Golden Bay is nestled into the South Island’s north-west corner and is a shallow, paraboloid shaped bay with sun drenched golden sand, defined by Farewell Spit.
Farewell Spit also separates Golden Bay from the Tasman sea and is New Zealand’s longest sandspit system, extending eastward in the Tasman Sea for approximately 30 km, but sheltered to the south with tidal mudflats extending up to 6 km seaward at low tide.
Host to over 90 bird species including the Black Swan, Australasian Gannet, Caspian Tern, Southern Black-backed Gull, Red-billed Gull and Variable Oystercatcher, 4-WD guided tours of the spit are available.
Golden Bay is a popular tourist destination because of its good weather and relaxed, friendly lifestyle. Along its southern coast are the towns of Takaka and Collingwood, and also the Abel Tasman National Park. Separation Point, the natural boundary between Golden and Tasman Bays is situated within the park.
Cruise ships can tender ashore.
Contact your shipping agent for more information.
This site has been designed for cruise lines, cruise ships and the travel trade in mind. If you are a passenger and wish to find out more about New Zealand or travel deals to New Zealand, please visit www.newzealand.com. We look forward to welcoming you!