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Harwood's Hole Excursion Jan 01, 2014
From Motueka set out north-west on road 60 to the top of the Takaka hill (which is almost a mountain). Approximately at the top there's a gravel road that goes north for 45 minutes by car. Park the car near the end of the road in an obvious car park. Walk west 45 minutes in a usually dry creek track, covered by a tall forest, eerily without bushes, that was a Lord of The Rings shooting location. Near Harwood's Hole there is a sign-post with good explanations. Approach carefully, it's a 200meter vertical drop.

You can easily see the size of the vertical cylindrical hole (50m diameter), but it's impossible and scary to try to spot the bottom of it.

It's a short climb to Harwood's lookout. There's a view of the valley where the water that pours into Harwood's Hole goes. The Carst nature of the rocks in the area would also be apparent up there.

Retrace your steps to return to road 60.

You can continue west then north on road 60 to arrive at the township of Takaka. Nearby you can go to (Waikoro)pupu springs, where all the marvelously clear water from the hills flows out of the ground.

You can also start a day trek on the Abel Tasman National Part.

It's also possible to go to the Rawhiti cave.
signpost near Harwood's hole
One of Harwood's hole's walls
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