Takaka & Golden Bay
A nature lover’s paradise, there is just one road in and out of Golden Bay, and those who travel over the ‘Marble Mountain’ or Takaka Hill, are richly rewarded by sweeping views of rugged mountains, fertile valleys and stunning beaches. Base yourself in the townships of Takaka or Collingwood and take your time to explore this unique region.
At the northern-most tip of the South Island is the remarkable 35km long Farewell Spit – this is the largest sand spit in the world and is designated as a Wetland of International Importance. It is home to more than 90 species of wading and migratory birds.
Base yourself in the townships of Takaka or Collingwood and take your time to explore this unique region. There is a wide range of accommodation on offer to suit your needs. Golden Bay is the Gateway to the Kahurangi National Park, where you can walk or mountain bike the Heaphy Track.
The stunning nikau palms contrast with the subalpine grasses and the wild west coast – an area of breath-taking natural beauty.
Top Tips for Visitors
- Spend some time in Takaka township taking in the local café culture or venture further afield to The Mussel Inn and Naked Possum cafes.
- Experience Golden Bay’s thriving art community with more than 35 art galleries and museum.
- Take a 30 minute bush walk at Te Waikoropupu Springs to see some of the clearest fresh springwaters ever measured, teeming with life.
- Discover the incredible rock formations at wild wind-swept Wharariki Beach – by foot or on horseback.
- Spend a day discovering the unique Farewell Spit.
- Take a scenic walk to The Grove or Wainui Falls*.
- Picnic on the banks of the Anatoki River and catch your own salmon.
- Go rock climbing at Paynes Ford – home to some of the best limestone crag climbing in Australasia.
- Mountain bike the Rameka Track and in winter, the Heaphy Track.
- Take a scenic helicopter ride with Reid Helicopters or Tasman Helicopters, over the remarkable karst landscape of the ‘Marble Mountain’.
- Have a Hobbit’s Holiday - visit the Middle-earth filming locations of Chetwood Forest at Canaan Downs, Ngarua Caves or Salisbury Falls.
* Wainui Falls has been identified by Department of Conservation as a Short Walk - well worth the visit.