About Golden Bay
To find out more about the Golden Bay area – information on regions, sights, events, walks and activities – visit the Golden Bay NZ website.
Golden Bay Walks
The most popular activity of visitors to Golden Bay. Here is a selection of popular walks in Golden Bay:
Te Waikoropupu Springs
Definitely not to be missed. One of New Zealand’s most visited reserves. A circular track through native bush takes walkers past old gold mine workings and a series of springs. The largest spring has a viewing platform and underwater periscope.
Walk time: 45 min return, very easy
Highly recommended for those who haven’t yet experienced a wild West Coast beach. Take warm, windproof clothing with you and beware of tidal changes. Not safe for swimming.
Walk time: between 40min – 2 hours return, easy
Pupu Hydro Walkway
Turn off Highway 60 as for Te Waikoropupu ( Pupu) Springs but take the right fork about 1km from the highway. There is, they say, a wider range of interests – scenery, history, plant life, rock-hounding, engineering ingenuity – crammed into this half-day round trip than anywhere else locally.
Walk time: 1.5 hours round trip
The walk starts off across farmland then follows the river through a wooded area. The next section cuts across a cliff face then into a lowland area of bush finishing at the base of the waterfall.
Walk time: Easy 40min walk but does cross a swing bridge and the path is narrow in part (not for the faint-hearted)
The walk wanders past towering columns of limestone covered with creepers and heavy sub-tropical native vegetation. The path leads to a cleft in the rock with a dramatic view over Clifton.
Walk time: Easy 30 min return
Abel Tasman Coastal Walks
Walk along the stunning Abel Tasman coastline – usually combined with a water taxi trip.
Drive 40 min – past Ligar Bay, Tata Beach and Wainui Bay to Totaranui.
Walk time: Various.
Golden Bay has one of the best downhill mountain bike trails in New Zealand, the Rameka Track. Starting at the summit of the Takaka hill (Marble Mountain) it descends almost 1000 vertical metres through native bush.
One-way transport to the top of the Marble Mountain and excellent rental bikes are available in Takaka.
A great way to experience some dramatic scenery. Conducted rides from one and a half hours to several days are run by Cape Farewell Horse Treks.
Escape the crowds and kayak the quieter northern parts of Abel Tasman National Park from Golden Bay. Half day guided tours, family guided tours and independent kayak hire from hourly to multi day tours from Golden Bay Kayaks.
There are flight services from Takaka airport, just north of Takaka Township, providing scenic flights as well as return transport for those doing the Heaphy Track.
Golden Bay boasts 3 different conducted cave tours as well as the most extensive cave systems in the Southern Hemisphere.
Golden Bay sits between 2 large limestone outcrops, one in Kahurangi National Park and one in Abel Tasman National Park. This affords some excellent and varied climbs, the best known being Payne’s Ford.
The golf course at Pohara is right along side the seashore where you can enjoy some excellent views from the course and clubhouse. Best of all – to get there it’s just an easy stroll from the Pohara Beachfront Motel.
Golden Bay’s mild climate supports a wide range of different farming ventures our main industry being dairy farming. If you have never seen cows being milked you can watch this at one of our local farms.