Golden Bay & Collingwood

The area is known for being a popular tourist destination, because of its good weather and relaxed, friendly lifestyle

Golden Bay is a shallow, paraboloid shaped bay at the north west end of New Zealand's South Island. An arm of the Tasman Sea, the bay lies north west of Tasman Bay and Cook Strait. It is protected in the north by Farewell Spit, a 26 km long arm of fine golden sand which is the country's longest sand spit.  he Aorere and Takaka Rivers flow into the bay from the south.

The bay was once a resting area for migrating whales and dolphins such as Southern Right Whales and Humpback Whales.

The west and northern regions of the bay are largely unpopulated. Along its southern coast are the towns of Takaka and Collingwood, and also the Abel Tasman National Park. Separation Point, the natural boundary between Golden and Tasman Bays is situated within the park. Basal part of the spit approaches to the North West Nelson National Park.

In December 2011, it (as well as much of the Nelson/Tasman region) was hit by heavy rain and flooding, which affected many homes around the Pohara/Ligar Bay/Tata Beach/Wainui area. The road to Totaranui, a popular isolated tourist destination in Tasman Bay was badly damaged and was reopened on 29 June 2012. It was a blow to the region during that period but with all the locals banding together to support each other including The wonderful Abel Tasman sea shuttle family and their huge barge, and Civil Defense on the ball it didnt take too long to move the multitude of campers buses and caravans that were stuck behind the damaged road', the work to reopen took a couple of months or more but once re-opened that locals and residents alike flocked back into their favourite holiday destinations.

Its beaches like Tata Beach are popular locations for retirees and holiday-homes. It is located in the Tasman Region, one of the territorial authorities of New Zealand. [wikipedia]

The Main street of Collingwood  filled with History, visit the small local Museum or "Machinery Museum" for a look at the past in Collingwood.

Golden Bay is positioned at the northern tip of South Island, New Zealand and is popular with visitors who enjoy the outdoors, summer and winter. Deserted beaches and tracks, and clear crisp days make early spring and autumn great seasons for exploring the many 'ins and outs' of 'The Bay'.

Golden Bay enjoys a temperate climate and winters are mild, with the sea often as flat as a mirror against a stunning backdrop of snow-capped mountains. The region is also renowned for high-energy creative and cultural events during the warm to hot summer months.  Fishing is a predominant exercise carried out in the area with the year round seasons offering Whitebait, Tuna, Kahawai, Snapper and King Fish to name a few. Most farming in the area is dairy cattle or sheep with some crops being grown to feed livestock.

The township of Takaka boasts a small range of great cafes, an array of clothing suited to the climate an ITM store as well as Hammer Hardware with its great range of everything imaginable, a "Fresh Choice" supermarket, Visitor Information Centre, several great Hotels and Bars that offer all range of options including accommodation, reasonably priced family meals, take away liquor plus the normal bar goods and beers on tap an Mixed drinks.


Collingwood Holiday Park
6 William Street
Golden Bay 7073
New Zealand

+ 64 (03) 524 8149



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