Riwaka Resurgence Walk
|Location: Northern tip of the South Island|
|Nearest Town: Motueka|
|Nearest City: Nelson|
|Length of tramp: 500m|
|Time needed: 10 Minutes|
|Route: Double Back|
|Wet Feet: No|
|Mobile phone coverage: No|
|Date this tramp was last walked: 2007|
|Track quality: Very good, can get a little muddy after a days rain|
|Shops/restaurants: Shopping in Motueka
|Petrol station: In Motueka|
|Hazards: The water is freezing.
|Water: The water out of the Resurgence is very good to drink.
|Driving Instructions: From Motueka town ship, drive north on high way 60 as if you were driving to Takaka. At 7.8 Km there is a very hard left hand corner. On your right is the road to kaiteriteri Beach.
Now turn to the left and drive on for 2.1Km This next turn off is to the left again onto Riwaka Valley Rd. This road is all most hidden from your view, so slow down.
At 5.9Km You should be approaching another Rd on the left, Riwaka valley Left branch. Drive straight ahead Do not cross over the bridge.
At 8.6 Km you will be in the Riwaka Resurgence car park.
|Camping on track: No, This is a reserve.
|Track highlights: Riwaka Resurgence. Takaka Hill, rising high above you it has a network of cracks and caves which acts as an underground drainage system. It has been created by the action of water dissolving the marble rock over millions of years. Rain falling on the hill is collected by this system and piped underground to resurge here at Riwaka. The walk to the resurgence takes 10 minutes. Wheelchairs can reach the Picnic Area 3 minutes and Crystal Pool 5 minutes.|
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Detailed track description for
Riwaka Resurgence Walk:
Riwaka Resurgence Walk - Start
If you are looking for a relaxing place to have a pick nick this is the place for you.
The first photo is of the Riwaka Valley, was taken from the Hawks lookout.
Looking at the bottom right hand corner of this photo, that is where the car park is located.
There is a very big picnic area around the car park. Plus you will have no problem finding a spot to sit and dangle you feet in the creek and listen to the native birds singing in the trees, what else you could wish for.
Riwaka Resurgence Walk - Points 2
To the next picnic area is just a short 3 minute walk up the creek. This short section is meant to be wheel chair friendly. Well that is if you happen to have a 4X4 Wheel chain in the boot of your car.
So if you are looking for a very quiet and relaxing hideaway that you can drive to during the week days this is the spot.
But give it a miss during the week ends it can be to noisy.
Riwaka Resurgence Walk - Points 3
You will see a number of small pools as you walk along this track. The pools do look very inviting But after the foot test, I changed my mind very quickly. The water was unbelievable cold.
Riwaka Resurgence Walk - Points 4
The last 10M of the track is a little on the rough side.
Because the track runs into a deep gully, not a lot of sun light can reach the ground to dry it out. So the rocks will be a bit slippery and there will be ground a little muddy in places.