Takaka Hill is for marble quarry and for many caves, including Ngarua Caves which are open to the public and feature deposits of moa bones. Takaka Hill, as many other areas in and around the Golden Bay, has also been the location for many scenes filmed for The Lord of the Rings film trilogy.
The caves are located at 2000 feet an d before you enter you can stand back in awe about the views over the bay.
Once in the caves the guide takes you into this amazing world of stalactites and stalagmites: an amazing almost off world experience.
It is not clear who discovered the cave but the signature of H.B. Everett, a 17 year old surveyor’s assistant was carved in the limestone formations. It was dated 1876 and is the earliest dated signature found according to the guide.
Somewhere during the tour the guide turned off the light and you could literally not see a hand before your eyes. Complete darkness is quite something else.
Absolutely stunning was the view of the “Cathedral”. What no man can design came to mind.
But, enough said have a look below for some more scenes of this marvelous underground world.
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