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Farewell Spit

Formed entirely from sand, New Zealand's longest sandspit stretches from Fossil Point 35km across the entrance to Golden Bay.

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Explore our map

If you are a map junky you can discover local attractions and businesses from the sky using our map.

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Golden Bay Visitor Center

For all your accommodation, transport and activities in Golden Bay and NZ . Willow Street, Takaka.

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Art & Artisans of Golden Bay

From balms to vegetables and everything in between, Golden bay offers an abundance of local high quality produced wares, some even award winning.

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Takaka to Abel Tasman National Park

There are many places to see and visit on the way through to Totaranui. Golden sandy beaches follow the rugged limestone cliffs towards New Zealand's stunning Abel Tasman National...

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Backpackers & Hostels

It's fun to stay at a backpackers or hostel and enjoy the company and tales of other backpackers while sticking to your budget. If you're not into dorm accommodation...

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Collingwood to Farewell Spit & Mangarakau

Collingwood to Farewell Spit & Mangarakau, experience white sand dunes, wild beaches, seabirds, migratory and native waders, picturesque lakes surrounded by nikau palms.

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Boating and Fishing

Come and throw your line to catch a trout or take a fishing charter to catch a snapper for dinner. Take a boat trip and enjoy some beautiful scenery along Golden Bay's coastline.

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Latest GB Weekly news

Latest GB Weekly news
Latest GB Weekly news

The GB Weekly is a family owned community newspaper, delivered free to every household and business in Golden Bay. We are blessed to have such a talented team of reporters, columnists and staff at the GB Weekly who are passionate about bringing you all the news from The Bay.

For the latest issue please follow this link - GB Weekly

GB News Snippets

GB News Snippets
GB News Snippets

The Raft will get punters thinking

It's not often that an audience watches a play on stage whilst sitting in a (metaphorical) lake. However, "it will not be wet or cold -- it is only the actors that will get wet," assures The Raft director Zara Lavanchy. The mid-winter drama is based on a family gathering at a West Coast bach for a weekend of bad weather and family conflict (and resolution).

The cast comprises a small group, some of whom are new to the Bay and keen to become involved in the community. "The performers gave me goose pimples," say Zara of the auditioning process. The youngest cast member is only four years old and is the voiceover for the character Liam."

"Takaka Drama Society is staging the play to provide the community with a fun night out. [It's] a play that will get them [the audience] thinking. It's a drama, but with some humour to it."

The Drama Society will provide hot drinks, snacks and a cash bar. Proceeds will go to ongoing support and maintenance of The Playhouse.

The Raft: 28, 29, 30 July; 4, 5, 6, 7 August, 7.30pm at The Playhouse, Park Avenue. Tickets available at Stitch 'n Sew, $15 for adults and $10 for members.

Welcome to Golden Bay

Golden Bay Visitor Centre, Willow St. , Takaka ph 03 5259136
Golden Bay Visitor Centre, Willow St. , Takaka ph 03 5259136

Golden Bay is an extraordinary natural environment at the top of the South Island in New Zealand.

Golden Bay is New Zealand's most diverse and appealing holiday destination. Imagine a region with endless variety, where golden beaches, alpine valleys and tranquil fishing rivers share a close proximity with the sea.

Breathtaking scenery, arts and crafts, sporting activities. There's something for everyone.

Golden Bay is nestled into the South Island's north-west corner. A chain of steep and rugged mountains cuts its fertile river plains and valleys from the rest of the island.

Unless you're a migrating whale, you don't go past Golden Bay on your way to anywhere.

Golden Bay Visitor Centre Opening Hours :
Monday to Saturday 10:00am till 2:00pm

You have 24/7 access to brochures, maps, activities, providers of accommodation, food and transport outside the Visitor Centre for visitors' use.

For more information please call us: 03 5259136 or email

Click here to email your enquiry
Anatoki Salmon Fishing & Cafe
The Mussel Inn Cafe Bar & Brewery
Farewell Spit Tours
Stone Arrow Jewellery

Golden Bay - Come, Stay, Play

Come, Stay, Play.... in Golden Bay

A taste of some of the amazing places to visit in Golden Bay this winter

Waitapu Bridge Recreational Site

Waitapu Bridge recreational site has been removed from the Freedom Camping Bylaw. The site is being managed by Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency in partnership with Manawhenua ki Mohua.

To protect this culturally significant site and for health and safety concerns, there is no overnight camping.
If you are looking to camp, there are a number of friendly camping parks in Golden Bay, which provide affordable camping options and would welcome your visit.

Contact the Golden Bay Visitor Centre in Takaka -- phone +64 3 525 9136 or visit

Click here to email your enquiry

Golden Bay - Richie McCaw's Top Spot

Come, Stay, Play.... in Golden Bay


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