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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...

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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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 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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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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Driving Times & Distances

Kms Min
Motueka To Takaka 52 55
Takaka to Pohara 15 10
Takaka to Onekaka 15 10
Takaka to Collingwood 30 20
Collingwood to Bainham 20 15
Collingwood to Pakawau 15 10
Collingwood to Farewell Spit 22 20
DRIVING INFO:

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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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

The Takaka River

The Takaka River runs north for 70 kilometres joining with Waingaro River just south of Takaka township. Enjoy it for swimming or trout fishing.

Takaka Hill, as many other areas in and around the Golden Bay, has also been the location for many scenes filmed for The Lord of the Rings film trilogy.

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Goldfields

Gold was found in the Aorere in December 1856, and within a year there were a thousand men working there.

Aorere became the first major goldfield in New Zealand and was notable because sluicing was used and the diggers got together to set down their own regulations.

The rush lasted for three years, during which time Collingwood was mooted as the capital of New Zealand.

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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

Knuckle Hill Track (3 hours return)

As would be expected when walking to a lookout the 1.5 hours to the top of he hill is a lot of "up", but the view is worth it. 360 degrees that take in all of Whanganui (Westhaven) Inlet and miles of the Kahurangi National Park. You can even see Farewell Spit in the distance. The first and last hour of the walk are shared with the Kaituna Track ??" the Knuckle Hill walk branches off, and from that point is a steep and rocky trek to the top.

WALKS:
Map: Click here

Rototai, Rangihaeata and Patons Rock

A short scenic loop road from either side of Takaka takes you past the Rototai settlement hidden between the estuaries of the Motupipi and Waitapu rivers.

The estuaries, sand spits and beaches provide ideal environments for an interesting variety of birdlife, including caspian terns, pied oystercatchers, spoonbills and the usually solitary but majestic, white heron.

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DOC Totaranui Camp

DOC Totaranui Camp

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

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

Kaituna Forks Walkway

There are several places in Golden Bay where miners' tracks built last century are being enthusiastically re-used by today's visitors. Turn off the main road at Kaituna Bridge and follow the signs to the modest carpark near the bush edge. From here a well-graded track takes you first to the old Kaituna gold-workings, where water-races, shafts, stacked stones and the odd piece of rusting iron identify a hundred-year-old rush; then the track carries you further into the hills with splendid views o

WALKS:
Map: Click here

The Cobb Valley

The Cobb River flows for twelve kilometres from the lake through a wide, glacier-formed valley set between high mountains. It eventually drains into the artificial Cobb Reservoir, formed 50 years ago when the river was dammed for hydro electricity generation. Below the reservoir, the river rambles for a further eight rather inaccessible kilometres until it joins the Takaka River below the Cobb Powerhouse. This river then winds its way down through the township of Takaka and into the wide expan

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People of the Past - Onekaka

The tiny settlement of Onekaka was once a major industrial area. In the 1920s and 1930s local iron ore was turned into pig-iron and iron pipes at the Onekaka Ironworks and shipped from Onekaka wharf.

Between 1922 and 1935, a total of 81,499 tons of iron, valued at nearly 210,000 pounds, were produced, with up to 180 men being employed. A hydro-electric dam and plant were built in 1929 to provide power for the pipe-making operation.

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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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Westhaven Inlet

One of the highlights of a holiday in Golden Bay has to be the drive along the edge of the vast estuary known as Westhaven, or Whanganui Inlet.

This is the second-largest estuary in the South Island and as well as being a beautiful landscape it is an important fishing and wildlife area.

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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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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.

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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
Email: info@heaphytrackhelp.co.nz

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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Bird Life

Over 112 species of bird have been recorded from the spit, many make use of the shallow tidal waters.

Most spectacular are the 20 odd species of migrant wading birds, which visit in huge numbers.

Up to 27 thousand birds belonging to a single species have been recorded.

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Cobb Valley, Mt Arthur Tableland

Within Kahurangi National Park lies the Arthur Range and its culminating peak, Mt Arthur.

