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Source of the river

Park in the lot and take the short walk up the trail along the beautiful Riwaka stream to it's... read more

Reviewed March 3, 2019
Dallas, Texas
There's Something Fascinating About Going To The Source of a River

There's something thrilling about jumping into it, but that could be the temperature of the water... read more

Reviewed January 29, 2019
Invercargill, New Zealand
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Riwaka Valley Road | Motueka area, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand
+64 3-546 9339
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All reviews minute walk takaka hill the river car park picnic area blue pool isn t bush walk cultural significance beautiful scenery source maori crystal nature dip paths end
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Reviewed March 3, 2019

Park in the lot and take the short walk up the trail along the beautiful Riwaka stream to it's source. Natural beauty totally worth the 7 min walk.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank sarabK5977QY
Reviewed January 29, 2019

There's something thrilling about jumping into it, but that could be the temperature of the water since it's just come out of that mountain.  It's an easy, short walk from the car park and easy access to two parts in the river where the swimming...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank ALittleRobynToldMe
Reviewed January 22, 2019

Beautiful scenery. Absolutely do not miss this adventure - it's free, it's amazingly beautiful and it's not a tough walk. Would recommend that you make this a stop on your trip. The area before you go in has picnic areas so you could make it...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank joyoftravel2018
Reviewed January 20, 2019 via mobile

Wow what a great hidden gem. Eventually we all did it - jumped in that is! You can’t walk in it’s freezing about 10-13 degrees. In and out. Even my 10 year old tried it. The 2nd time in isn’t as shocking but still very...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank katie_272727
Reviewed January 14, 2019

It was such a delight to watch the people who were grave enough to climb into a tree, then leap off into the most beautiful aquamarine blue pool only to surface with a whoop as that freezing cold water stung their skin! It made me...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank GregoryK1268
Reviewed December 30, 2018 via mobile

Wow! We were recommended to come here by the owner of our accommodation. We are so glad we did. At the bottom of the Takaka Hill you take the road to the left and follow it to the end. It’s only a minute or so...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Nic_ann_F
Reviewed December 22, 2018 via mobile

A very short stroll to the Riwaka resurgence river source which is beautiful. So tranquil and a good place for a quick refreshing and regenerating dip. Known by the Maori’s for its healing properties. It’s easy to get to and you can stop by the...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank revett2016
Reviewed November 30, 2018

A site of significance for the Maori this is a lovely location with an interesting river source and waterfalls and pools. Very good car park and well laid out paths

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank MadalynH7
Reviewed April 16, 2018 via mobile

Down a side road off the beginning of the takaka hill winds a gentle river; apple orchards on one side and lifestyle blocks on the other. At the end of the road is a large carpark and picnic area with a bush walk off to...More

Date of experience: April 2018
3  Thank Jacqui P
Reviewed February 24, 2018 via mobile

This is an easy reasonably flat well groomed trail suitable for the whole family. A 10-15 minute walk takes you to the main attraction point. Beautiful clear river/water, a nice way to see nz native forest, and a place of cultural significance...why would you want...More

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank tearohanui
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