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