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Come and play in beautiful Golden Bay

Whatever you enjoy doing you'll find something to interest you in Golden Bay. Catch a salmon or go sea fishing, ride a horse or take a scenic flight across the beautiful Kahurangi National Park or just relax on one of our beautiful beaches with a good book.

Gold Hunting Adventures

We conduct gold fossicking trips from one hour to a full day course. Teaching the exciting hobby of gold panning, sluice boxing and gold detecting. From a special day out in the forest to individuals seeking an adventure to the great outdoors.

Salisbury Falls

Salisbury Creek and the footbridge were named after the Salisbury family, descendants of brothers John and Charles Salisbury who came to the area to seek their fortunes from gold about 1860.

A beautiful waterfall and swimming hole which is a great spot to visit all year. In summer the swimming hole is popular with locals and visitors enjoying the deep green water and cooling spray from the waterfall.

ACTIVITIES: BAINHAM

Wharariki Beach

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.

BEACHES: WHARARIKI

General Boating & Fishing

Golden Bay has a successful and growing mussel industry. Cockles and oysters are also commercially harvested from Golden Bay beaches.

It helps everyone and our natural resources when we follow the rules. New Zealand conserves its fishing species and there are penalties for abusing these. More information can be found from the Ministry for Primary Industries Website.

BOATING AND FISHING:

Tata Beach

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.

BEACHES:

Golden Bay Coachlines

We strive to offer the best, most reliable and most comfortable bus service available.

Nelson to Takaka
Including Richmond, Motueka & Canaan Rd Turnoff

Abel Tasman Coastal Track
Including Wainui, Totaranui, Marahau & Kaiteriteri

The Heaphy Track
including Collingwood, Brown Hut, Kohaihai and Karamea

Can't find what you are looking for, contact us now and we will come up with a solution

Takaka Golf Club

Takaka Golf Club welcomes new members & visitors for relaxed golf. Our 9-hole Clifton course, with alternative tees on most holes, is on a sand spit with panoramic views of Golden Bay, a tidal estuary and mountains. Its undulating links-style fairways and well-paced greens are regarded as a fun challenge for golfers of any ability. Green fees are $20 and there is a range of membership options including first time member discounts. Hire clubs, motorised carts, & coaching available by arrangement.

ACTIVITIES: TAKAKA
Phone: 03-525-9054
Email: takaka@golf.co.nz
Web: www.takakagolfclub.co.nz

Adventure Flights Golden Bay

Explore Golden Bay's unique sights and history with a once in a life time flight with Mit, Golden Bay's most experienced Scenic Flight operator.

Choose one of our planned flights or request your own path around our beautiful back yard and let Mit take care of you in his comfortable Cessna with it's high wings and two-way noise-cancelling headsets.

Wainui Falls

Another Golden Bay Gem is one of the most impressive and beautiful waterfalls in Abel Tasman National Park.
Wainui Falls is located on the Wainui River, a beautiful 40-minute bush walk starting from the carpark in Wainui Bay 20km north-east of Takaka. Look for the direction sign on the road side approximately 300 metres after crossing over the Wainui River Bridge.

ACTIVITIES: WAINUI

Labyrinth Rocks

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 as an enchanting family attraction.

ACTIVITIES: TAKAKA
Map: Click here

Waitapu Springs

Indoor pool, hot tubs, traditional Scandanavian wood-fire sauna.

Luminate Festival (Spiritual & Educational Trust)

Luminate is an earth-friendly festival of contemporary music, arts and culture with a focus on environmental sustainability, intentional community, holistic education, inspiration and celebration. Luminate encourages people to take responsibility for the world that we are all co-creating, to share skills and knowledge, evolve consciousness and have fun.

Golden Bay Kayaks

Gateway to the northern end of the Abel Tasman National Park. Islands, rock formations and an abundance of wildlife. Guided tours, family tours, freedom rentals and stand up paddle board hire.

ACTIVITIES: TATA BEACH
Tata Beach
Phone: 035259095
Email: info@goldenbaykayaks.co.nz
Web: goldenbaykayaks.co.nz
Map: Click here

Anatoki Salmon Fishing & Cafe

Catch your very own fresh salmon and have it ready to eat on the spot! All the gear you need is provided at no cost and there's no entry fee. Simply pay per weight for what you catch. Open year round 7 days a week from 9am. Bring your camera and go for the catch of the day!

ACTIVITIES: TAKAKA
242 McCallum Road, Takaka
Phone: 0800-262865
Email: catch@anatokisalmon.co.nz
Web: www.anatokisalmon.co.nz
Map: Click here

Milnthorpe Scenic Reserve

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.

BEACHES: PARAPARA
Map: Click here

Pohara

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.

