Activities & tours
|Farewell Spit Eco Tours: Golden Bay is protected by the 34 km long Farewell Spit which is home to migratory birds, ever changing sand dunes, an historic lighthouse, and fascinating history. As Farewell Spit is a protected Nature Reserve, the only way to experience the Spit is on an organised tour. Farewell Spit Eco Tours offers tours almost every day (departure times are tidal dependent). Contact us directly to book your Farewell Spit Tour or Package.
03 524 8257
|Anatoki Salmon: Experience the thrill of catching your own king salmon at Anatoki Salmon Farm. Eat it right away at the Anatoki Cafe, or have it smoked and packed to take away. Rods and equipment are available and free. Pay for what you catch, and don’t throw any fish back. Set along the banks of the Anatoki River, the Farm has a large pond for your fishing and a fully-licensed cafe on-site. 15 minutes from Ratanui.
230 McCallum Rd, Takaka
03 525 7251
|Cape Farewell Horse Treks: Ride horseback along picturesque Wharariki Beach or in the hills and along the cliffs overlooking the Tasman Sea and Farewell Spit. Several day trip options are available and suit all levels of experience.
23 McGowan St, Puponga
03 524 8031
|Golden Bay Kayaks: Just 8 minutes from Ratanui at Tata Beach, Golden Bay Kayaks offers half-day and full-day guided trips or freedom hire for paddling in the scenic waters of the northern Abel Tasman National Park. Follow the Golden Bay coast through stunning rock formations, around the shag colony on Tata Islands, and pull up on a secluded golden sand beach for a cup of tea. Or try stand-up paddle boarding! Contact Us for reservations, questions, or kayaking packages.
29 Cornwall Place, Tata Beach
03 25 9095
|Wildcat Charters Fishing Trips: Custom fishing trips departing from Tarakohe Harbour, just 5 minutes from Ratanui. Half-day guided trips depart early most mornings and reservations in advance are highly recommended. Depending on the season, fish for snapper, blue cod, and tarakihi. Quality gear and bait provided, and all fish are filleted and bagged. Suitable for all ages groups. Scenic trips also available.
03 525 9438
|Adventure Flights Golden Bay: Scenic flights over Farewell Spit and Golden Bay in a high-wing Cessna 185. Several standard routes available, or customise your charter trip with your pilot. If you are short on time, flight seeing is a great way to see Farewell Spit, Abel Tasman National Park, the mountains of Kahurangi National Park, or the rolling surf of the Tasman Sea. Also providing transportation service from/to Karamea and Brown Hut for the Heaphy Track.
State Highway 60, Takaka
03 525 6167
|Onekaka Links Private Golf Course: Virtually unknown, Onekaka Links Golf Club is regarded by those who have played it as really special. Located just 15 minutes’ drive from Takaka in Golden Bay the course hasn’t hosted any tournaments and is unlikely to in the future. This could be the most-limited access golf course in the world so most golfers are unlikely to ever get the chance to play it.|
|Mountain Bike the Rameka: The famed Rameka Mountain Bike Track runs from the top of the Takaka Hill at Canaan Downs all the way to the Golden Bay valley floor. There are not currently any operators offering guided trips, but if you are a keen mountain biker this is a must-do! Contact Us for maps and logistics.|