Enjoy walking on Takaka Hill, an area noted for its unusual elevated landscape including spectacular marble karst rock formations. In clear weather you will see panoramic views over Tasman Bay, Golden Bay and the mountains of Kahurangi National Park.
Takaka Hill Walkway crosses private land owned by the Harwood family. It was protected with three QEII Open Space Covenants in 1985.
The Harwood family generously allowed the construction of this walkway over their land for the enjoyment of the public. Ongoing maintenance of the track and facilities is undertaken by the QEII National Trust and volunteers.
Takaka Hill is located on highway 60 between Tasman and Golden Bays, 15 km north-west of Motueka in the Nelson district. The walkway is signposted from the road.
Three marked walks take you through karst landscapes, sub alpine shrublands and beech forests. There are many sinkholes in the area so stay on the track.
Takaka Hill’s unusual karst landscape was formed by millions of years of weathering which dissolved marble rock to form distinctive shapes and deep shafts and passages.
The original vegetation was mostly beech forest, similar to the remaining patches of trees on the land. The shrublands that you see today have spread since the forest was cleared.
A number of unusual lime-loving plants have evolved to suit the unique soil and climate of the area.
The rocky formations and covering vegetation are home for many species of native birds and invertebrates, like weta, robins, and the New Zealand giant carnivorous snail Powelliphanta hochstetteri.
Thanks to the individuals, companies and organisations whose generosity has made this walkway possible:
Fields Pond Foundation, Opus International Consultants, Queen Elizabeth II National Trust, Mr C. Sirett, Tasman District Council, NZ Walkways Commission.