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Takaka to Abel Tasman National Park

Base yourself in Golden Bay and visit the 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 Park.

Pohara

Pohara is one of the main holiday centres of the Bay, with a beach that must rank among New Zealand's safest.

Leave Takaka via Motupipi Street (when approaching Takaka turn right just after the Visitor Centre) or Meihana Street (drive through Takaka township and turn right at the high school). It will be a 10-minute drive to Pohara.

It is a popular centre for windsurfing and kayaking. Hire equipment is available for those who forgot their own. Every standard of accommodation is available

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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 with a great view out over Clifton the Motupipi Estuary and beyond to Farewell Spit in the distance.

From the car park the track wanders gently through the trees, following the natural cracks, ravines and outcrops created by the water- worn character of the limestone.

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Onetahua Marae

Established in 1986, Onetahua Marae in Pohara is used by the whole community for tangi, hui and wananga (educational base).

It is the home marae for three local iwi: Ngati Rarua, Ngati Tama, and Te Atiawa, but it operates as a multicultural marae with the wider involvement of the whole community. The protocol (kawa) there is Taranaki.

"Onetahua" is the Maori name for Farewell Spit and translated means "heaped up sand".

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Recreational Fishing

  • Tarakohe Harbour has an all-tide boat ramp, floating pontoon, marina, boat storage and boat wash-down facility.
  • Tata Beach has a boat ramp and water-skiing lane.
  • Fishing off the rocks at Tarakohe is popular and sometimes the penguins will join you.
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Ligar Bay

has a safe golden sandy beach and shady picnic spots.

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Getting to Pohara

Leave Takaka via Motupipi Street (when approaching Takaka turn right just after the Visitor Centre) or Meihana Street (drive through Takaka township and turn right at the high school). It will be a 10-minute drive to Pohara.

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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.

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Clifton

Turn left at the crossroads in Clifton and a couple of minutes' drive brings you to the Clifton Cemetery and Reserve.

Set in peaceful, picturesque surroundings with a backdrop of saltmarsh and estuary shallows, this area was the first European cemetery in Golden Bay, burials being recorded as far back as 1856. European settlement and development of the Bay have taken many twists and turns in the century-and-a-half since then.

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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.

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Abel Tasman National Park

is renowned for its golden beaches, sculpted granite cliffs and steep forested hills. There are tracks to suit all levels of fitness.
Visitors can start their tramp in Wainui Bay or take a 30-minute drive from Wainui Bay to get to Totaranui campground, or to Awaroa provided they cross the river at low tide.

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Clifton Cemetery and Reserve

Historic Clifton Cemetery, a site of great significance to both Maori and Pakeha. It was the area's local importance that meant it was vested in Council as a Recreation Reserve in 1991.

The land for the hospital cemetery, as it was meant to become, was set aside when Clifton, then known as Waiwera, was surveyed in 1842.

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Clifton
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Tata Beach

has deeper water for waterskiing. The boat ramp is suitable for use at mid to high tides. Tata Islands, with their steep limestone cliffs, archways and seabird colony, are popular destinations for kayakers.

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Aquaculture

Greenshell mussel farms can be seen at Wainui Bay and off-shore at Pakawau. This is a growing industry in Golden Bay.

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Cycle/Walkway

An off-road cycle/walkway runs from Pohara Hall along the beachfront, behind the golf course, arriving at the Clifton Reserve.

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Tarakohe Habour

This rock-walled harbour was built by the Golden Bay Cement Company for shipping bulk cement made out of limestone from the adjoining quarry. Whilst the quarry and works have closed, the wharf and harbour are still used for barging dolomite that is quarried elsewhere in Golden Bay. The fishing and scalloping fleet unloads and anchors here, and there is a sizeable marina for commercial and pleasure boats.

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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.

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Map: Click here

Ligar Bay, Tata Beach and Wainui Bay

The first corner after the Abel Tasman Memorial reveals the golden sandy beach and curving shoreline of Ligar Bay, now a mix of old baches and newer holiday homes.

The road then hugs a small sheltered estuary where a few keen boaties can usually be seen working on their craft.

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Ligar Bay

The Clifton Cemetery and Reserve

was the first European cemetery in Golden Bay. It is at the end of the Pohara cycle/walkway.

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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.

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