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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.  —  Phone 03 525 9095

earthsea-galleryEarthsea Gallery

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.  – Phone 03 525 7007

act-abeltasmanAbel Tasman Memorial

Wainui Road
The monument to Abel Tasman on the Wainui Road is supplemented by interpretive panels telling the story of his discovery of New Zealand in December 1642. He called this place Murderer’s Bay, losing 4 of his men in Europeans’ first encounter with Maori.
(If you find this of interest see the diorama at the Golden Bay Museum in Takaka).

lollokikiLollokiki – Boutique Gallery

Works by Toy Murchie & Kas Muller.  Fun, contemporary and distinctive art, mirrors and jewellery. Their sculpture garden, studio, shop and loft gallery can be found at Sculpture 705, Pohara.
Open: Summer 10am – 5pm daily. Winter hours variable. Always good to call ahead.   –  Phone 027 3838 001, email

act-wainui_fallsWainui Falls

Located in the western edge of the Abel Tasman National Park. The track starts from a car park in Wainui Bay, 20 km north-east from Takaka. Look for the sign on the road side approximately 300 metres after crossing over the Wainui River bridge. The walk up to the falls takes about 30 minutes and follows the river through native bush forest. Well worth the trip on a warm day and the falls are a welcoming and cooling treat. Wainui Falls track.

heathcroftHeathcroft Studio

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.  –  Phone 03 525 8540

act-totaranui-beachTotaranui Beach

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.


arohahealthspaAroha Health Spa

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.   –  Phone 03 525 8870

Contact Information

Darryn Eves
Melissa Gauthier
Phone: (+64) 3 525 6126
Address: 822 Abel Tasman Drive
                 Pohara, Golden Bay

Open Daily

 - Seasonal Hours

Bar Snacks  and  Gourmet Pizzas (Dine In or Take Away)

Lunch Menu  and  Gourmet Burgers

Kids Menu

Dinner Menu  Starts at 5:30pm

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