Day Trips to Golden Bay & Farewell Spit

Isolated for many years by the infamous Takaka Hill, Golden Bay has developed as a centre for artists and alternative lifestyles - a great place to get away from it all. Stunning deserted beaches with only seals for company. horse treks on the beach or the cliff tops. World heritage area for migratory birds at farewell spit. The purest water in the world at pupu springs. Stretch your legs on many short walks. Check out the local artists - weird & wonderful. Grab a bite to eat at the gourmet cafes.

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Activities Nelson Abel Tasman

Beaches, short walks, cafes and artists

Explore the many short walks such as Pupu Springs, The Grove or Wainui Falls. Stop for lunch at The Wholemeal cafe or The Naked Possum and take a long walk on Wharariki Beach or at Milnthorpe.

Farewell Spit

Full day eco tours and specialist birding trips explore this World Heritage site famed for its migratory birds.

Horse treks

Ride along a deserted beach or high on the cliff tops and through farmland.

$ $0-$149 / $$ $150-$249 / $$$ $250+

”Fantastic wild beaches and great art galleries“

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Golden Bay day trips
lGolden Bay activities

self-drive tour $

Pick up the Golden Bay guide and free map and head over the hill to Takaka - with its 360 bends it takes about an hour. Browse the art gallery or have a coffee at the Wholemeal Cafe before heading to the lovely Pupu Springs. Pushing on to Wharariki Beach and the stunning wild west coast beach before ambling back and calling into a gallery or two.

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Horse Trek Golden Bay Nelson Area

Horse treks $-$$

In the morning drive over to Golden Bay and stop at some of the sights. The horse treks are either on the beach, on the clifftops or through farmland and take 1-2 hours, allowing time for a stroll on Wharariki Beach or one of the other short walks afterwards.

Farewell Spit Eco Tour $$

World Heritage status Farewell Spit is a migratory bird highlight. Fascinating wind-blown dunes and early settler history at the lighthouse make a full day out. Trips times are driven by the tides so check carefully for which days fit with a stay at The Resurgence.

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private guides

Private guided day trip $$$

If you are not confident driving on New Zealand roads, a guided day trip could be the answer. Picking up from the Lodge, your guide will listen to your interests and tailor the day to suit - with art galleries, short hikes, birding and beaches, there is something for all interests.

Hobbit Tours $$

Small tours to the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings Locations will pick up from the Lodge. Visiting sites on Takaka Hill before stopping at the locations in Golden Bay.

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nelson & golden bay cycling

Ramaka Track MTB $$

A great day's descent, the Ramaka Track starts on Takaka Hill and descends into East Takaka in Golden Bay. Bikes, transport and guides included in the package.

Ngaru Caves Tour $

Just 15 minutes from the Lodge, the Ngaru Caves were the location for the Hobbit cave scenes, also interesting for moa bones and other limestone cave features.

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hobbit locations around The Resurgence

Harwoods Hole $

A short drive from the Lodge (including 11km on unsealed road), Harwoods Hole hike is through deep native bush and ends with a view down the deepest hole in the Southern Hemisphere. See black robins and other birds along this 45 minute hike. Recognise scenery from the Hobbit and LOTR films.