Ngarua Caves. An ideal stop-off on the way to Golden Bay. Cave features, millions of stalactites and moas bones. Suitable for all ages. Ngarua Cave was discovered by bushmen clearing the hillside of scrub, after a bushfire had destroyed the surrounding bush. The early settlers visited the cave by horse coach. As visitors destroyed and removed stalactites and wrote their names on the formations, the cave was locked up for several years. The latest development of the cave is a second entrance, allowing one way tours through the cave. In the cave several remains of the famous birds of New Zealand were found. A complete skeleton of a Moa is on display.
Walk through the huge Ngarua Cave in the Marble mountain, Takaka Hill, and see stalactites in the magnificent Wedding Cathedral, view the carbonated bones of the now extinct Moa bird . Enjoy a full entertaining commentary suitable for all ages. Tour takes approx. 45min. Adults $15 and $7 for children 15 and under. Under 5 free.
Stopped off here to take photos as beaut day at the tp of the Takaka Hills – decided to head down to the caves just for a look – see. Lovely small café and shop and enjoyed a great latte whilst waiting for our tour of the caves. Very lucky to have the guide Amanda to ourselves and enjoyed a great tour though the caves – informative and interesting. Colder inside and need to wear reasonable shoes but pretty much anyone can do it. A ladder at the end to get out of the cave but as I am unfit and overweight and did it then you can too. Not to be missed. Easy to spend 1-1.5 hrs here with tour and a drink sitting on the lovely balcony