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Ngarua Caves

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Address: Main Road | Takaka Hills, Motueka, New Zealand
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Nice cool cave tour

We enjoyed this concise caves tour. I liked the geological explanations given by the guide. Also holding a moa leg bone. We were in a very small group as we were in the first tour... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
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san francisco
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We enjoyed this concise caves tour. I liked the geological explanations given by the guide. Also holding a moa leg bone. We were in a very small group as we were in the first tour of the day (10 a.m.) and arrived early to enjoy the stunning lookouts at both the entrance gate and nearby Hawkes Lookout. On exiting the... More 

Thank meimei44
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Cave was fantastic. Tour guide knew his stuff. Definitely worth the stop. Just a shame the lady at the counter seemed to think customers were an inconvenience. Too busy taking a personal call to serve us our hot chocolates properly or acknowledge the customers that had just arrived!!

Thank 100kaylaw
Mansfield, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 11 March 2017 via mobile

A little sceptical about this trip as we just stopped off for a coffee...superb coffee! However we did do it....fascinating 45 minute tour down cave an old river bed....lots to see and moa bones. Need good shoes and short ladder (quite safe) to get back out into a field behind the cafe. Well worth a stop off and views superb.

Thank Helen W
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 March 2017

This was an interesting small cave. The trail through it is not for those with unsteady footing, the infirmed or very young children as you must climb a rather long ladder to get out. The moa bones were an interesting sight, and a leg bone was passed around (It was indeed large.) You see stalactites and their actual formation. Our... More 

Thank yank
Dunedin, New Zealand
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11 reviews
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Reviewed 9 March 2017

Ngarua Caves is absolutely fascinating. Guide was brilliant, filled with knowledge. Well worth a visit and extremely cheap for what you get at only $20 for an adult and the walk through the caves taking 45 min and is a pretty easy stroll but not suited to disabled. Lovely cafe a bit disappointed at the souvenirs. Bought 3 fridge magnets... More 

Thank Carosh2014
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Reviewed 5 March 2017

Very well priced at only $20 per adult. It was nice to be in such a small group of only 6 people. Our guide was very informative and knowledgeable. The tour takes approximately 45 minutes. The caves are beautiful. Walking through them is relatively easy and we never felt rushed to keep up with the group.The lighting and paths are... More 

Thank genieNZ
Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 2 March 2017

An absolutely fascinating cave tour and relatively cheap. The caves are situated 2000 feet above sea level and are amazing with numerous stalactites and highlights the area famous for it's high quality marble. The caves are illuminated in sections as you proceed on the tour. The guides are knowledgeable, friendly and share a concern for conservation. skeletal remains of the... More 

Thank WilliamRG2014
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33 reviews
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Reviewed 25 February 2017

stunning caves and shockingly cheap for what you get!! highly reccomend, what a great experience. friendly staff and cute cafe and gift shop. also, scene of the hobbit!

Thank Jacqueline C
Wellington, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 February 2017

We drove from Nelson with this cave a must visit in mind. It is not well sign posted until you get very close to the cave when you see a small board saying "Cave & coffee". The trick to find the cave is that you stay on SH60 until you see the "Cave & coffee" board. You will find the... More 

Thank Juping2014
Munich, Germany
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Reviewed 15 February 2017 via mobile

The guide Ben's recitation felt a bit stilted, but it was still an enjoyable and informative visit. Because this cave has been used for tourism in guided visits since it was first discovered in 1876, it is reasonably well preserved. Easy walk through, with one short ladder at the end.

Thank Julie B

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