|Takaka limestone landscape|
|Moa Trap - the cave entrance|
|Finding a moa bone|
There were once atleast 9 species of moa in New Zealand, although only two of them were common on Takaka Hill. The limestone pot holes were a death trap for many that fell in and were unable to escape.
The bone that Sophie is holding in the picture is a lower leg bone (metatarsus).
If you would like to see the bones, they are now resident in Ngarua Cave. This is a very worthwhile show cave that has beautiful formations as well as other Moa remains found previously. I can definately recommend a visit if you are passing over the hill some time!