Popular Golden Bay Walks



Te Waikoropupu Springs ("Pupu Springs")

Features:  A whole river emerges from an underground cave system.  The world's clearest fresh water.

Drive time to walk: 15min south towards Takaka

Walk time:  30min return, very easy

Definately not to be missed.  One of New Zealand's most visited reserves.  A circular track through native bush takes walkers past old gold mine workings and a series of springs.  The largest spring has a viewing platform and underwater periscope.


Wharariki Beach

Feaures:  Wild West Coast beach - huge white sandunes, caves and stunning rock formations.

Drive to walk: 40min north towards Farewell Spit.

Walk time:  between 40min - 2 hours return, easy but there is a steepish drop-off on one side of a section of the track (this can be avoided by walking along the top of the hill).

Very highly recommended.  Made all the more attractive by the fact that there is no vehicle access directly to the beach and requires a 20min walk across picturesque farmland from the carpark.


Totaranui to Mutton Cove, Abel Tasman National Park

Features:  The northern coast of the Abel Tasman park which is the most attractive and the quietest part of the park.  Golden sand beaches and crystal clear water.

Drive time to walk:  45min south around the bay.  A beautiful drive through Abel Tasman National Park to Totatanui in the very centre of the park.

Walk time:  2 hours each way from Totaranui to Mutton Cove.  Easy but can include a side trip to Separation Point (seal colony) which is a steep, rocky track.  Leave time for a swim, relaxing on the beach, or eploring additional walks from Totaranui.


Pupu Hydro Walkway

Features: bird life, history, scenery.

Drive time to walk:  15min south towards Takaka

Walk time: 2 hours round trip


Wainui Falls

Features:  A walk through a variety of landcapes including New Zealand native bush to one of the best waterfalls in the region.

Drive time to walk:  40min south around the bay.


Kaituna Track

Features:  Native bush, old goldmine workings.

Drive time to walk:  20min north towards Bainham

Walk time:  20min - 3 hours return.  Easy

It is possible to follow the track right through to the Westhaven Inlet on the West Coast (an 8 hour tramp).  Most people prefer to walk only to the site of the old gold workings (20min) or on to the river forks (an easy 3 hour return walk).


The Grove Reserve

Features:  Dramatic karst limestone features and a view over Golden Bay.

Drive time to walk:  20min south past Takaka towards Pohara.

Walk time:  30 min return.  Easy.

The walk wanders past towering columns of limestone covered with creepers and heavy sub-tropical native vegetation.


Fossil Point

Features:  A walk over farmland leading to a wild sandy beach with rocks containing fossils at low tide.  A view down the northern side of the Farewell Spit.

Drive time to walk:  30min north to the base of the Farewell Spit.

Walk time:  2 hours return.  Easy.


Abel Tasman Walks south of Totaranui

Features:  Abel Tasman coastline.  Walk sandy bays usually combined with a water taxi trip.

Dirve time to walk:  45min south

Walk time:  Various


Taupo Point

Features:  A quiet beach walk with interesting rock formations and sandy coves finishing at a historic Maori settlement.

Drive time to walk:  40min south

Walk time:  2 hours return. Access is tide dependent.


Rawhiti Cave

Features:  Follows a river valley to a stunning cave entrace covered with a multitude of stalictite formations.

Drive time to walk:  30min south.

Walk time:  3 hours return.  Easy but in order to get to the cave, there is a long series of switchbacks which are quite demanding.


Salisbury Bridge and Falls

Features:  A historic foot bridge built during the gold mining days leads to Salisbury Falls and swimming hole.

Drive time to walk:  30min north-west.

Walk time: 10min.  Easy.