Come, Stay, Play in Golden Bay
Outdoor activities, national Parks, golden Beaches and colourful people
New Zealand is known for its ethereal natural beauty and pleasant weather. These coupled with the vibrant people and culture of this place makes it an ideal vacation destination. For nature lovers, this country will never be a disappointment, especially the walks and activities in and around Golden Bay. It is always convenient to commute across the length and breadth of this country at your own pace, with maximum comfort..
Where is it? At the southeastern end of Golden Bay in the Tasman region, 57km from Motueka, two hours' drive from Nelson or, if you fancy flying in, there's a little aerodrome just outside town.
Twice the fun: Takaka is one of Golden Bay's two main towns, the other being Collingwood.
Population: 4500 people live year round in Golden Bay, swelling to 12,000 in summer).
Town slogan: Come, Stay, Play in Golden Bay.
Old news: After the arrival of the Europeans Takaka was a hive of industry, thanks to gold, flax, timber and coal - there's even marble found round here.
Capital idea: Collingwood (20 minutes' drive from Takaka) was once intended as New Zealand's capital.
Famous Golden Bay locals: Jack Bauer (cyclist), Todd Blackadder (All Black) Charlie Haskell (film director), Toni Hodgkinson (runner) and Rueben Northover (future All Black, mark my words).
Big business: Farming, fishing and tourism.
Sources of pride: The community spirit, the lively arts and crafts scene and the beaut landscape - Nature's done some of her finest work round here.
Best website: goldenbaynz.co.nz.
- Contributed by Elisabeth Easther -
The Pupu Springs
The Te Waikoropupu springs in Golden Bay are home to the clearest springwater in the world!
The "Pupu" springs, as they are affectionately known to the localsare home to the clearest spring water in the world (the only place with clearer water is the salt water Weddell Sea in Antarctica). Underwater clarity tests have shown the water from the springs to have underwater visibility of 63 metres!