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Wherever you go in Golden Bay there's something to entertain or astonish. Stunning beaches, blue sea, crashing waves and sculpted rock formations. Walk through lush bush, visit creative artisans and dine out on the fresh seafood. Invigorate or relax - get away from it all or into the thick of it...

Ngarua Caves

Discover the stunning Ngarua Caves with its extensive and breathtaking variety of stalagmites and stalactites, also featuring an excellent skeletal display of the extinct moa.

Located in the Takaka Hill and open daily throughout summer offering guided cave tours hourly from 10am-4pm.
The user-friendly access to view the Ngarua Caves is suitable for all ages.
Experience the Ngarua Caves then relax with a coffee/refreshments and enjoy the spectacular views of Tasman Bay and Karst landscape.

EXPLORE: TAKAKA
Phone: 035288093
Email: ngaruacaves@paradise.net.nz

Killdevil Track

Technical Difficulty: Grade 4-5 steep and rocky in places, many switchbacks and some steep sections.
Physical Difficulty: Extreme level of fitness required for a one day trip, good level for a 2 day trip. Times: Full day of extreme riding to do it in one day. Two days of 4-5 hours otherwise.

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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.

COLLINGWOOD TO AORERE VALLEY: BAINHAM

DOC Totaranui Camp

DOC Totaranui Camp

EXPLORE:
Phone: 03-528-8083
Map: Click here

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.

TAKAKA TO ABEL TASMAN: POHARA
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.

TAKAKA TO COLLINGWOOD: PARAPARA
Map: Click here

Heaphy Track

The Heaphy Track is one of New Zealand's 'Great Walks', & one of the more popular tramping tracks.

Thousands visit it each year, walking the 82 kms to the West Coast over its ever-changing scenery and landscapes.

The track is benched, cut & kept clear, all rivers & streams are bridged and there are many huts and shelters on the way. In the summer time, Department of Conservation staff monitor the huts. Check with Department of Conservation regarding weather & track conditions before departing.

COLLINGWOOD TO AORERE VALLEY:

The Aorere Goldfields

Technical Difficulty: Generally Grade 3-4 Mostly rideable by intermediate level riders, some sections may require walking.
Physical Difficulty: Moderate to good level of fitness required.
Times :
1) The Main 4?-4 Loop is approx. 18.5km and will take about 2 - 3 hours, longer if doing the caves and dam first.
2) The Shorter Druggan Dam Caves loop is approx. 10km and will take about 1.5 - 2 hours, longer if exploring caves.

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The Rameka Tracks

Technical Difficulty: Mostly grade 3-4 (Intermediate with Advanced "Bits")
Physical Difficulty: Reasonable level of fitness required.
Times: From the top to the bottom is about 1.5 - 2 hours of fantastic single track riding. Being a one way set of tracks of some distance, and with the Takaka Hill to ride back up to retrieve your car, doing this as a loop is really only suitable for those extremely fit riders with a huge endurance.

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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.

COLLINGWOOD TO FAREWELL SPIT & MANGARAKAU: WHARARIKI

NZ Transport Agency

Road and Travel Info

HEAPHY TRACK HELP

VEHICLE RELOCATIONS - The cost- effective way to Relocate your Private or Rental Vehicle from either end of the Heaphy and Abel Tasman Tracks.

Whether you're Hiking / Tramping, Mountain Biking or Running the tracks - We want to ensure the transport logistics of your Heaphy or Abel Tasman journey is as simple as handing over your keys.

Our service provides a hassle free and cost effective solution to moving your rental or personal car from one end of the track to the other.

TRANSPORT: TAKAKA
Map: Click here

The Canaan Downs Loop

Technical Difficulty: Main Loop (Grade 3) Family Loop (Grade 2-3)
Physical Difficulty: Reasonable level of fitness required for main loop. Lots of scope for family groups and less fit riders as well Times: Full Loop of 14.5km takes about 1.5 - 2 hours. The Family Loop of 5km takes about 30 mins - 1 hour for a family group.

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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.

TAKAKA TO ABEL TASMAN: POHARA
Clifton
Map: Click here

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.

TAKAKA TO ABEL TASMAN:
Clifton

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.

TAKAKA TO ABEL TASMAN: TAKAKA
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The Rameka Track

This popular mountain bike track follows one of the earliest surveyed routes into the Takaka Valley and runs from Canaan to Central Takaka.

Views from the open sections are superb. From the Harwood's Hole carpark go through the gate at the western end and ride for 10 - 15 minutes to the start of the track (signposted). Allow 2 hours from the carpark to Takaka.

MOTUEKA TO TAKAKA:

Barron Flat Track

Technical Difficulty: Flora Track (Grade 2-3) Baron Flat Track (Grade 4) 4X4 Road (Grade 2)
Physical Difficulty: Very Good level of fitness required. You must be able to carry your bike on numerous occasions.
Times: The full ride from Flora Carpark to Upper Takaka is 45.5km and will take about 4.5 - 6.5 hours, depending on fitness and track condition.

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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.

TAKAKA TO COLLINGWOOD: TAKAKA
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.

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

Golden Bay Visitor Centre

For all your accommodation, transport and activities in Golden Bay and NZ

Willow Street, Takaka

You have 24/7 access to brochures, maps, activities, providers of accommodation, food and transport outside the Visitor Centre for visitors' use.

TAKAKA TOWNSHIP: TAKAKA
Golden Bay Visitor Centre Willow Street, Takaka 7110
Phone: 03-525-9136
Email: info@goldenbaynz.co.nz
Map: Click here

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.

TAKAKA TO ABEL TASMAN: WAINUI

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.

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

The Gold Creek Family Loop

Starts at the Harwood Hole Carpark, Climb over the sty next to the gate at the eastern end of the carpark, and you will see two tracks. One coming down from the trees to the right and one going up around the trees to the left. Take the left hand track to do the loop clockwise (recommended). You start by climbing up around the corner, and then it's not very obvious, but you ride all the way up the grassy valley to a farm road at the top. Turn right into the farm road, and follow this along. At on

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