Top 10 things for backpackers to do in Golden Bay

Take a couple of days to experience the wonders Golden Bay has to offer. Referred to by locals as "the heart of the parks" you will soon see why!

1. Discover the incredible rock formations at the wild Wharariki Beack, by foot or on Horseback

2. View some of the clearest water ever recorded at Te Waikoropupu (Pupu) Springs

3. Mountain Bike the Rameka Track

4. Take a tour of the Ngarua Caves and see a full Moa skeleton and amazing stalagmite and stalactites

5. Jump on a scenic flight from Takaka airfield over Abel Tasman, Farewell Spit and Kahurangi National Park to see why Golden Bay is considered the "heart of the parks" 

6. Stroll through the lush native bush on the Kaituna Walk, or venture as far as you wish, into the start if the Heaphy Track in the Kahurangi National Park. Stop in at the Naked Possum for a quick bite and refreshments before or after your walk

7. Hand feed the famous eels at Bencarri Farm, then go next door to Anatoki Salmon where you can catch your own salmon and have it smoked with your choice of herbs and spices

8. Go climbing at Paynes Ford, home to some of the best limestone crag climbing in Australasia

9.Experience Golden Bay's thriving art community in more than 35 art galleries and museums

10. Try an onsite brew and some live music at the Mussel Inn, or drop into Schnapp Dragon Distillery to try one of the local liquers. From Schnapps to Tequila

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