Further to the west is a great uplifted plateau, the Mt Arthur Tableland, and the Cobb Valley.

This region is one of the most interesting in the country for trampers and naturalists with its impressive mountain and bush scenery, remarkable botany and geology, and human stories. The Cobb Valley is one of the gateways to Kahurangi National Park.

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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.

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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

MOUNTAIN BIKE TRAILS: TAKAKA
Phone: 035258352
Email: info@gbcoachlines.co.nz
Web: www.goldenbaycoachlines.co.nz
Book: Click here
Map: Click here

Parapara and Tukurua

A fast developing area of life-style blocks and home businesses, a concentration of artists, crafts-folk, and gardens.

There are accommodation options along this stretch of coast to suit anybody's requirement.

Parapara Beach is a 10 minute drive southeast of Collingwood. At the peak Christmas-New Year period the beach has between 50 and 100 visitors a day.

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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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Mangarakau

Beyond Westhaven there are manuka moorlands to the left, high bluffs to the right. Suddenly there is a scatter of houses, and you are in Mangarakau.

In earlier times there were sawmills and a coal mine but these are gone and the village has shrunk accordingly. However, life is returning to these distant parts. Once prized and exploited for its timber, flax and coal, Mangarakau is now known for its conservation estate; especially the Mangarakau Swamp; the largest wetland in the Nelson Region.

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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.

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Abel Tasman Coastal Track

This popular 3 or 4 day hike wanders along the top of the South Island of New Zealand between blue seas and the green, tree-clad hills.

Abel Tasman Coastal Track is unique among New Zealand's walking tracks in that its 46 km traverse only sea, the bays, cliffs, estuaries and sea hills of Abel Tasman National Park, the entire unroaded coastline between Tasman and Golden Bay.

WALKS: ABEL TASMAN NATIONAL PARK

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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Map: Click here

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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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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People of the Past - Asbestos Cottage

From 1914 this tiny isolated cottage in the Cobb Valley was home to Henry Chaffey and Annie Fox for nearly 40 years. The couple were largely self-sufficient; Henry would hunt deer and goat, and a well tended garden supplied various fruits and vegetables. Four beds have been set up in the tiny
bedroom and the hut is available as accommodation for trampers. It is a 2 hour walk from the Cobb Valley Road.

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One Lane Bridges

There are several one-lane bridges in Golden Bay where vehicles travelling in one direction must give way to vehicles going in the other direction. slow down and check for traffic coming from the other way. The smaller red arrow on a sign indicates which direction has to give way.

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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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Onekaka

This tiny settlement was once a major industrial area.

In the 1920s and 30s local iron ore was turned into pig-iron and iron pipes at the Onekaka Ironworks.

Most of the plant has now been demolished but the last remaining evidence of this optimistic endeavours is also the easiest to get to. Turn down Washbourn Road, drive a short distance to the beach and before you know it you are at the ruins of the Ironworks Wharf.

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Takaka Hill

The climb from Motueka reveals superb views over Tasman Bay to Nelson and beyond, but once the summit of Takaka Hill is crossed, at 791 metres above sea level, Golden Bay suddenly appears with startling beauty.

From Harwood Lookout the zig-zagging highway below leads the eye to the green valley of the Takaka River running north towards the distant sea, while beyond the valley rise the dramatic Tasman Mountains, home to the country's most spectacular alpine meadows.

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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
Map: Click here

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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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

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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Milnthorpe

This is another of those places which doesn't look anything special from the highway, but a leisurely exploration down a side road reveals unsuspected pleasures. Turn down the road marked "Milnthorpe Quay" and you soon find yourself at the old wharf (hopefully to be repaired) with a fine view of the estuary.

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NZ Transport Agency

Road and Travel Info

The Cobb Valley

The Cobb Valley is one of the few places in New Zealand where the visitor can drive into and along, much of a high mountain valley carved by glaciers. There are attractions for everyone, from the most active tramper to the motorist wanting nothing more than a stimulating drive.

The 27km drive from Upper Takaka winds through the impressive Takaka River gorge, through a red and silver beech forest.

