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Rawhiti Caves

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Business Type: Takaka

Overview

When you first reach the entrance to the Rawhiti Cave you are sure to catch your breath and stand in awe at its magnificence.

Address: Packard Road, Motupipi, Tasman, New Zealand Nelson Region

Description

When you first reach the entrance to the Rawhiti Cave you are sure to catch your breath and stand in awe at its magnificence. The grand entrance is one of the largest in New Zealand and has thousands of stalactites extending down from the cave ceiling. Surprisingly, tree roots protrude through the roof causing the stalactites to grow outwards along with wonderfully weird columns, decorations, fragile straws, cave corals and textured limestone as if they are reaching for the sunlight.

The cave is reached by a one hour walk up a valley and a zigzag track over the Baird Reserve. Time stands still in this silent subterranean world. There’s the faintest whisper of intermittent drops of water filtering through the forest and the cave ceiling. It’s nature’s handiwork with a spiritual element. Water is the sky element from Rangi the Sky Father, passing through Tane’s forest and penetrating porous limestone into the underground realm of Papatuenuku, the earth mother. At Motupipi, 15 minutes drive from Takaka you turn right into Glenview Road and then left into Packard Road where a signpost directs you through private property to an informal carpark.

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Locations

Packard Road, Takaka, Golden Bay, Nelson and Bays
From Takaka, drive east towards Pohara Beach. At Motupipi turn right into Glenview Road and then left into Packard Road. Rawhiti Cave is signposted from near the end of Packard Road through private property to an informal carpark. Please leave the gates as you find them. It takes approximately 15 minutes to drive from Takaka to the carpark.
Just after you leave the carpark you cross Dry River. From here, the marked route continues up the valley for 30 minutes and turns sharply right. It then climbs steeply for a further 30 minutes, zigzagging up to the cave entrance.

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