Golden Bay is tucked into the northwest corner of the South Island of New Zealand. This popular holiday destination provides an endless variety of things to see and do, from enjoying picture perfect beaches, Kayaking pristine waters, through to walks through spectacular National Parks or fishing tranquil rivers. There's something for everyone.
If you are looking for the ideal accommodation to explore this region, be sure to visit the Bachcare website, where you can instantly book a range of self-catered holiday homes online. A holiday home is a great place to base yourself for your stay, providing space, privacy, comfort, and great value for money!
So come and see what the extraordinary Golden Bay has to offer, but be warned you may never want to leave!
WALKING & HIKING - The Golden Bay area has an outstanding variety of walks and hikes to enjoy, whether it is an easy walk along the beach or a multi day hike through the National parks there is something for all abilities to appreciate.
Some highlights to mention: Wharariki Beach Walking Track - From the car park at the end of Wharariki Road, it is a 20 to 30-minute walk to Wharariki Beach. The best time to visit is at low tide, when you can walk the length of the beach past enormous sand dunes, rugged rocks and stunning scenery. Markers will lead you to Cape Farewell where you can watch out for seals on the beach and explore the rock pools.
Take a stroll through native forest to Te Waikoropupu Springs – New Zealand’s largest freshwater springs, and home of the clearest spring water in the world. The gentle walk through gorgeous native bush will lead you to the springs, however to local Māori, Te Waikoropupū Springs are a taonga (treasure) and wāhi tapu, a place held in high cultural and spiritual regard. This means that the springs are off limits to all forms of contact, including fishing, swimming, diving, wading, boating and drinking the water, to safeguard water quality and to respect cultural values.
The Heaphy Track - The Heaphy Track is located in the Kahurangi National Park and is one of New Zealand’s most popular walks. The 82-kilometre Heaphy Track takes you on a journey through lush native forests, across tussock clearings and alongside riverbanks and coastal paths. There are a variety of walking options from 2-day walks through to 5-day walks. You can start the track either from Brown Hut in Golden Bay or from Kohaihai on the West Coast. It's not a circuit track. Along the way keep your eyes open for the great spotted kiwi, New Zealand weka and other New Zealand native wildlife. It will be an experience to tick off the bucket list.
ANATOKI SALMON - Discover this unique fishing experience on the banks of the Anatoki River between Kahurangi and Abel Tasman National Park. Your salmon fishing experience is made easy for you, all you have to do is come and ask for your fishing gear, find your perfect spot and relax next to the gorgeous lake and wait to get that perfect catch of Chinook Salmon. The fishing gear is free to use, and you only have to pay for what you catch. The lovely people at Anatoki Salmon will smoke your fish for you and you can eat it there or take it home fresh for the BBQ or even have it vacuum packed. Anatoki Salmon is open every day (except Christmas Day) and is a fun experience for all ages.
GOLDEN BAY KAYAKS - based at Tata Beach, Golden Bay Kayaks rents kayaks for hour-long paddles, or multi-day adventures of Abel Tasman National Park. Kayaking is a fun way to explore the stunning beauty of the Abel Tasman National Park, which is renowned as one of the top 10 kayaking destinations in the world. The northern end of the park is known to be the quieter and most picturesque end of the park, and discovering the area by kayak will be a most memorable lifetime experience.
EXPLORE CAVES - The Golden Bay area has some fascinating and interesting caves to discover.
Ngarua Caves - Explore the magnificent Ngarua Caves and view the amazing variety of spectacular stalagmites and stalactites. There is also an interesting skeletal display of the extinct moa; the kids will love to see. On your drive to the caves that are located on Takaka Hill, you will be treated to stunning views of Tasman Bay and the surrounding Karst landscape. The caves are a delight for all ages, and are open all year round, however bookings are required during the winter months (June-Sept.) Light refreshments are available or you are welcome to bring your own picnic.
Rawhiti Cave - The rugged walkway to Rawhiti Cave is a bit of a challenge but it will reward you with beautiful New Zealand nature along the way to the cave, which demonstrates some fantastic stalactites as well as a series of large, old stalagmites that are growing towards the entrance of the cave. Many have raved at how awesome these caves are.
Te Anaroa Caves - These easy to access caves are a safe way to explore and enjoy this underground experience. Te Anaroa Caves tour will delight visitors of all ages, where you will get to see, fossilised shellfish, Glow Worms as well as impressive ancient stalactites and stalagmites. This is a great adventure for all the family.
FAREWELL SPIT - Come and experience one of New Zealand’s most remote and spectacular locations. The unspoiled landscape is a great place to see native wildlife such as New Zealand Fur Seals and Australasian Gannets, be wowed by the breathtaking panoramic views of rugged cliffs, the sweeping ocean and even the snow-topped peak of Mt Taranaki in New Zealand’s North Island may be seen. You can also learn about the Lighthouse se and walk around while the century old Lighthouse keeper's house. The tours available offer fantastic day trips where the passionate guides will make sure you get the most from your experience.
WAINUI FALLS - One of the most impressive and beautiful waterfalls in Abel Tasman National Park. The walk to the Wainui Falls is a 1 hour return walk, through a stunning forest of rata trees, nikau palms and native ferns taking you across the river via a suspension bridge to where you can marvel at the magnificent falls.
Golden Bay has such an extraordinary natural environment with so many wonderful experiences to enjoy, making it an appealing holiday destination for all those who love the outdoors.
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