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Discover the best places to eat, drink, shop and explore in Golden Bay with our guide.

Located at the northern tip of New Zealand's South Island, Golden Bay is a unique and diverse region that boasts a vibrant creative culture, rural farming and unparalleled nature adventures.

After driving over Takaka Hill, visitors are rewarded with breathtaking views of the shallow bay before arriving in the bohemian town of Takaka. Here, you'll find a community that values eco-friendliness and embraces a free-spirited way of life.

Take your pick of picturesque holiday beaches like Pōhara Beach, or venture north for a slower pace of life in Collingwood. And don't forget to explore the natural wonders that call this relatively untouched environment home, such as the stunning Te Waikoropupū Springs (also known as Pupu Springs), the fascinating Ngarua Caves and the impressive Harwoods Hole.

Whether you're seeking relaxation, adventure, or simply a change of scenery, Golden Bay is the perfect destination for those looking to experience the best that New Zealand has to offer.

An Eco-Tourism Guide To Golden Bay

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For many travellers, it’s important to know that their holiday doesn’t have a negative environmental impact. After all, as so many popular tourist destinations in Aotearoa New Zealand are renowned for their beauty, it’s important to ensure they’re preserved for the next generation.

Farewell Spit Tours

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Offering sustainable visits to Golden Bay’s most iconic geographic feature for over 70 years, the family-run Farewell Spit Tours is the perfect way to visit this...

Drift Off Grid - Luxury Eco Glamping

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One of the best draws of Golden Bay is its gorgeous scenery, and at Drift Off Grid Glamping, you can immerse yourself in nature while staying at stylish, eco-conscious...

The Historic Langford Store & Post Office

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Stepping into The Langford Store in Golden Bay is like stepping into a piece of historic Kiwiana, and immediately brings a smile to your face.

Bacca Bakery

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Flavour, nutrition, and affordability are the calling cards of Bacca Bakery, a two-person operation of love in Parapara.

Roots Bar

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Roots Bar in Tākaka absolutely lives up to its alliterative motto—“beats, beers, burgers, bands”— providing stacked...

Mussel Inn

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A staple for over thirty years in Golden Bay, The Mussel Inn is your go-to for wholesome food, delicious in-house brews, dance-worthy live music and possibly a roaming weka...

The Dangerous Kitchen

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Despite its moniker, the only thing truly dangerous about The Dangerous Kitchen in Tākaka, is how tasty its food is.

The Courthouse Café

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It’s easy to see how The Courthouse Café got its name, housed as it is in Collingwood’s former courthouse.

The Wholemeal Café

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Arguably the town’s most recognisable eatery, The Wholemeal Café, is housed in the former Takaka Theatre that dates back to 1910.

Kiwi Spirit Distillery

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At Kiwi Spirit Distillery in Golden Bay, you’ll find craft gins, spirits and liqueurs made with local botanicals and more than a dash of good taste.