Category: Activities

Farewell Spit

Farewell Spit is a sand spit more than 20 km long and is the main tourist attraction of the area. All but the 3km at the base of the Spit is a Department of Conservation Protected Area and only accessible to the public through licensed operators (Farewell Spit Eco Tours). A trip on the Spit

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Collingwood

Collingwood (population about 400), situated 8 km (5 miles) by road from Twin Waters Lodge is the main centre for the area. It is a very historic town and was once proposed as capital of New Zealand. Collingwood was built on the gold rush – up until the discovery of gold in Central Otago. The

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Aorere Valley

The Aorere valley follows up the river from Collingwood, at the river mouth, through Rockville and Bainham, to Brown Hut at the start of the Heaphy Track. Rockville is home to the Settlers’ Museum – in the former Rockville Dairy Factory – which houses a range of farm machinery and various other objects of interest,

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Whanganui Inlet

The Whanganui Inlet is probably the least known of the scenic attractions of Golden Bay. The Whanganui Inlet road starts nearby: just turn left after Pakawau (by the hall) about 5 km north of Twin Waters Lodge. After a few km through “the cut” you will come to the north end of the Inlet. A

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Wharariki Beach

For me, this beach is the star attraction of Golden Bay. Yes, you have to walk there from the car park (15 – 20 minutes), but it is well worth the effort! I think Wharariki is probably not so well known by name because of the difficulty in pronouncing it. But the scenery is now

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