Takaka Travel Guide

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Takaka Overview

Takaka is a small town situated at the southeastern end of Golden Bay, at the northern end of New Zealand's South Island. Located on the lower reaches of the Takaka River. it lies at the start of the winding road which follows the river valley before climbing over Takaka Hill, linking Golden Bay with the more populated coast of Tasman Bay to the southeast.

Farming, sawmilling and limestone quarrying are major local industries, as is tourism. The area around Takaka is mineral-rich, with gold, iron ore, copper, silver and asbestos all found locally, although not all in commercially viable amounts. The area around Takaka Hill is also notable for its cave systems, with New Zealand's deepest cave, Nettlebed Cave located nearby.

Rock Climbing is also very famous throughout Golden Bay, the most famous climbing area being Paynes Ford. This area is situated about 20mins walk from Takaka and has over 200 bolted climbs. The most famous climb here would have to be 1080 and the letter G because of it unique "no-hands-rest" at the top and its views of Golden Bay.


Takaka today is considered a mecca for vegetarians, organics, arts and crafts and hippies, many of whom have establish their alternatives cafes and various cottage industries in and around the town.

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