Golden Bay for a Day
Takaka, the heart of Golden Bay is 50 minutes drive from our chalets...around this area are many of natures wonders, all easily accessible. Make a pleasant day trip, picnic on the Golden Sand Beaches and enjoy New Zealand at its best.
Crystal Clear Te Waikoropupu Springs
The Te Waikoropupu Springs ('Pupu Springs') are located in Golden Bay, on Zealand's South Island. The springs are known for the clarity of the water, and the volume of water discharged. The springs are spiritually significant to the Māori people. The horizontal visibility of the water in the springs has been measured at an average of 63 metres. . It is estimated that 14,000 litres of water are produced per second, approximately enough to fill 40 bathtubs.
Wainui Falls Track
The track starts from a carpark in Wainui Bay, 20 km north-east from Takaka. Look for the direction sign on the road side approximately 300 metres after crossing over the Wainui River Bridge. Walk through a forest of nikau palms, rata trees and ferns. Keep a lookout for a possible sighting of the giant snail, Powelliphanta. After crossing the swing bridge over the Wainui River you will hear the falls before they suddenly appear, usually curtained in spray
From the car park at the end of Wharariki road, it is a 20 minute walk over rolling farm-land to Wharariki Beach, with its amazing sand dunes, caves and off-shore islands. At low tide you can walk along the beach to the ‘Stone Bridge’.
Alternatively, you can start from the car park, and walk Southwest along the farm track. At the signpost for the “Stone Bridge” turn right and head down to the beach. This is where you need low tide in your favour as you can’t cross this section of the beach unless the water is out. From here you walk back Northeast, along the beach past some massive sand dunes.
Continue following the markers and you will come down to the Cape Farewell. Keep an eye peeled for seals sunning themselves on the rocks below!