As part of the Nelson region in New Zealand, Golden Bay is known for its unbeatable summer weather and stunning landscapes. Caught between unspoiled coastlines and the wilderness of the Kahurangi National Park, Golden Bay makes the perfect destination for nature-lovers, hikers and surfers alike. If you're planning a visit there this summer, here are just a few activities you and your family can try.
Kahurangi National Park features the popular Heaphy Track through to Karamea on the West Coast, and the Wangapeka. You can also reach the Abel Tasman Coast track from Golden Bay - another must-try hike for keen trampers. Or if you're keen to go a step further, take tour through the Te Anaroa Caves in Rockville to see the fossils, stalagmites, stalactites and glowworms.
Swim in freshwater springs
Golden Bay features a number of crystal-clear freshwater springs (said to be the world's clearest) at Te Waikoropupu (Pupu) Springs and Farewell Spit, the northern-most tip of the South Island. To get there, just book a tour - they depart daily from Collingwood. It's well worth the trip! Or if you're a fan of waterfalls, take a dip at Wainui Falls. Just a 30 minute walk from Wainui Bay, 20km north-east from Takaka, will get you there.
Catch an Anatoki Salmon
Take a day trip up to the Anatoki River to see the animals and eels at Bencarri Farm Park. Anatoki Salmon will even hot-smoke your fish if you manage to make a catch!
For more information visit www.anatokisalmon.co.nz
Explore the scenic coastlines
Try kayaking the northern end of the Abel Tasman National Park for an incredible view, or take a scenic coastal drive past the massive limestone cliffs at Tarakohe, to the golden sands of Ligar Bay and Tata Beach - two of Golden Bay's best and safest swimming spots. Wharariki Beach is another popular destination in Golden Bay - known for its high cliffs, arches, caves, rock bridges, massive sand dunes, fur-seals and seabirds.
Visit the Golden Bay cafés and restaurants
Golden Bay is home to a number of small cafes, restaurants and bars. If you only dine out once while you're visiting, make sure you stop by the infamous Mussel Inn, where you can enjoy an apple cider or Manuka beer with a steaming plate of fresh mussels.
Visit the neighbouring national parks
Golden Bay is close to two national parks. Kahurangi National Park is said to contain more than 1,200 native plant species (50% of all of New Zealand's native plants and a massive 80% of all alpine species), making it the most diverse botanical area in the country. The Abel Tasman National Park was founded in 1942, and is the smallest of New Zealand's national parks. Known for its golden beaches, sculptured granite cliffs, and the world-famous coast track, it's a beautiful destination for lovers of New Zealand scenery.
For more information about these national parks, please visit www.doc.govt.nz
During your visit to Golden Bay, you'll find friendly, comfortable accommodation at Kiwi Holiday Parks at Tukurua Beach.