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Golden Bay / Mohua | The best things to see ๐Ÿ‘€ and do ๐Ÿ‘

Anyone that makes the effort to get to the northwest corner of the South Island will instantly feel spoiled by the warmth of the locals, the relaxed vibe and the diverse scenery within a short drive from wherever you decide to stay. Detouring off the main tourist routes purposefully pays off in this region. To give you a taste of what to expect from your visit to Golden Bay / Mohua, here's an overview of great itinerary ideas we've collated for you.


Before you lay eyes on absolutely gorgeous Golden Bay / Mohua at the top of New Zealand's South Island you'll enjoy an amazingly scenic road journey as you climb Takaka Hill. Travel to this huge sandy bay famous for its scallops and the lengthy Farewell Spit.

Highlights can include:

  • catch your own lunch, smoke your fish to perfection, and then feast on Anatoki Salmon freshly caught from the chinook salmon farm ๐ŸŽฃ๐Ÿ‘ช

  • coastal hills form a dramatic backdrop to the beautiful Kaihoka Lakes which are easily combined with time spent at Westhaven / Whanganui Inlet an estuary offering breathtaking scenery whether the tide is in or out ๐Ÿ‘Ÿ๐Ÿš

  • Golden Bay Kayaks are at the quiet end of the Abel Tasman National Park and provide awesome guided tours, freedom kayaking and SUP hire from Tata Beach ๐Ÿ›ถ

  • see some of the clearest water ever measured when you walk to Te Waikoropupลซ Springs are the largest freshwater springs in the Southern Hemisphere ๐Ÿ‘Ÿ๐Ÿ’ง

  • In places the Kahurangi National Park is an untracked wilderness, elsewhere the wonderful Heaphy Track lets you explore by foot or mountainbike wild rivers, high plateaux, alpine herbfields and coastal forests ๐Ÿž๏ธ๐Ÿ‘Ÿ๐Ÿšต

  • a short walk through lush native bush leads to the cascading Wainui Falls where the highlight for children will be the long swing bridge ๐Ÿ‘Ÿ๐Ÿ“ธ๐Ÿ‘ช

  • vital to our migratory birds Farewell Spit is a bird sanctuary and wetland of international importance, being more strictly protected than a national park - visitors can view this special place on a guided tour that explores this intriguing reserve ๐Ÿฆ๐Ÿš

  • a maze of pathways through limestone rock formations at Labyrinth Rocks Park can be fun, especially for geologists and children with big imaginations - you never know whats lurking around the corner ๐Ÿ‘Ÿ๐Ÿ‘ช

  • a beach doesn't get more idyllic than the clear waters and golden sands of Tata Beach and Totaranui Beach, so take your time and linger for longer ๐Ÿš ๐Ÿ–๏ธ

  • the challenging drive over the crest of Takaka Hill will have many celebrating that they made it to the summit - the lookout offers a breathtaking vista that's well worth a moment to settle the potential nausea ๐Ÿš—๐Ÿ“ธ

  • experienced horse riders will enjoy the physically challenging fabulous trek to Wharariki Beach where you work as a team with your horse provided by Cape Farewell Horse Treks ๐Ÿด

  • becoming more and more insta-famous, much photographed Wharariki Beach is a wonderfully remote natural wonder flanked by the Archway Islands rising from the sea ๐Ÿ“ธ๐Ÿ‘Ÿ๐Ÿš

GOLDEN BAY AT A GLANCE ๐Ÿ›๏ธ minimum 2 night stay recommended ๐Ÿ“… visit any time of year

๐Ÿ“ย 4 out of 10 international visitors include Golden Bay in their New Zealand itinerary

๐ŸŒฆ๏ธ there is a chance of rain 3.5 days each week on average each year

๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿ‘ฆโ€๐Ÿ‘ฆ Family fun can easily be found here but aren't always obvious - bush walks, beach time etc ๐Ÿฝ๏ธ Food + Wineย experiences in this region were often mentioned as a highlight ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆ LGBTQI+ friendly ๐Ÿ‘

This part of New Zealand is home to:

Largest cities: Takaka

Other popular places: Collingwood, Farewell Spit, Onekaka, Kahurangi National Park, Pohara, Tata Beach, Te Waikoropupu Springs, Whanganui Inlet, Wharariki Beach, Patons Rock and more...

Accessible by:

๐Ÿš— self-drive on a road trip

โœˆ๏ธ board a plane to land at Takaka Aerodrome (KTF)

๐ŸšŒ take a bus from Coastal Tasman or Nelson City

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