Welcome to paradise!
With only one road in, our piece of paradise is well worth the scenic drive over Takaka Hill. From the first glimpse on top of our Marble Mountain you will get a ‘Wow’ factor: impressive limestone outcrops, sweeping views, sandy golden beaches, rivers full of fish, native bush, caves and natural springs. Name it, and we have it! Feel welcome to Mohua – Golden Bay, one of New Zealand’s best kept secrets!
A small summary of our world class attractions:
Pohara Beach, Tata Beach & Wainui Bay
Pohara and Tata Beach are the two main holiday centres of Golden Bay. Both have wonderful sandy beaches with lots of easy swimming and walking options. They are quiet but popular centres for surfing, blokarting, kayaking and water skiing. The Tata Islands, with their steep limestone cliffs, archways and seabird colony, are a popular destination for kayakers. Nearby Wainui Bay is real worldclass for kitesurfing. Hire equipment is available.
Abel Tasman National Park
This National Park is world famous for its golden beaches, sculpted granite cliffs and popular great walk. The forested coastal hills, inlets and tropical beaches are the perfect scenery for day 2 of our Bay Walk. There is free road access and walking tracks to suit all levels of fitness. The Golden Bay side of the Park is also the quietest and wildest with undeniably life-long memories for each visitor!
Te Waikoropupu Springs
This is with no doubt Golden Bay’s most famous attraction. The cold freshwater springs are the largest in the Southern Atmosphere and contain some of the clearest water ever measured on earth! A real heaven for nature and photo lovers accessible by an easy loop walk and full of spiritual and mystical value.
Wharariki Beach is a photographer’s paradise well-known for the Archway Islands almost indispensable in every New Zealand landscape calendar. It is also one of the desktop wallpapers on Windows 10 and ranked by National Geographic as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. So what are you waiting for? The seal puppies are waiting for you!
Farewell Spit Nature Reserve
Over 112 species of birds have been recorded on this sandspit with more than 20 species of migrant wading birds. This birdwatching paradise is also New Zealand’s longest sandspit with a length of 35km. The sand dunes and the hilltop walk are the magnificent décor of day 1 of The Bay Walk, our three day fully catered walking adventure starting from our Lodge.
The walk to the falls is only 40min but probably our most beautiful bushwalk in the Bay. A great suspension bridge adds for a bit of adventure and the sound of rushing water is all around you during the track. The falls are the most impressive and beautiful waterfalls in the Abel Tasman National Park with a high spiritual value, amazing swim holes, cosy river beaches and towering rata trees.
The Grove & Milnthorpe Scenic Reserves
The Grove is only a short drive from our lodge and an easy 20 minute loop walk which winds through narrow limestone canyons abundant with unique rata trees and nikau palms. Milnthorpe Scenic Reserve is another hidden gem of Golden Bay with numerous artworks in the bush and a remote beach you can only dream off. On both places you will be serenaded by native birds and an unparalleled natural beauty.
Locals will tell you: It’s just a hill, get over it! But we admit, reaching the summit of Takaka Hill at 791 metres above sea level can be a bit of a challenge for some. But all quick forgotten once you see the beautiful Tasman mountains and Golden Bay appears with startling beauty! For those who like more heart-stopping moments there is the unsealed road to the Lord of the Rings site near Canaan, the 183m deep Harwood’s Hole or a visit to the skeleton filled Ngarua caves.
The Cobb Valley is one of the few places in New Zealand where visitors can drive into and along, a high mountain valley carved by glaciers and filled with red and silver beech. The 27km long drive offers attractions for everyone, from the most active tramper to the motorist just wanting nothing more than a scenic drive.
Unknown territory for many but a real hidden gem with a soft adventure drive along the edge of the Westhaven estuary or Whanganui Inlet. This is the second-largest estuary in the South Island and as well as being a beautiful landscape it is an important fishing and wildlife area.
This famous and popular mountain bike track follows one of the earliest surveyed routes into the Takaka Valley and runs from Canaan to Central Takaka. It is thrill seaking terrain for mountain bike lovers with the perfect mix of adventure, views and attractions. Nearby Harwood’s Hole is surely worth the side trip! Bikes can be rented locally and transport to/from the track is available on request.
Anatoki Salmon Farm, Choco Loco & Mussel Inn Cafe
Anatoki Salmon Fishing is one of our top attractions! Here you can catch your very own fresh salmon and have it ready to eat on the spot, smoked and prepared the way you prefer! Chocolate lovers should visit Choco Loco with their award-winning handmade chocolates! The Mussel Inn Café is another true icon and best known for its authenticity and couleur locale. Their Captain Cooker beer is a must try!
Dancing Sands & Kiwi Sprit distilleries
Happy enough there is more than beer in the Bay… For those into a higher alcohol percentage, we can recommend our two local distilleries: Dancing Sands & Kiwi Spirit. Make yourself ready for delicious tastings of New Zealand made whisky, gin, vodka, lime and tangelo liqueurs with one nice excuse: the aquifer that feeds Pupu Springs (the third clearest spring water in the world) is the base of all these goodies!
Art Galleries & Village Market
Golden Bay is famous for its unique arty and easy-going atmosphere with endless galleries to browse displaying local artists and crafts people’s unique pieces. On Saturday morning our open-air market is a social mingling of locals and visitors who come to browse and buy, meet & greet, and listen to live music. It displays a fine mix of exclusive handmade goods, locally created food and other treasures to take home.