Activity Category: Takaka

Tata Beach, Golden Bay

Tata Beach

Tucked at the Eastern end of Golden Bay and roughly 15 minutes drive from Takaka, this is a quintessential golden sand beach. Waves for boogie boarding, course sand for playing in or take advantage of it’s length and go for a stroll, it’s worth bypassing the other beaches along the…

Playground & Skatepark, Takaka

Takaka playground

Going to the playground or skatepark isn’t necessarily what you’d think of doing when in Golden Bay but sometimes kids just want to be kids and do something that is completely familiar to them even if the setting is new. And let’s face it, if anyone in your party wants…

Wholefood Cafe & Ice Cream Bar, Takaka

Wholefood cafe

This is a popular place to eat and it’s great for families. The food is relatively healthy, with an emphasis on seasonal, local produce and it’s definitely delicious! They serve breakfast and lunch and have cabinet food as well. There isn’t a kids’ menu but there is a ‘piccolo’ eggs hollandaise…

Anatoki Salmon Farm, near Takaka

Salmon Farm

For kids that like fishing or for those wanting to try for the first time, coming to a lake that’s stocked with farmed salmon just waiting to be caught isn’t such a bad idea – but be warned, there’s no guarantee that you’ll actually catch one! You can’t use your…

Te Waikoropupu (Pupu) Springs, near Takaka

Pupu Springs

These are the largest fresh water springs in New Zealand and are said to contain some of the purest water in the world. It is sacred to the Maori and no matter how inviting it looks, contact with the water mustn’t be made. There are information boards at the start of…

Rawhiti Cave, Takaka

Rawhiti cave stalactites

Takaka is an area that has lots of caves and limestone features. The one at Rawhiti is free to see and spectacular – you just have to be prepared to walk for about an hour to get there. But if you manage it, the stalactites and stalagmites on display are…

Exploring Abel Tasman National Park, Tasman

Abel Tasman 2

If you’re spending more than a day in the Tasman area and you like being outside, you should probably aim to head to the Abel Tasman National Park for at least a day trip. With the use of water taxis, walking in the Abel Tasman is very do-able as you…

Labyrinth Rocks, Takaka

Labyrinth caves

The area around Takaka is known for its limestone rock formations and this one is easily accessible to anyone who can walk (narrow paths through the rocks mean it’s not suitable for buggies, wheelchairs or at times, even backpacks). It’s a natural maze and kids seem to enjoy getting lost…

Wild Earth Nature Park, Takaka

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**As of December 2016 Wild Earth Nature Park is under new ownership – Anatoki Salmon. Awaiting reviews to know if it’s being run to the same high standards. Please email me here if you’ve visited and let me know what you think** Only open in the summer months, this is…