The Outdoors

Golden Bay is a true paradise for outdoor lovers. This is a small selection of the things you can enjoy during your holiday:

On the land…

Walking & trekking

The walking opportunities are almost endless with a great variation in time, scenery and difficulty. Located in the middle of the two National Parks, Pohara is the perfect place to start your journey. Information about the tracks and detailed walking maps can be obtained from our Reception. 

If you want to meet locals and enjoy a nice walk, you could join the ‘Wednesday Walkers’ (Local Tramping Club) on their weekly walks in the Bay. Their program and time schedule is advertised at the i-Site in Takaka.

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 below.  The treks can be ridden at a leisurely pace or a bit faster if you want some more excitement in your ride. Treks from 1.5 hours to several days. More info on www.horsetreksnz.co.nz.


For golf lovers our village is offering a beautiful and challenging nine-hole golf course at the end of our beach, only five minutes drive from our Lodge.

In the air…

Scenic Flights

On a nice sunny day a scenic flight over Farewell Spit, Golden Bay and both National Parks is an unforgettable ”Lord of the Rings experience”. More info on www.adventureflightsgoldenbay.co.nz or www.goldenbayair.co.nz.

On the water


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 mythical Anatoki River. Those looking for a bigger challenge will find some good anglers’ accesses along trout fishing rivers such as the Takaka-, Waikoropupu or Aorere River. The Anatoki River, on the other hand, offers good opportunities for fly fishing.  On the seaside of the Bay, thousands of scallops are waiting for you on the ocean floor… A local fishing guide and map can be picked up at our reception. More info on www.anatokisalmon.co.nz and www.fishandgame.org.nz.

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 specialised in small fishing groups, which enables you to have one to one guidance on catching your fish. All bait and fishing gear is supplied, along with tea and coffee. Your fish is filleted and bagged for your convenience. All you need to bring is your sense of adventure, a hat and your camera. Feel free to contact us if you want to make a booking for one of his unforgettable trips.

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 Wainui lagoon and along the Park coastline with golden sandy beaches. Some playful dolphins or seals may cross your path… More info on www.goldenbaykayaks.co.nz.

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 where we can pick you up for a transfer to our Lodge. More info on www.aquataxis.co.nz.