Takaka Hill (New Zealand)

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Takaka Hill lies in the North-West corner of the South Island of New Zealand.  There is only the one road to get in and out of Takaka.  With one mighty hill in-between.  Takaka Hill is New Zealand’s longest road climb.  Which takes you through a very steep and windy road which rises to 791 meters above sea level. This is a road which has been recognised as one of New Zealand’s most popular touring roads.  Offering truly amazing reward at the top.  With superb views over Tasman Bay to Nelson Bay and beyond.

Image taken by Robin Capper

Takaka Hill climb

Immediately after the summit lies Harwood’s lookout.  This offers views of the Takaka valley below.  The mountain peaks of the Kahurangi National Park and in the far distance Farewell Spit. This is a truly remarkable place to visit.  Its spectacular scenery was used to shoot a location in Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings films.  Takaka Hill represents the forest near the fictional Bree (Chelwood Forest).

Takaka Hill is also renowned for its numerous sink holes.  Cave systems and underground rivers.  With a tourist cave that you can visit at the Ngarua Caves,with its brilliant Stalagmites & Stalactites and offers caving tours.  This is a hill which you have to experience climbing both sides of Takaka Hill.

Image by Robin Capper

Either climb would be considered amongst New Zealand’s greatest road climbs.  Its a climb that you will want to put onto your bucket list if you’re planning on visiting New Zealand by bike.

 Nelson side

Distance: 14.8 km

Gradient 5%

Elevation: 766 metes

Surface: Sealed

Here is a link to the Strava segment here:

Image by Robin Capper

Takaka side

Distance: 9.1 km

Gradient 7%

Elevation: 685 metes

Surface: Sealed

Here is a link to the Strava segment here:

Takaka Hill image by Brett Vachon

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