Golden Bay

Golden Bay is a very beautiful, relatively untouched and quiet area at the northern end of the South Island of New Zealand that is often overlooked by travelers. It is one of two big bays that make up the Nelson Bays region, and is separated from the other, Tasman Bay, by the headlands of the Abel Tasman National Park.


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Golden Bay is where Abel Tasman and his crew, the first European explorers to "discover" New Zealand, anchored in 1642.

Get in

Drive over the Takaka Hill from Motueka (55 min).




Stay safe

Before you get off the road and go off exploring the great outdoors let someone know where you are going and when you will be back. Do not underestimate this land and the risks that it presents to the ill-prepared traveler. If you have any doubts, seek out a local guide familiar with the area you intent to explore.

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