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For additional information on things to see and do in Golden Bay, contact the Golden Bay Visitor Centre in Takaka.


Ligar Bay beach is one of the safest and most beautiful beaches in Golden Bay. At low tide the beach is flat and full of feature. At high tide the sea is shallow and warm. It is not suitable for motorised sports so it is quiet and relaxing too.

Tata Beach is steeply shelving and has a boat ramp. Tata Beach is popular for water skiers and jet skiers.



Rock climbing

The sea cliffs crag is just around the corner by the wharf. It provides very exposed climbing although quite easy grades.

Paynes Ford is very popular just outside Takaka as you come in from the south. Climbs are more difficult but considered a top place to visit.


Small boat fishing is popular but fishing from the kayaks is a lot more fun. Snapper can be found out from the bay and around Tata Islands.


Ligar Bay and around the coastline is very sheltered most of the time. There is plenty of bird and sea life to watch and you have lots of rocky features to explore.


The roads around the coast are very scenic but be extra careful in summer with the busy traffic.

Mountain Biking

Horse Trekking



There is a golf course in Pohara.

Wind surfing and kite surfing

Pohara beach seems to get a lot of afternoon sea breezes ideally suited to wind surfing and kite surfing.


There is a bowling club between Pohara and Ligar Bay.



There are tennis courts between Pohara and Ligar Bay.

Arts and crafts

Golden Bay probably has the highest concentration of artists in New Zealand.

Virtual Bay provides a good taste of the type of art and craft being produced by Golden Bay artists.


Pristine New Zealand coastal and bush environment, clean air and a vibrant and artistic community are all great subjects for your photography. Black Pete is a local photographer who is sharing some of his work on his Virtual Bay website.


Takaka Hill is called the marble mountain. As such it is riddled with caves. There are also several other caves in the Golden Bay area worth exploring too.

  • Harwoods hole
  • Ngarua Caves
  • Aorere Caves
  • Eating

    The Penguin Bar and Cafe in Pohara has delicious meals with an outdoor area for kids.

    The Wholemeal Cafe in Takaka has a well deserved reputation.