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Animals On The Roads

Watch out for farm stock on Golden Bay roads. Slow down and do not sound your horn it may startle them. You may need to stop and let the animals go past or move slowly up behind and follow the farmer's instructions.

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Sharing The Road With Cyclists

Cyclists have the same rights as drivers on New Zealand roads. Always slow down near cyclists, pass slowly and only when safe, and try to leave a space of 1.5 metres. Indicate in plenty of time

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Te Waikoropupu Springs

The water from Te Waikoropupu Springs is slightly salty because of seawater intrusion.

There 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.

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Kotinga and Anatoki

The flat expansive plains around Kotinga where the Anatoki River flows down to meet the Takaka River show a contrasting landscape of open dairy farm paddocks and carefully trimmed shelter belts of nashi and kiwifruit orchards.

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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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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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Dairy Farming

The Bay is ideally suited to dairy farming, with some of the highest annual sunshine hours in the country and rainfall between two and three metres a year. Golden Bay dairy farmers produce 530,000 litres of milk per day in the peak season, and it is processed at the Fonterra Takaka plant.

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Takaka Valley

The descent from the Marble Mountain ends abruptly at the gentle valley floor. To the left is the turn off up to the Cobb Valley, one of the gateways to the Kahurangi National Park. The main road follows down the valley hugging the base of the Pikikiruna Range. The "Marble Mountain" is a colloquial name as it is the source of New Zealand's only quality marble rock.

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Unsealed Roads

If you need to drive on unsealed roads, reduce your speed to below 40-50km/h and slow down even further when approaching oncoming traffic as dust could obscure your vision and loose stones could chip your windscreen or those of approaching vehicles.

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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

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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People of the Past

Tamati Pirimona Marino was a chief at Aorere when the New Zealand Company first visited. He signed the Treaty of Waitangi and is buried at the Old Collingwood Cemetery. Fred Tyree was a pioneer photographer who recorded the early days of European settlement. His exceptional black and white images are on display at Aorere Centre, Collingwood.

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Collingwood

Overtaking

You must not cross a solid yellow line that is on your side of the centre line to pass a vehicle, as the solid yellow line indicates it's too dangerous.

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Collingwood Cemetery 1857 to 1895

People who enjoy rambling through historic cemeteries and reading stories of flooks, epidemics, shipwrecks and other trials of early colonial life from the headstones should set aside some time to visit the Old Collingwood Cemetery, whose ornate wrought-iron fences and crumbling gravemakers are scattered on a rocky hillslope beside what was once the coach-road to the goldfields.

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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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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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Clifton

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

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.

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Labyrinth Rocks Park

has been developed as an enchanting family attraction and they are 2 kilometres from Takaka on the way to Pohara. Nature has produced a maze-like network of canyons through a limestone outcrop.

TAKAKA TOWNSHIP:

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

Farewell Spit History

Cape Farewell and Farewell Spit were noted by Tasman in 1642 and named by Cook when he left New Zealand in 1770.

The first lighthouse on this unusually interesting site was finished in 1870. In those days, much of the spit was invisible to ships at high tide, so one keeper, Mr Harwood, brought back two saddle bags of soil on each of his trips for supplies.

The macrocarpas and pines he planted form an oasis which is conspicuous seaward and is almost as valuable as the light itself.

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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.

Ligar Bay

has a safe golden sandy beach and shady picnic spots.

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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

History

In 1842, Surveyor Tuckett found three Europeans living near the pa at the mouth of the Aorere River. They were building a trading vessel. The tiny settlement was first named Gibbstown after an influential resident but later the name was changed to Collingwood, honouring Nelson's second-in-command at Trafalgar.

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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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Farewell Spit

New Zealand's longest sandspit stretches from Fossil Point, 1.6km east of Puponga, for 35km across the entrance to Golden Bay, the breakwater for a safe all weather anchorage.

The spit is formed entirely from sand, derived from the erosion of granites, schists and other rocks on the West Coast, which is transported northwards by coastal drift and is gradually filling Golden Bay from the north.

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