There are 30 minute strolls, such as the Grove and Washbourne Scenic Reserves, and the path that meanders along the edge of the inlet from the wharf at Milnthorpe to the beach. Walks that require a little more stamina include the Pupu Walkway, Wainui Falls and the Rawhiti Cave. There are also longer tramps such as the Kaituna track and the Rameka track. For the more intrepid, various walks lead to Boulder Lake and the Cobb Dam, the historic goldfield and the rugged West Coast through the Kaituna Track from Rockville. All make excellent whole day, day or overnight tramps. The drive to the road head on the West Coast takes over one and a half hours from Takaka and skirts the Marine Reserve of Westhaven or Wanganui Inlet before climbing through native bush reserves past Echo Point to the more windswept coast. An enjoyable overnight walk from the road end at Anatori takes you to the isolated and unmanned Kahurangi Lighthouse. A great little book called "Walk Tasman" can be picked up at the local Tasman District Council office. It contains detailed information and maps of 19 walks in Golden Bay and plenty of other walks in the Tasman district.
The Heaphy Track is one of New Zealand's 'Great Walks', and one of the more popular tramping tracks.
Thousands visit it each year, walking the 82 kms to the West Coast over its ever-changing scenery and landscapes.
The track is benched, cut and kept clear, all rivers and streams are bridged and there are many huts and shelters on the way. In the summer time, Department of Conservation staff monitor the huts.
There are several places in Golden Bay where miners' tracks built last century are being enthusiastically re-used by today's visitors. Turn off the main road at Kaituna Bridge and follow the signs to the modest carpark near the bush edge. From here a well-graded track takes you first to the old Kaituna gold-workings, where water-races, shafts, stacked stones and the odd piece of rusting iron identify a hundred-year-old rush; then the track carries you further into the hills with splendid views o
As would be expected when walking to a lookout the 1.5 hours to the top of he hill is a lot of "up", but the view is worth it. 360 degrees that take in all of Whanganui (Westhaven) Inlet and miles of the Kahurangi National Park. You can even see Farewell Spit in the distance. The first and last hour of the walk are shared with the Kaituna Track ??" the Knuckle Hill walk branches off, and from that point is a steep and rocky trek to the top.
Just two kilometres out of Takaka, on the way to Pohara, are three big oak trees. Turn left here, follow the signs to Labyrinth Rocks Walkway and you will find one of Golden Bay's most amazing places. Nature has produced a maze-like network of canyons through a limestone outcrop ??" an excellent example of the geological term 'Karst' limestone for which this area is known. It has been developed (and is still in the process of being developed) as an enchanting family attraction. Young or old, you
This is probably Golden Bay's most famous attraction, and its story and mysteries are still a fascinating one.
here are three large freshwater springs a few kilometres offshore at depths of 12 to14 metres. It is thought that these are part of the limestone water system, and as freshwater flows out, some seawater is drawn into the vents, finding its way to the main vent at Pupu.
It is most important to protect the springs from didymo.
This popular 3 or 4 day hike wanders along the top of the South Island of New Zealand between blue seas and the green, tree-clad hills.
Abel Tasman Coastal Track is unique among New Zealand's walking tracks in that its 46 km traverse only sea, the bays, cliffs, estuaries and sea hills of Abel Tasman National Park, the entire unroaded coastline between Tasman and Golden Bay.
A cycle/walkway runs from the Pohara Hall along the beachfront, behind the golf course ending at the Clifton Reserve. The Clifton cemetery was the first European cemetery in Golden Bay.
in Clifton is a 20-minute walking track which winds through the narrow canyons in the limestone ending up at a dramatic lookout. Picnic spot available.
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