Falls, the largest and most accessible falls in Golden Bay/Mohua - there's a long swing bridge for children to enjoy as well. It's one of our best short walks.

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Rawhiti Cave

The ultimate in geological eye-candy around these parts are the phytokarst features of Rawhiti Cave, a 15-minute drive from Takaka (reached via Motupipi, turning right into Glenview Rd, then left into Packard Rd and following the signs). The rugged two-hour-return walk (steep in places; dangerous in the wet) may well leave you speechless (although we managed 'monster', 'fangs' and even 'Sarlacc').

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Paynes Ford Track

The track follows the line of a tramline that operated between the early 1880s and 1905, and was used to take timber from the Takaka Valley down to Waitapu wharf. It provides access to some excellent swimming holes in the Takaka River as well as to rock climbing areas.

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