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Tata Beach – Takaka, Golden Bay Nelson

South Island, New Zealand


Nelson Tata Beach is a superb family friendly beach. Enjoy the impossibly gold sand, soft teal shallow water with barely a ripple and the bush reaching out to nestle against rocks and coastline.

Tata beach is accessible by water taxi or a gravel road (approximately 30 minutes) from Takaka. The two islands of Motu and Ngawhiti, also known as the ‘Tata Islands’ add to the picturesque scenic beach.  



Bird watchers enjoy observing New Zealand’s largest colony of spotted shags. There are seals and penguins on the islands which can be reached for up close observation on a kayak.

Tata Beach in Takaka Golden Bay Nelson New Zealand @daveboomking
Tata Beach - Instagram @daveboomking

Spotted shags regard the beach as their own with sunset a popular time to fluff their tails and regurgitate small stones (‘rangle’) in their gizzards on Tata Beach.

Kayak on Tata Beach in Takaka Golden Bay Nelson new Zealand @sandcastle_golden_bay
Kayak on Tata Beach - Instagram @sandcastle_golden_bay



  • Golden Bay Kayaks, a local family business who can show you round their backyard. The kayaking operation has no age restrictions • Paddle entire length of the Abel Tasman National Park • Bespoke Eco Private tours and Luxury Packages.
  • Enjoy the scenery from the cliffs of Tata Islands, gold sands and aquarium water.
  • Explore the nearby remote rock formations on Wharariki Beach.

Golden Bay access is a sealed road although it is windy, narrow and busy in the summer season. You are nearby Collingwood, a pretty historic town with plenty to do and see.




Tata beach is located in Wanui Bay, part of Golden Bay, Nelson

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


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.

Awaroa beach in Abel Tasman National Park
Awaroa Beach in Abel Tasman National Park
Tata Beach in Takaka Golden Bay Nelson New Zealand @douglasrpaul
Tata Beach - Instagram @douglasrpaul

Tata Beach is one of Nelson’s top beaches. 


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.


Motueka Beach Reserve (Nelson city)

Moturoa Rabbit Island (Nelson city)

Tahunanui Beach (Nelson city)

Kaiteriteri Beach (Golden Bay)

Pohara Beach (Golden Bay)

Wharariki Beach (Golden Bay)

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