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Activities

Golden Bay, the perfect playground for outdoor lovers!

On land…

Walking & tramping
The walking opportunities are almost endless with a great variation in time, scenery and difficulty. Located in the heart of two National Parks, Pohara Beach is the perfect place to start your journey. On the secure My Stay webpage of our site, each guest has access to our guestbook detailing all the walking options in the Bay. And as a keen tramper, may of course not miss out on The Bay Walk, our fully catered 4-day walking adventure in Golden Bay and the Abel Tasman National Park

Guided tours
Our Bay Photo Tour is an exclusive day experience for lodge guests only. Filip will show you the most amazing photo locations in the Bay and adapt the tour to your personal interest. With his long career as professional photographer and tour guide, he will unveil all his secret & photogenic places and give you an insight in the rich and colorful history of the Bay.
Or take part in our Sandspit 4×4 tour adventure to discover the longest sandspit in the world (34km). An experienced tour guide will introduce you to the unreal world of Farewell Spit where the wind and the tides have shaped the landscape in a unique way.

Mountain biking
More and more bike enthusiasts are discovering the fantastic bike trails in Golden Bay. One of the most popular ones is the Rameka track linking the top of Takaka Hill with the Motupipi Valley. We can provide all biking material and transport to or from the tracks.

Horse trekking
Ride over tidal flats and feel the wind in your face as you ride over the cliff tops of one of the most amazing panoramas over Farewell Spit and the wild coastline of the Tasman Sea. The tracks can be ridden at a leisurely pace or a bit faster if you want some more excitement in your ride. More info

Golf
For golf lovers our village is offering a beautiful and challenging nine-hole golf course with beautiful views over the Bay, the tidal estuary and the mountains. Only a five minute drive from our Lodge.

In the air…

Scenic Flights
On a nice day a scenic flight over the Nature Reserve of Farewell Spit, Golden Bay and the surrounding National Parks is an unforgettable experience. Or even better… let us surprise you with a fascinating visit to the Abel Tasman National Park during our exclusive Fly/Walk Tasman Experience.

On the water…

Sea kayaking
Escape the congestion of the South and paddle the Northern Abel Tasman Coast to experience the Park the way it used to be: spectacular and uncrowded. Float along the Tata Islands with shag colonies and awesome rock formations or cruise into the Wainui lagoon and along golden sandy beaches. Some playful dolphins or seals may cross your path… Our Sea Kayaking Experience is the perfect introduction into this.

Fishing
There are a wide range of fishing opportunities in the Golden Bay area. Feel the thrill at the Anatoki Salmon Farm where everybody is able to savour the fresh flavour of their catch, straight from the pristine clarity of the Anatoki River. Those looking for a bigger challenge will find some good anglers’ accesses along trout fishing rivers.
If you want to participate in a guided fishing trip in the Bay, we can make a booking for you with our local skipper Leigh. As third generation commercial fisherman, Leigh is specialized in small fishing groups, which enables you to have one to one guidance on catching your fish of the day.

Scenic cruises
Take a water taxi from Marahau or Kaiteriteri and cruise along the coastline of the Abel Tasman National Park. Visit our sensational sandy beaches and walk/cruise to Totaranui or Wainui where we will pick you up for the transfer to our Lodge. Our Fly/Walk Experience guarantees you an unforgettable day on and off the water.

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