We can’t think of anywhere that has earned it’s name more accurately than Golden Bay. Situated in the glorious Abel Tasman, Golden Bay has some of the most remote, wild and wonderful spots in New Zealand. The western coast is full of long, windswept beaches, huge sand dunes, massive wetland areas, huge tidal estuaries and rocky outcrops with views and photo opportunities you won’t find anywhere else.
The 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom Mohua Holiday Home enjoys stunning ocean views from the lounge, dining and kitchen areas, but hands down our favourite aspect of this home? The absolute beachfront location! Backing onto dog friendly Pakawau Beach, you can spend your days with your pooch at the beach, just a stone’s throw away from your back door. During the winter season, blow out the cobwebs with a refreshing walk and return to a warm indoor fireplace, all with pup in tow. How good! The patio boasts stunning views, so fire up the BBQ, relax with a cheeky bevvy and watch the boats sail by.
If you want to venture further afield, take a trip to Milnthorpe Park, which is around a mere 15 minute drive from your accommodation. Milnthorpe Scenic Reserve offers numerous dog friendly walking tracks for you to explore and along the way you will see sculptures by local artists hidden amongst the trees – a great way to keep the kids entertained! Keep an eye out for stunning native flora such as Rimu, Totara and Rata. The track attracts many visitors, however the great thing is you’ll never feel overcrowded with the 400 acres of trails to choose from. The park is also home to Tui, Bellbird, Wood-Pigeon and Fantail amongst others, so do bear this in mind and make sure to keep your dog under control at all times to respect the wildlife. The tracks open out onto a stunning white sand beach where your dog can run to his heart’s content, so take a dip, pause a while and freshen up before heading back to the carpark.
Heading home, you may want to make use of the stunning outdoor bathtub to loosen up stiff hiking muscles, so grab yourself a good book and bask in heavenly relaxation as the sun sets.
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