Golden Bay, New Zealand
Golden Bay is nestled into the South Island’s north-west corner, and is a diverse and appealing holiday destination.
Mix of nature
A chain of steep and rugged mountains cuts its fertile river plains and valleys from the rest of the island. A region with endless variety, where golden beaches, alpine valleys and tranquil fishing rivers share a close proximity with the sea.
The Bay’s wonderful outdoor environment attracts regular summer holiday makers year after year, but an increasing number of discerning visitors are discovering that the area can be enjoyed all year round!
Te Waikoropupu Springs
1km from us: 'Pupu Springs' are the largest freshwater springs in Australasia and reputedly the clearest in the world. About 14,000 litres of water per second surges from underground vents, creating 'dancing sands' and swirling curious plantlife throughout colourful pools. Retrace as well an old gold-mining water race by walking the Pupu Hydro Walk.
1 hour drive: Wharariki Beach boast one of the most superlative coastal landscapes found anywhere, where the actions of wind and wave have resulted in massive rock and sand dune formations. Nature in his wild and rugged version. Enjoy for hours the beautiful sceneries on foot or by horse, you don't even have to be very lucky to spot puppy seals here! Loving the beach life? Tata beach is just 5minutes from our place.
45min drive: Cape Farewell is the most northerly point on the South Island. Discovered by Abel Tasman, it was the last land seen by his crew as they departed on the ship's homeward voyage. The bird sanctuary, Farewell Spit, stretches more than 30 kilometres into the Tasman Sea and is an area of outstanding natural beauty. The Maori name for the spit is Onetahua, meaning 'heaped up sand'. Except of all the birds, you might spot whales begin of the year!
Of course Golden Bay has so much more to offer! Knowing the area well, we will be glad to advice you about things to see and to do on your trip.