• Kahurangi National Park
  • Rawhiti Caves in Golden Bay
  • The Heaphy Track


  • By car: 2 hr from Nelson
  • By car: 1 hr from Abel Tasman National Park

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Collingwood is the northern gateway to Kahurangi National Park and the bird sanctuary of Farewell Spit. In every direction, the environment is amazing.

Situated at the western end of State Highway 60, Collingwood is a quiet town, but there’s plenty to do if you love nature. From here you can launch yourself onto the Heaphy Track in the Kahurangi National Park or catch an eco-tour to the bird sanctuary of Farewell Spit.

It’s easy to rent a mountain bike to explore beautiful Aorere Valley, or a kayak to paddle around Ruataniwha Inlet. Other local activities include studying minerals at Rockville, horse treks along Wharariki Beach, where there’s a seal colony or visiting the Rawhiti Caves in Golden Bay - which are well worth the walk. Perched as it is on the edge of Golden Bay, Collingwood is a place to enjoy scallops. 

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