Golden Bay Hideaway

Northern Park Walks

Abel Tasman Coastal Track Day Walk

Walk the remote northern section of the famous Abel Tasman Coast Track from Totaranui back to Golden Bay Hideaway at Wainui. You'll experience the wild beauty, golden sand beaches and clear waters - without the crowds you might encounter further south. It is a beautiful walk!

How to Get There

  1. Bus to Totaranui

    Catch the bus from Wainui to Totaranui (1/2 hour) and walk the Abel Tasman National Park Coastal Track back to Wainui. The bus leaves DOC carpark in Takaka at 9:45 AM and will collect you in Wainui before continuing to Totaranui. You must book online with Golden Bay Coachlines or by phone (03) 525 8352 and pay with credit card ($15 per person).

  2. Drop off at Totaranui

    Golden Bay Hideaway staff are available to drive your vehicle to Totaranui, drop you at the track's start and then drive your vehicle back to Golden Bay Hideaway ($40).

From Totaranui to Whariwharangi

  • Time: 3 hr 15 min

  • Distance: 9.8 km

The track heads around Totaranui estuary, climbs over a low saddle and winds down through lush forest to Anapai Bay. From here to Mutton Cove, travel alternates between sandy beaches and rocky headlands of regenerating kanuka forest.

Leave the coast at Mutton Cove and climb to another saddle. From here the track descends to Whariwharangi Bay. The hut - a restored farm homestead - and campsite are just behind the beach. Add 1 hour to go via Separation Point - from Mutton Cove, a track leads to a breeding ground for fur seals.

From Whariwharangi to Wainui

  • Time: 1 hr 30 mins

  • Distance: 5.5km

From Whariwharangi Hut follow a small stream then climbs out of the bay to a saddle overlooking Wainui inlet. The track winds down to the shore around gorse-covered ridges recovering from a 1976 fire, then follows the estuary edge for 500 metres to the carpark.

Further information:

Department of Conservation: Abel Tasman Coast Track

Department of Conservation: Abel Tasman Coast Track Trip Information Sheet

Taupo Point Half Day Walk

Start from Wainui car park at the end of McShane Rd.

The car park gateaway portrays two taniwha/water monsters of the Wainui and Parapara inlets near Collingwood who devoured travellers.

A 1-2 hour walk (tide dependent) along the coastline from Wainui Bay is Taupo point. Taupo Point was the pa site (fortified village) of the Tumatakokiri tribe whose warriors were thought to have killed four of Abel Tasman’s men in 1642. The pits, hollows and terraces of the Maori pa still remain. In 1978 the surrounding hills were ravaged by fire, but Taupo Point was spared. Consequently there is an interesting and diverse flora clinging to this fertile limestone outcrop.

Summer evening picnics at Taupo Point are very special. The beach glows under the fading evening light and the kanuka trees turn a rich, bronze colour which contrasts with the emerald colour of the sea.

Best at low tide, although there is a high tide track. Allow 1 hour each way. Requires a bit of rock/hopping and agility.

COVID-19 Information

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COVID-19 Protection Plan

COVID-19 Protection Plan

We're taking the COVID-19 situation very seriously and we're prepared to make everything as safe, easy and affordable as possible for our guests. Golden Bay Hideaway is tackling this challenge with a range of important measures:

All Guests Welcome

We've taken measures to ensure our accommodations are safe for all our guests. For this reason we are not requiring vaccine certificates or passes. All our staff are fully vaccinated.

Exceptionally Clean

We're very proud of our record on providing an exceptionally clean and safe environment for all our guests. The many glowing reviews in this regard are truly appreciated.

Each home is cleaned on a regular basis and a deep and thorough clean is completed before you arrive for your stay. This involves but is not limited to:

  • Deploying hospital grade cleaning products.
  • Sanitize all 'high touch' surfaces.
  • Dust and clean floors.
  • Clean and shine windows and doors.
  • Refreshing linen and towels and restock supplies.
  • Wash and inspect dishes.
  • Removing of any rubbish.
  • We double-check that everything is clean and safe for your stay.

Golden Bay Hideaway cleaning staff are fully vaccinated, trained in good hygiene and follow recommended cleaning guidelines from the New Zealand Ministry of Health. We encourage our guests to do the same.

Soap, hand sanitisers and disposable (and compostable) hand drying towels are provided for every visitor's safety.

Low-touch Bubble

Each of our accommodations is completely separate from the others. There are no shared facilities. You'll feel like it's just you and the view.

Our "low-touch" approach to the check-in/check-out process means you'll likely never meet any of us face-to-face. When you arrive at Golden Bay Hideaway you can use the intercom at the gate to announce your arrival. From there you simply follow the signs to your accommodation of choice - ready and waiting. And for checkout you can just leave.

Our (fully vaccinated) staff will never arrive unannounced and burst your bubble. But of course we're always around should you need us - just call or send us a message.

"No worries" Cancellation

Book your bubble break with confidence!

In these uncertain times it can be hard to make a plan for the future. We reckon taking a break shouldn't be a stressful experience. So we're making it easy for you to have no worries with our generous cancellation policy.

While the NZ Government maintains strict border controls for COVID-19 we are only accepting bookings that meet various criteria. Please read all latest information.

Please have a read of our cancellation policy.

Lawrence and Kylie

Go well and please get in touch if you have any questions and comments.