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About Golden Bay

Discover Paradise

Golden Bay is a stretch of fertile river plains and valleys separated from the rest of the South Island by a chain of steep and rugged mountains. There is only one road in and one road out and that’s over the Takaka Hill, a limestone and marble giant which features 290 bends on its 25km road. In this hidden corner of New Zealand are the Kahurangi and Abel Tasman National Parks as well as the famous Farewell Spit and Waikoropupu (Pupu) Springs. From Pohara in the east to Puponga in the west, there is a string of safe, shallow, fine sand beaches. To the west, Wharariki is one of Golden Bay’s gems – huge sand dunes, islands, caves and wild water.

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

Wharariki Beach

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




Wainui Falls

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)

Kaituna Track

The Kaituna Track takes you first to the old gold-workings, then the track carries you further into the hills with splendid views over the river and bush.
Walk time: Easy, 20min to 3 hours return

Grove Reserve

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.

Mountain Biking

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.

Horse Trekking

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.

Kayaking

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.




Scenic Flights

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.

Caving

Golden Bay boasts 3 different conducted cave tours as well as the most extensive cave systems in the Southern Hemisphere.

Rock Climbing

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.

Golf

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.

Fishing

Take a day out to go fishing. You can try your hand at landing a salmon or two at Anatoki Salmon Farm where you only pay for what you catch! Fish our beautiful clear rivers for trout. Spend some time out in Golden Bay sea fishing or dredging (in season) for scallops. Bring home your trophies to cook on the BBQ!

Farm Visits

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.