What to See and Do
Explore Tata islands and paddle around rock formations at Abel Tasman point or propel yourself to Wainui Bay where you can look for sea-life or picnic at one of the fantastic spots on the National Park coastline.
www.goldenbaykayaks.co.nz — Phone 03 525 9095
Fine landscape paintings by Peter Geen. You are welcome to visit Peter’s gallery. It’s open most days in summer from 10am – 5pm. Winter hours are variable. On the road from Takaka to Pohara turn left into Boyle Street at the Clifton intersection. The gallery is approx. 1km further on the right at number 76. www.earthseagallery.com – Phone 03 525 7007
(If you find this of interest see the diorama at the Golden Bay Museum in Takaka).
Works by Toy Murchie & Kas Muller. Fun, contemporary and distinctive art, mirrors and jewellery set amongst retro inspired clothes. Larger artworks and sculptures can be found at Sculpture 705, Pohara.
30 Commercial St Takaka. Open: Summer 10am – 5pm daily. Winter hours variable. Always good to call ahead. www.lollokiki.co.nz – Phone 03 525 8860/8005
Paintings by Geoffrey Heath. Original artworks in oils, acrylics and watercolours. A unique interpretation of Golden Bay and the Nelson region. Visits by appointment or take ‘pot luck’. Address: 14 Haile Lane, Pohara.
www.heathcroftstudio.co.nz – Phone 03 525 8540
Totaranui is the only part of the park that can be accessed by road (unsealed for part of it) via Golden Bay. The name Totaranui is an important name throughout the region and the tree it refers to is highly prized by Maori for carving. It’s golden beach and clear waters have seen it become a summer holiday favourite for New Zealanders seeking sun and sea. It is extremely popular and in peak season often fully booked. This is also the only place in the park where Wekas a native bird have been reintroduced.
Totaranui is also home to Ngarata homestead built in 1914. It is nationally significant as a historical building, being a rare example of a New Zealand ‘Californian’ bungalow. The homestead functions as an education centre and may be booked for private stays when not used by school groups.
in this oasis of calm awaits a journey of indulgence, with the promise of a pampering experience tailor-made with your health and wellness in mind. A veritable feast of treatments is offered by a friendly team of qualified professionals. This spa experience will uniquely compliment your stay.
Open each day from 9.30am onwards. Evenings by appointment. www.arohahealthspa.co.nz – Phone 03 525 8870
Phone: (+64) 3 525 6126
Address: 822 Abel Tasman Drive
Pohara, Golden Bay
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