Riuwaka Resurgence Walk

Riuwaka Resurgence Walk

The Riuwaka (also Riwaka) Resurgence Track is just inside Kahurangi National Park. It is a must-do when you are in the area and, in our view, is right up there as one of the best short walks in New Zealand. It only takes about 30 minutes or so (return) and is stunning, mainly because of the intensity of the moss and lichen growing on the rocks and trees around the Riwaka River rapids as you walk up the trail. This intense green is interspersed with multi-coloured rocks and river stones.

The short trail takes you to the reason for the name – the point where the river resurges from an underground cave system. At this point, the water is both very old and very fresh and considered wahi tapu (sacred) by local Maori.

To get there, take a left into Riwaka Valley Road just before State Highway 60 to Golden Bay starts the climb up Takaka Hill. There is also a pretty campground about halfway along the road.

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