BEACHES: POHARA

The Bay Walk

walking program

ACTIVITIES:
Email: info@nieuwzeelandhuis.com

Farewell Spit Tours

Ride the Red Bus - Gannet Colony Tour, Lighthouse Tour and Wader Watch.

Locally owned and operated for more than 65 years. Farewell Spit is a Nature Reserve and Wetland of International Importance.

Come with us and find out why, while you feel the sun on your face, the breeze in your hair and the sand between your toes. Departure times are set by the tide so bookings are essential.

ACTIVITIES: COLLINGWOOD
Phone: 03-5248-257
Email: enquiries@farewellspit.co.nz
Web: www.farewellspit.com
Map: Click here

Te Waikoropupu Springs

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.

ACTIVITIES: TAKAKA
Map: Click here

Wildcat Fishing Charters

Keep your catch, or Catch & Release it's up to you.

Fishing trips for small groups from Golden Bay all year round.

Don't worry if you're a novice angler because you get one to one guidance from Leigh on how to catch your fish. All bait, quality fishing gear & refreshments supplied free onboard.

You don't even have to get your hands wet if you don't want to! Catch your fish and Leigh will do rest for you!

ACTIVITIES: POHARA
688 Abel Tasman Drive
Phone: 0508945322
Email: info@wildcatcharters.co.nz
Web: www.wildcatcharters.co.nz
Book: Click here
Map: Click here

Ligar Bay

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.

BEACHES:

Wainui Bay

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.

BEACHES: WAINUI

Horse Activities @ Hack Farm

Beach trails, pub rides, swim with horses, vaulting, cart rides. Hackactivities off the beaten track.
Beach access to Patons Rock beach, horses, glow worm track, wifi.

Hack Farm
Horse Activities and Accommodation - for Outrider

Hack'n Stay is dedicated to those who want to enjoy the simple things in life.

Bring your own horse or enjoy time with one of ours.
Take a sulky or cart ride along the beach.
Ride bare back along the golden sands.

ACTIVITIES: ONEKAKA
22 Grant Road, Onekaka
Phone: 35259434
Email: baerbelhack@gmail.com
Web: www.hackfarm.co.nz
Map: Click here

Canaan Downs - Pikikirunga

Iconic and beautiful outdoor venue, can be hired for events, music, arts, workshops, weddings, film location. Inquiries welcome.

ACTIVITIES:
Email: canaan@farmside.co.nz

The Takaka Golf Club

The Takaka Golf Club in Clifton is a nine-hole links course adjacent to Pohara beach (visitors welcome).

ACTIVITIES: POHARA
Email: takaka@golf.co.nz

Pohara Beach

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.

BEACHES: POHARA

Aorere Centre

Discover the rich history of western Golden Bay, from early Maori arrivals to European settlement. Local stories feature agriculture, industry, gold, shipwrecks, lighthouses and the Collingwood fires. Open Daily 10?"dusk. Admission by donation.

ACTIVITIES:
Phone: 03-524-8131
Email: aorerecentre@hotmail.co.nz

Golden Bay Beaches

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.

BEACHES:

Golden Bay Air

Golden Bay Air operates scheduled flights between Wellington and Takaka and Karamea and Takaka with connecting ground transport to the Heaphy Track and Abel Tasman National Park. Spectacular flightseeing tours: Farewell Spit, West Coast, Abel Tasman and Kahurangi National Parks. Nationwide air charter. Rental Cars.

ACTIVITIES: TAKAKA
Phone: 035258725
Email: info@goldenbayair.co.nz
Web: www.goldenbayair.co.nz
Map: Click here

Nelson Area General Fishing Rules

It helps everyone and our natural resources when we follow the rules. New Zealand conserves its fishing species and there are penalties for abusing these. More information can be found from the Ministry for Primary Industries here

BOATING AND FISHING:
Phone: 03-548-1069
Web: www.fish.govt.nz

The Grove Scenic Reserve

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.

ACTIVITIES: POHARA
Map: Click here

Golden Bay Air

Golden Bay Air operates scheduled flights between Wellington and Takaka and Karamea and Takaka with connecting ground transport to the Heaphy Track and Abel Tasman National Park. Spectacular flightseeing tours: Farewell Spit, West Coast, Abel Tasman and Kahurangi National Parks. Nationwide air charter. Rental Cars.

The Woolshed

Caf?(c), woolcraft and yarn. Indoor and outdoor seating. Farm animals including Gotland sheep.

ACTIVITIES:
Canaan road, Takaka Hill Highway, Takaka Hill
Phone: 035287906
Email: info@gotlandwool.co.nz
Web: www.thewoolshedcanaan.co.nz
Map: Click here

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