NELSON TRAILS

Riuwaka Resurgence

Kahurangi National Park

Riuwaka Resurgence Walkway, or Source of the Riuwaka, is a short walkway to the resurgence of the Riuwaka River from the base of Takaka Hill. The walkway passes through lush native bush alongside the cool, clear waters of Riwuaka River, to the resurgence.

Details
Length 800 m return
Time Required 20 min return
Trail Type Walking track (with disabled access to Crystal Pool, halfway along walkway)
Physical Difficulty Very easy   
Uses Walking
Direction Return (out and back)
Dog Access Dogs are prohibited in Kahurangi National Park

Connections

Riuwaka Resurgence Walkway does not connect to any other official tracks.


Access

  55 min from Nelson | 20 min from Motueka

 

Riuwaka Resurgence Walkway is located at the end of Riwaka Valley Rd, 16 km north of Motueka and 50 km from Nelson. Follow State Highway 60 past the Kaiteriteri junction, and turn left onto Riwaka Valley Rd at the base of Takaka Hill. There are semi-permanent traffic lights in place due to the severe damage caused to Takaka Hill Highway in Cyclone Gita; you may find that traffic is backed up on a red light, in which case you will have to wait to turn onto Riwaka Valley Rd. The walkway is located 7 km up the gravel road, where there is a car park, toilet and grassed recreational area that is nice for picnics in summer (though no camping is permitted). The walkway enters Kahurangi National Park, so dogs are not allowed.

Description

The walkway follows the true left of Riuwaka River North Branch through lush native bush. The first half of the walkway to Crystal Pool has wheelchair access. Shortly afterwards the walkway ends at a viewing platform that overlooks the resurgence. A stairway leads down to the water edge. The steep hillside and bush mean the walkway can be quite shaded and cool in summer. The water flowing from the cave is a frigid 9°C year-round.

 

The resurgence is known as Te Puna o Riuwaka by local maori, Te Ātiawa and Ngāti Rārua, and is considered wāhi tapu (sacred). Traditionally maori would not eat or swim at the site, and the waters were considered to have powerful healing properties. Please be respectful of this when you visit.

Riuwaka Resurgence
Kahurangi National Park

Riuwaka Resurgence Walkway, or Source of the Riuwaka, is a short walkway to the resurgence of the Riuwaka River from the base of Takaka Hill. The walkway passes through lush native bush alongside the cool, clear waters of Riwuaka River, to the resurgence.

Details
Length 800 m return
Time Required 20 min return
Trail Type Walking track (with disabled access to Crystal Pool, halfway along walkway)
Physical Difficulty Very easy   
Uses Walking
Direction Return (out and back)
Dog Access Dogs are prohibited in Kahurangi National Park
Access

  55 min from Nelson | 20 min from Motueka

 

Riuwaka Resurgence Walkway is located at the end of Riwaka Valley Rd, 16 km north of Motueka and 50 km from Nelson. Follow State Highway 60 past the Kaiteriteri junction, and turn left onto Riwaka Valley Rd at the base of Takaka Hill. There are semi-permanent traffic lights in place due to the severe damage caused to Takaka Hill Highway in Cyclone Gita; you may find that traffic is backed up on a red light, in which case you will have to wait to turn onto Riwaka Valley Rd. The walkway is located 7 km up the gravel road, where there is a car park, toilet and grassed recreational area that is nice for picnics in summer (though no camping is permitted). The walkway enters Kahurangi National Park, so dogs are not allowed.

Description

The walkway follows the true left of Riuwaka River North Branch through lush native bush. The first half of the walkway to Crystal Pool has wheelchair access. Shortly afterwards the walkway ends at a viewing platform that overlooks the resurgence. A stairway leads down to the water edge. The steep hillside and bush mean the walkway can be quite shaded and cool in summer. The water flowing from the cave is a frigid 9°C year-round.

 

The resurgence is known as Te Puna o Riuwaka by local maori, Te Ātiawa and Ngāti Rārua, and is considered wāhi tapu (sacred). Traditionally maori would not eat or swim at the site, and the waters were considered to have powerful healing properties. Please be respectful of this when you visit.

Connections

Riuwaka Resurgence Walkway does not connect to any other official tracks.

Updated 29 January 2019