50 people found this article useful

10 Golden Bay Must-Dos

BackpackerGuide.NZ

“Rock” out in Golden Bay!

The only way into Golden Bay over the ‘Marble Mountain’ is just a taste of what the district is all about! Many wild and whacky rock formations are scattered from land to sea, from the picture perfect arch seen from Wharariki Beach to the limestone outcrops found in the forests of ‘The Grove’ and Labyrinth Rocks Park. This landscape really looks like something from a fairytale – yet another place in New Zealand which makes you ask: “Is this real?!”

Golden Bay has good connections with the neighbouring Abel Tasman National Park, known for it’s golden beaches and lush forests. Exploring the coast and taking the inland tracks are a must-do in this less travelled area of the national park.

So get your camera and get stuck into Golden Bay and its must-do sights and activities!

XE - Money Transfer

1. Horse trek, run, walk or just do whatever the hell you want on Wharariki Beach!

With so many rock formations in one place, Wharariki Beach could be the most adventurous beaches in New Zealand. You can discover caves and stacks, all while taking in the awesome arch seen just off the coast, which has become the icon of Golden Bay.

Location: From Puponga, take the 7km gravel Whakariki Road to the end where the walk is signposted from the car park.
BackpackerGuide.NZ

2. See some of the clearest water in the world

Water doesn’t get much clearer than Te Waikoropupu Springs! It’s better than tap water. Better known as Pupu Springs, find this sight in the Takaka Valley.

Location: Take State Highway 60 north from Takaka and turn onto Pupu Valley Road then Pupu Springs Road.
BackpackerGuide.NZ

3. Walk to Wainui Falls

Venture through farmland, forest and riverside on this 30-minute walk to the majestic Wainui Falls. Start this walk from the Wainui Bay car park.

Location: Wainui Falls is about 20km from Takaka. Head to Wainui Bay on Abel Tasman Drive and turn only Wainui Falls Road which is well-signposted.
 Insertcleverphrasehere on Wikipedia

4. Discover The Grove

The Grove Scenic Reserve, or as the locals know it, The Grove, is a small forested area hidden high above Golden Bay with strange limestone features to discover. There’s also a lookout to get another perspective of Golden Bay. To find The Grove, from Takaka take Abel Tasman Drive and turn right onto Clifton Road and climb the hills.

Location: From Takaka, take the Abel Tasman Drive to Clifton then take Clifton Road to the signposted The Grove Scenic Reserve. 8.5km from Takaka.
BackpackerGuide.NZ

5. Go rock climbing in Paynes Ford

Choose from 240 routes on this limestone crag climbing area near Takaka. Gear hire, guides and transport is available from Takaka.

Location: Entrance to Payne’s Ford is 3km south of Takaka at 1886 State Highway 60.
Pixabay

6. Explore Farewell Spit

The longest sand spit in New Zealand extends from Golden Bay. Explore the ever shifting sand dunes and see the amazing array of birdlife and seals either with a tour guide or out on the walking tracks. See more arch rock formations at Cape Farewell, too!

Location: From Takaka, follow State Highway 60 all the way north to Farewell Spit.
Backpackerguide.NZ

7. Kayak in Abel Tasman National Park

The northern end of the park, renowned for its pristine beaches, can be accessed from Tata Beach. Hire a kayak or take a tour to do the Abel Tasman National Park‘s most-loved activity.

Location: Tata Beach
BackpackerGuide.Nz

8. Run around like a child at Labyrinth Rocks Park

Let your imagination run wild while you run wild through this maze-like park. Natural rock sculptures and forest make up this 3km journey through the park.

Location: From Takaka, take Abel Tasman Drive and turn off down Scott Road where the entrance to the Labyrinth Rocks is pretty obvious. 4km from Takaka.
BackpackerGuide.Nz

9. Mountain bike the Rameka Track

A trail well worth doing in the Golden Bay and Abel Tasman area. Discover hidden forests and limestone features in the Abel Tasman National Park. Emerge into Takaka on this one day single track. You can get transport and bike hire from Takaka. Find out more in Mountain Biking in Nelson Tasman.

Location: On Takaka Hill, take the Canaan Downs Road for 11km until you reach the car park. From there, follow the track for about 1km until you reach a sign for the Rameka Track.
nut.in.a.hut on Wikipedia

10. Fish and feast on Salmon

Fish for fresh salmon at Anatoki Salmon and have it prepared any way you like right on the spot in their cafe.

Location: McCallum Road, Takaka

BackpackerGuide.NZ

Videos About Golden Bay

DEALS
Was this article useful? Useful Useless
Help other travellers, share this article now:
Pin
Base Hostels

Most Popular Videos

Anchor Motel & Timaru Backpackers
South Island Hostels

5 Best Backpacker Hostels in Timaru

Where to say in Timaru on a budget? Get off the beaten [...]

Pixabay
Holidays

5 Places to Visit in Spring in New Zealand

Where to visit in Spring in New Zealand? It would be a [...]

XE - Money Transfer
Hot on Backpacker Guide
North Island Regions
BackpackerGuide.NZ

Lake Taupo – Guide for Backpackers

Rapids, hot pools, giant lakes: have a water adventure in Lake Taupo. […]

Wildlife
THL

Where to See Glow Worms in New Zealand

6 Different ways to see Glow worms in New Zealand. New Zealand […]

North Island
alh1 on Flickr

10 Fun Things to Do in Levin

Levin activities YOU CAN’T miss! Levin is a large characterful town that’s […]

We use cookies to understand how you use our site and to improve your experience. This includes personalizing content and advertising. To learn more, click here. By continuing to use our site, you accept our use of cookies, revised Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.
I accept

Menu