The north branch of the Riuwaka River pours out of the cave-riddled marble of Tākaka 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).
For a view down to the resurgence, drive up to Hawkes Lookout on Tākaka Hill. A five-minute path takes you through bush and marble outcrops to a spectacular viewpoint. Hawkes Lookout is on State Highway 60, 10km from Riuwaka.