Golden Bay beaches
At least 17 beaches dot the tranquil Golden Bay coastline; each unique and memorable in it’s own way.
Here is a sampling of our favourites, and what makes them different:
|Pohara Beach: Just across the street from Ratanui, Pohara Beach is extremely tidal and perfect for long walks, wading, playing or bouldering on the rocks, or just watching the tide.
1 minute from Ratanui
|Tata Beach: Golden sand beaches and a relatively small tidal change make Tata Beach a prime swimming location. Gorgeous views to the Tata Islands make this a favourite holiday home spot.
8 minutes from Ratanui
|Wainui: Isolated and remote, even in summer you can usually find a piece of Wainui Beach all to yourself. Wainui Inlet is extremely tidal, and bordered by small beaches and a long sand spit. Ideal for seclusion and tranquility.
15 minutes from Ratanui
|Totaranui: A long, golden sand beach with brilliant morning sun at the end of the road in the northern Abel Tasman National Park, Totaranui is a Golden Bay must-do. Even in the height of summer, when the DOC campground is full to capacity, you can find a quiet spot at Totaranui, or hop onto the world-renowned Abel Tasman Coastal Track and walk to a quieter beach such as Anapai, Goat Bay, or Mutton Cove. Totaranui is also the northern most pickup point for Abel Tasman water taxi service.
45 minutes from Ratanui
|Milnthorpe: Half-way between Takaka and Collingwood, Milnthorpe incorporates lovely bush tracks and beach access. It’s a locals’ place; quiet and just off the beaten path.
25 minutes from Ratanui.
|Wharariki Beach: Maybe the most photogenic beach in New Zealand, Wharariki is another must-do. A 20 minute walk from the carpark across paddocks and sand dunes brings you to the wild, windswept West Coast, with rock arches in the water, seal pups often playing in the nursery pools, caves to explore, and walking tracks past the beaches and up on to the cliff tops. Spend the day, but plan your Wharariki Beach time at low tide for maximum exploring.
1 hour and 15 minutes from Ratanui.
|Anapai: Follow the Abel Tasman Coastal Track north from Totaranui for about an hour to the beach we call “Anaperfect”. Crescent moon shaped golden sand beach with rock towers and solitude, even in summer. And don’t forget to sneak over the rise on the north of end of Anapai to gorgeous Little Anapai.|