Golden Bay is nestled into the South Island’s north-west corner. A chain of steep and rugged mountains cuts its fertile river plains and valleys from the rest of the island. It’s a region with endless variety, where golden beaches, alpine valleys and tranquil rivers share a close proximity with the sea. Golden Bay enjoys long hot summers, mild spring and autumn weather, and clear, crisp winter days. Golden Bay has beautiful golden sand beaches with crystal clear blue water. There are several bush walks through beautiful native ferns and bush, for either a relaxed stroll or a more energetic walk, as well as longer tramps on the Heaphy, Cobb and Abel Tasman tracks. We advise two to three days to visit the main attractions of Golden Bay, and more if you want to relax and take in the beautiful scenery at leisure.