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From child friendly beaches to surfing beaches or those with outstanding scenery, Golden Bay has them all.
From Pohara in the east to Puponga in the west, there is a string of shallow, fine sand beaches, safe for the family with children.
To the east, Pohara has a warm, safe, sandy beach. Beyond Tarakohe you will discover truly golden beaches: ligar Bay, Tata Beach, Wainui.
The Abel Tasman National Park has much coarser sand. Tata Beach and Totaranui are popular with those wanting deeper water for water skiing but still in safe waters.
Pohara is one of the main holiday centres of the Bay with a beach that must rank among New Zealand's safest. It is also a popular centre for windsurfing and kayaking.
A few minute's drive from Pohara is Ligar Bay, resplendent with golden sand, barbecue areas, shady trees and great safe swimming at high tide.
A few minute's drive from Pohara, Tata's water is a little colder than Pohara's but you can swim here at low tide. It is preferred by swimmer's who seek deeper water.
is the centre of this district, with cafes, bars and a shop for supplies. Swimming here is wonderful for children because the water is very shallow and warm. The beach is a favourite for long walks in the late afternoon.
is a great beach to visit, exploring the rock formations and shady picnic spots. A favourite walk is at low tide to Taupo Point. Wainui is the western starting point of the Abel Tasman Coastal Track.
Wharariki is a landscape photographer's paradise. You will enjoy taking advantage of the endless photo opportunities on offer at Wharariki Beach and surrounding areas.
Just north of Parapara Inlet on public conservation land is a network of easy walking tracks through regenerating forest. You can find some fun routes that have been created meandering past swamps and lagoons and even down to the beach.
In amongst the trees on some tracks you will discover numerous artworks left by local artists.
One of Golden Bay's Gem's where you can be serenaded by native birds as you explore to your heart's content.