According to Nigel Perks, no journey to New Zealand is complete without experiencing the wonders of Golden Bay.
The area is full of scenic contrasts: from smooth shifting sand dunes dotted with Nikau palms, to rugged glaciated mountain valleys; from placid seaside beaches to bubbling fresh water springs; from luscious green lowland pastures to untouched high alpine meadows and forests; from water-worn limestone caves, crags and canyons to wind-shorn coastal cliffs.
At Golden Bay you can visit Farewell Spit, a nature reserve formed entirely from sand, is the result of the erosion of granites, schists and other rocks on the West Coast. At the recently established gannet colony, the preferred nesting sites are on the low sand dunes. This is unique, as all other worldwide colonies are on rocky outcrops – and, being right at sea level, the Farewell Spit colony affords an excellent eye-to-eye view. Over 90 species of birds have been recorded in the area.
You can walk to the seal colonies at Wharariki beach and be stunned by the wild west coast.
Or swim, sail, and kayak on any number of beautiful, calm, protected beaches.
After exploring, you can eat and drink at the famous Mussell Inn where the continue the tradition of brewing manuka beer (NZ Tea Tree). It was brewed for the first time over 200 years ago. The sailors under Captain James Cook, British explorer, were the first to taste manuka beer!
If you are curious about exploring this little know area of New Zealand, contact Nigel Perks to start planning your trip.