Riwaka Resurgence
Image: Shellie Evans ©


Walk to the cave and deep, clear pool where the Riuwaka River emerges from the depths of the Takaka Hill.


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Track overview

Return via same track

Walking and tramping

10 min one way Easiest: Easy access short walk

Dog access

No dogs

About this track


The north branch of the Riuwaka River pours out of the cave-riddled marble of Takaka Hill in this beautiful area of Kahurangi National Park. Damp forest, clear cold water, tranquil pools, and moss-covered and water-worn marble rock create a fairyland quality.

A short path leads through the forest to where the river emerges. There is wheelchair access as far as Crystal Pool (5 min).

Other attractions include picnicking, walking and fishing.

For a view down to the resurgence, drive up to Hawkes Lookout on Takaka Hill. A five-minute path takes you through bush and marble outcrops to a spectacular viewpoint. Hawkes Lookout is on State Highway 60, 10 km from Riwaka.

Getting there

The Riuwaka Resurgence is 11 km from Riwaka township and 16 km from Motueka.

From Riwaka, travel north-west on SH60 toward Takaka. 

Just before the climb over the Takaka Hill, the road splits in two, with the signposted road to the Resurgence off to the left.

Travel 7 km along this gently winding, but easy, flat road, to the park beside the start of the track. 

History and culture

Te Puna o Riuwaka is of particular cultural significance to the people of Te Atiawa and Ngati Rarua, who recognise it as wahi tapu, a sacred place.

Know before you go

  • Dogs and camping are not permitted. 
  • The rocks in the riverbed are very slippery.


Whakatū / Nelson Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 3 546 9339
Email:   nelsonvc@doc.govt.nz
Address:   Millers Acre/Taha o te Awa
79 Trafalgar Street
Nelson 7010
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Motueka Office
Phone:   +64 3 528 1810
Email:   motueka@doc.govt.nz
Address:   Cnr King Edward & High Streets
Motueka 7120
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