Riwaka Resurgence

If you are venturing through the Motueka/Takaka area definitely take the wee detour and head over to see the Riwaka Resurgence! It is a remarkable place where you get to experience how creative nature can be.

The resurgence is where the Riwaka river comes to light escaping the limestone passages/caves that move through the Takaka Hill. The water flows out from the cave on its merry way out to sea. It is quite amazing how much water there is!! There are gorgeous pools of water all the way down the river, they look so divine I could have jumped in, if only it wasn’t winter!!

Getting there:

The resurgence is located about 15 minutes out of Motueka towards Takaka, down the beautiful country Riwaka River Road. Make sure your eyes are peeled for the left turn off just below the Takaka hill as it kind of creeps up on you! (Otherwise like us, you end up heading a little way up the hill and having to do a U-turn in the slow vehicle bay).

Continue along Riwaka River Road to the picnic area. There are a few signs so you won’t get lost. There will be one right turn that has a sign saying Riwaka Resurgence and follow that road all the way down to the end. Take your time driving down the beautiful road past orchards and wild greenery! Soon enough you will come to a car park at the end of the road (there are toilets) and the Maori gateway marks the entrance into the walkway.

The Resurgence:

As you enter the walkway you will be amazed at the dense green forest and the crisp surroundings. The walk itself is probably about 2-3 minutes. It’s very easy-going but a little slippery on the rocks! The first path veering to your left is a gorgeous picnic spot next to the flowing river. A great place to take your family and enjoy the beautiful view and fresh water.

The second path to your left is a must see. The water flows into a deep crystal blue pool, again it would be a great place to take a dip. There are many rocks to frolic on and a great place for a snap. Also, if you’re interested apparently there are fish swimming down this river.

Just up the stone path is the viewing platform to the opening of the cave. Make your way down the steps and take in the beautiful clear blue pool and meditate on the surreal beauty.

At the top of the stairs is a little information board giving some insight into the area. It is a sacred place to local Maori and many have come for cleansing and healing from the natural water, the life force.

So, if you have a spare minute definitely head over to this gorgeous place and even stop for lunch! If you’re lucky enough to be travelling this way in summer I dare you to take a dip!


I hope you enjoy,

Lee X


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    1. Lee-Ann McKenzie

      Thank you so much Jackie!! Definitely head over here when you’re next in the area, it’s only a slight detour! Wellington has some beautiful spots I would love to see what you get up to over there!

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