Collingwood is a small historic town in Golden Bay, rich in local history and tales from the gold-mining era. The name Collingwood is derived from Lord Nelson's first lieutenant, later Admiral Lord Collingwood. There is a fascinating Heritage Walk that takes in the history of Collingwood by following panels placed strategically around the township. Start your walk at Panel 1 Elizabeth Street.
Time should also be allowed to visit local attractions, such as the Devil's Boots, Aorere Goldfields, Farewell Spit, Wharariki Beach, Westhaven Inlet, Kaihoka Lakes, Puponga Farm Park, historic Langford Store and the remains of the Salisbury swingbridge over the spectacular gorge of the Aorere River.
'A year-round holiday destination...'
Golden Bay is positioned at the northern tip of South Island, New Zealand, and is popular with visitors who enjoy the outdoors, summer and winter. Deserted beaches and tracks, and clear crisp days make early spring and autumn great seasons for exploring the many 'ins and outs' of 'The Bay'.
Golden Bay enjoys a temperate climate and winters are mild, with the sea often as flat as a mirror against a stunning backdrop of snow-capped mountains. The region is also renowned for high-energy creative and cultural events during the warm to hot summer months.
The Collingwood Park Motel is close to the Heaphy Track for tramping and mountain biking and we can arrange transport to the start of the track for you. Nearby, you will also find Farewell Spit, the renowned Wharariki Beach (left) and many bush and beach walks. Cape Farewell Horse Treks operate from nearby.
The Naked Possum is a café situated at the beginning of the beautiful Kaituna Walkway and is a 20 minute drive away.
There is a tavern serving excellent fish and other meals and a café serving takeaways and coffee all a very short walk from the motel. The historic Courthouse Cafe serves food and coffee from 8am till 4pm (7am over the summer time). Gourmet pizzas are available Courthouse café in evening in summer - dine in or takeaway. Right next door to the motel is NgAngART Gallery and Cafe, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner and a wide range of take away items, they are open from 8am til late,
The world renowned Mussel Inn with a micro brewery and excellent meals (not just mussels) is a 10 minute drive away.
The Nelson Airport is two hours away with rental cars available there. There is an air service into Takaka Airport from Wellington and Karamea. There is a mini coach service from Nelson and from Takaka. We are centrally located with Picton approximately four hours to the east, Westport approximately four hours to the West and the Nelson Lakes approximately two and a half hours to the south.
Experience the natural wildlife of New Zealand up close with a natural wildlife experience in Collingwood. See endangered species, unique birds, animals and plants and current conservation projects aimed at preserving our wildlife. Bird life abounds on the estuary especially at low tide and gannets can be seen feeding from the nearby beach. Milnethorpe Park nearby which connects via the beach to Collingwood has numerous paths to explore. Farewell Spit Eco Tours provide opportunities for gannet viewing and also a special Wader Bird tour. Wharariki Beach is becoming renowned for the displays provided by young seals as they perform in rock pools at low tide. The safe Collingwood Beach provides opportunities for young and old to gather shells and construct hideaways!
For 2017, the Go Wild with Weaving line-up is of 7 different 2-day workshops which cater for varying levels of weaving expertise. Each workshop features different techniques or different natural materials, such as willow, flax, cabbage tree leaves, seagrass and cane ....plus whatever you want to bring! . You will learn how to weave your own beautiful creations, meet loads of new people and have some great fun for yourself.
Golden Bay has long been known for the quality and quantity of its art. There are many artists and craftspeople showing and selling their work and maps available to assist you to find their studios. Golden Bay is a haven for art lovers with artists, potters, silversmiths and jewellers all within a short distance.
Local artist NgAng (www.ngangart.com) holds painting classes over the summer.
A family day painting was a great success last season!