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Pohara Bay – Takaka, Golden Bay

South Island, New Zealand

Pohara Beach’s white sands, shallow crystal clear water is one of those magical summer spots Nelson is famous for.

There is plenty of things to do nearby Pohara Beach


  • Join the Golden Bay Kayaks team and explore the northern sector of the Abel Tasman National Park away from the more popular southern sector
  • Walk to Wainui Falls 
  • Grove Scenic Reserve and take in the sweeping views
  • Enjoy a round of golf on the Pohara golf course
  • Catch some salmon for lunch at Anotoki Salmon
  • Wonder at the sheer volume of welling water at Te Waikoropupu Springs 
  • Over the ‘hill’ to Collingwood and Farewell Spit
  • Observe the local seals on the remote beautiful Wharariki Beach
@Pohara Beach Top 10 Holiday Park
@Pohara Beach Top 10 Holiday Park


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Anapai Beach at Abel Tasman National Park, South Island, New Zealand
Anapai Beach at Abel Tasman National Park

Find out more about what to do in nearby Nelson. Nelson is arguably the top New Zealand summer destination with wine trails, farmers markets and galleries. The icing on the cake is the scenic glory of the Abel Tasman National Park


In Nelson, Nelson City Council monitors 11 swimming spots. The areas include five coastal beaches and six rivers, which are monitored from November 30 to March 15 on a weekly basis. For more information check Bathing water quality Nelson.

Don’t worry you do not need to pick a favourite beach. There is plenty of space to go around at the Abel Tasman National Park beaches and Nelson beaches beyond the National Park. In fact our editor is mulling over the idea, the best beach is the one we visited yesterday with tomorrow a promise of another gem in the Nelson best beach category.


Moturoa Island (Nelson city)

Tahunanui Beach (Nelson city)

Motueka Beach Reserve (Nelson district)

Tata Beach (Golden Bay)

Wharariki Beach (Golden Bay)

Kaiteriteri Beach (Golden Bay)

Archway rock at Wharariki Beach, Golden Bay
Archway Rock at Wharariki Beach
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