Golden Bay has the best scallop beds in New Zealand & a growing mussel industry. The scallops are fished by towing dredges along the seabed with both recreational & commercial fishers enjoying a bountiful harvest.
The Challenger Scallop Enhancement Company is a privately owned fishing company that gathers scallop spat on artificial collectors (spat are tiny infant shellfish) which are released onto the shellfish beds.
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.
Ride the Red Bus - Eco tour, 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.
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!
Internationally recognised, New Zealand landscape artist Marion Towns has a creditable list of major exhibitions behind her and her works sell to art lovers throughout the world.
The chalk pastel medium Marion works with is used with skill and her choice of colours epitomises the New Zealand summer. Her paintings fall into the Impressionist category - mostly landscapes and seascapes - to which she occasionally adds the female nude form very cleverly emphasising the contours and curves of both.
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.
We offer a great selection of day walks and multi-day packages throughout the Abel Tasman and Kahurangi National Parks. Explore some of the spectacular scenery Golden Bay has to offer with an informative, local guide.
Come and experience some of finest horse riding New Zealand has to offer. With a terrain that changes from beautiful grass paddocks to a sandstone track that winds through some amazing geology incredible flora and fauna, it is simply just the "best" ride in NZ. And we have the world renowned Wharariki Beach, with huge rock arches and sand dunes. These are just a couple of our treks. We can arrange treks to suit all people including multi-day options. No experience is necessary
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.
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!
Fly with Mit in his 5 passenger high wing Cessna 185.
Ideal for photography with high wings and opportunity to open a window.
Number 1 scenic flight operator with years of flight experience over the area. Farewell Spit Scenic Flights.
Call Mit to discuss flights to other places. Landings at: Heaphy Track - Brown Hut - Awaroa Bay - Canaan Downs to connect with the Rameka Cycle & Inland Tasman tracks. Bikes can be carried.
Movies for everyone: blockbusters, children's, drama, documentary and arthouse. Owned and run by the community, we offer a relaxed movie-going experience with comfy couches, huge floor cushions. Occasional live entertainment.
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
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.
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.
The Takaka Golf Club in Clifton is a nine-hole links course adjacent to Pohara beach (visitors welcome).
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