Farewell Spit, at the tip of the South Island, is New Zealand’s longest sand spit (25 km) and a nature reserve. It is an internationally-renowned bird sanctuary with over 90 bird species recorded in the area. Every spring, thousands of wading birds arrive from the northern hemisphere.
Other birds range from black swans to sparrows. Penguins also breed in the area.
The area’s attractions include a historic lighthouse, pa sites, the seals and striking landforms of Wharakiki Beach and a cliff top viewing platform.
This is the most spectacular coastline in the region, with its caverns, islands, sand dunes and long stretch of beach. Access is at the end of Wharariki Road. From the car park to the beach takes 20 minutes over farm paddocks and through a section of coastal forest.
At low tide you can walk along Wharariki Beach returning to the car park via Green Hills Track.
The caves, islands, and arches of Wharariki Beach, where seals breed, are among the most dramatic in the country. Behind are constantly shifting dunes and a series of lakes and swamps. The vegetation is diverse, with some very rare plants.
Puponga Farm Park is at the base of Farewell Spit in Golden Bay and is bounded on the west by the Tasman Sea and on the east by Golden Bay. It runs between the Farewell Spit International Wetland and Kahurangi National Park.
Being a farm park it is open to public access as well as being run as a commercial farm. Approximately 50,000 people visit the park each year on their way to the dramatic Wharariki Beach or viewing Farewell Spit and the thousands of birds migrating there.
We have our own kayaks available on request for exploring the estuary or streamer-fishing for Kahawai.
BJ’s Yoga classes (gold coin donation ) are held on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday evenings at Collingwood Area School.
From boat and beach for snapper and kahawai, flyfishing and spinning for trout and salmon in the rivers.
Day trips and overnight horseriding is available nearby. Contact us for details
Great locations nearby, also at Ligar Bay Golden Bay Kayaks for the quiet end of the Abel Tasman National Park
We have 2 newish road bikes. Collingwood is ideal cycling country, especially on the uncrowded roads and the route to Farewell Spit is flat! For $20 single, $30 for 2 for fuel and handling charge we will take you close to Pillar Point, where you can explore Wharariki Beach and cycle back at the end of the day. (24 kms on flat roads)
DoC have announced a trial this winter to allow cycling on the Heaphy track. An opportunity not to be missed !!
There’s world-class mountain biking on your doorstep in Golden Bay with the Rameka Track voted by Kiwis as one of the 101 “must do” activities in NZ.
Escape Adventures in Takaka offers guided mountain bike trips, hire and transport to all the great riding that Golden Bay has to offer. Contact them on 03 525 8783 or escapeadventures.co.nz
The Collingwood goldfields were famous, for a short while ! Borrow my gold pans and find yourself some specks, or maybe a nugget!
A nature Tours for the discerning.
These new format tours depart from Somerset House Backpackers, Collingwood. 27 kms from Takaka.
(Golden Bay Coachlines Bus leaves Takaka i site for Collingwood at 0900 hrs daily.)
Return transport to Takaka by arrangement.