There’s so much to do in Golden Bay that’s free. We are on the beach in the centre of Golden Bay, the perfect place for exploring the many local natural delights. The places in this selection are all free to go and enjoy at your leisure and are within an hour of the campsite.
The Archway Rocks are on Wharariki Beach. Once at the beach head off to the left; the arches show themselves once you are a few hundred meters along.
To get there drive through Collingwood following signs to Farewell Spit, then at Puponga turn inland following signs to Wharariki Beach and carry on to the car park at the end of the road. It’s about 50 minutes drive to the car park. From the Car Park to The Archway Rocks is about 30 minutes.
Cape Farewell is the northernmost point in the South Island. The name was given by James Cook as this is where he bade ‘farewell’ to New Zealand on his way to Australia.
It is about 45 minutes drive from the campsite. Drive through Collingwood following signs to Farewell Spit, then at Puponga following signs to Wharariki Beach. After about 6 km you will see “Cape Farewell” signposted on your right.
It is a 5-minute walk from the parking area to the viewing platform. For the more energetic the walks along the cliffs to either side of the viewing area are magnificent.
To get to the Waikoropupu Springs (Pupu Springs) head towards Takaka turning right immediately before the bridge over the Takaka River. Continue for about 4km then follow the sign onto the springs on the left.
There’s a well-made loop track to the springs which is suitable for all. It’s about 20 minutes drive to the car park and then 20 minutes walking time around the loop track.
The Langford Store at Bainham
The historic Langford store has been owned by the same family since 1928, and not much has changed. It is a 20-minute drive from the campsite. Head out of Collingwood towards Farewell Spit, then follow signs to the Heaphy Track. This will take you past the store.
Enjoy a pot of tea or an espresso coffee served with sublime sweet treats. Soak up the sunshine and the tranquillity of the surrounding scenery whilst you write a postcard home or just rest a moment with friends.
The Heaphy Track
The start of the Heaphy Track is 36 km from the campsite. You can leave your valuables securely with us while you do the walk and return. Leave us a message if you need help planning your transport to and from the start and end of the track.
Farewell Spit extends over 30km from its start at Puponga. Walking access is limited to 4km along the spit, but the walk of 4km along the Golden Bay side, across to the ocean side, and back again is a full day’s excursion. Be sure to take water and sun protection. There’s a shorter walk that will see you on the ocean side in about 30 minutes.
The Farewell Spit car park is a 50-minute drive from the campsite. Follow the signs from Collingwood. There are several good walks in this area.
Takaka Township was founded in 1854 and is the main business, service, and shopping centre for Golden Bay. It has everything that a small provincial town requires, including a major supermarket, petrol stations, liquor outlets, and a post office.
A stroll down the main street reveals the active and well-recognised arts and crafts community. There is a wide range of accommodation and a good selection of restaurants and cafés.
The Wainui Falls car park is about 20 minutes from Takaka. Leave Takaka, heading through Pohara and Tarakohe, and keep going on the road. Wainui Falls is signposted on your right.
The walk to the falls is about 30 minutes each way and only a modest incline on a good track.
The tramline track at Paynes Ford is an easy stroll along the banks of the Takaka River. The track is level as it follows the route of the tramway that ran between East Takaka and the Waitapu wharf.
To get to the car park, leave Takaka, heading for Takaka Hill. The car park is on your left after about 3km.
The Grove scenic reserve is an unexpected pocket of green nikau palms and limestone gullies, hidden above the farmland at Clifton. It is a 30-minute return walk to the lookout and is suitable for all ages.
Leave Takaka on Abel Tasman Drive, heading towards Pohara. Look for the sign on the right after 7 km.
Abel Tasman National Park
The start of the famous Abel Tasman track is 30 mins from Takaka, through Pohara and around Wainui Bay. Look for the sign on your left showing the start of the Abel Tasman Track and follow it to the car park.
There are good walks over the tops to Wharawharangi, or around the beaches. If you are going to Taupo Point then be aware that you need the low tide to get there without using the high tide hill track.