We stopped near the top of Takaka Hill at an overlook. These gray rocks were all along the trail out to the lookout. We learned at our next stop that they are marble. Marble was quarried from this hill to build the government buildings in Wellington many years ago.
The landscape around the cave. If I understood right, some of the filming of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit was done here.
There are a lot of sink holes on this hill. At our previous stop, at the overlook, we saw signs warning about them. One of our boys was fascinated and badly wanted to see one; finally here he got his wish!
Going down the other side of Takaka Hill, towards Golden Bay. The road winds back and forth down the side of this hill–an incredible drive!