Collingwood is a small historic town in Golden Bay, rich in local history and tales from the gold-mining era. First settled in 1842 and named Gibbstown, today's Collingwood is a mixture of old and new. 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.