Ratanui Lodge

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Ideally located to explore all of Golden Bay and northern Abel Taman National Park.

This 10 room boutique hotel is ideally located to explore all of Golden Bay and northern Abel Taman National Park. Gaining national acclaim for service standards, old world furnishings with new world amenities, and food that home cooking haute cuisine, using fresh seasonal ingredients.  Outdoor pool, hot tub, free WiFi and restaurant serving 3 course meals nightly await guests.

The property is located in Golden Bay, across the road from stunning Pohara Beach and just 1hour 45mins drive from Nelson City. From the lodge take a 45min drive to Totaranui where guests can Walk Totaranui To Wainui – the least travelled and most scenic section of the Abel Tasman Coastal Track.

Golden Bay must-dos:

1. Kayak in the northern Abel Tasman with Golden Bay Kayaks: Only one operator leads kayaking trips in the northern end of the Abel Tasman, creating a more wilderness experience than the multiple operators in Marahau. View seals, sting rays, the occasional penguin and dolphin, and paddle along the spectacular cliffs of Abel Tasman Point, the huge shag colony at Tata Islands, and if the tides are right, through the Hole-In-The- Rock.

2. Explore Wharariki Beach: Wild and photogenic, images of Wharariki Beach are popping up all over the internet with the dramatic rock arches, sand dunes, seal pups, and caves framing the best selfies in the country. Horse Trekking is an option as well.

3. Walk Totaranui To Wainui: The least traveled and most scenic section of the Abel Tasman Coastal Track can be completed in 5 hours of golden sand beaches, rocky cliffs, and thick bush. Go where everyone else isn’t.

4. Follow the Arts Trail: Talented potters, painters, and sculptors call Golden Bay home, and most have working studios and galleries. Paul Winspear and Peter Geen headline the list. End with a coffee and at the co-operative galleries in the funky, alternative town of Takaka.

5. Farewell Spit Ecotours: Farewell Spit is 34kms of fascinating history, scenery, bird-life, and geology. (6) Take in the short walks: Pupu Springs is some of the clearest water in the world, and is sacred and serene spot just outside Takaka. Wainui Falls thunders year-round. The Grove feels pre-historic. The massive stalagtites and stalagmites of Rawhiti Caves make the climb worth the effort. The Pupu Hydro walk follows an old working hydro scheme while affording panoramic views over Golden Bay. Perfect walks for those whose backpacking days are behind them.

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