1. Golden Bay
  2. Nelson Lakes
  3. Abel Tasman
  4. Elaine Bay
  5. Okiwi Bay

Golden Bay

Golden Bay is one of New Zealand's most diverse and appealing destinations. It is a region with endless variety, where golden beaches, alpine valleys and tranquil fishing rivers share a close proximity to the sea. Golden Bay has breathtaking scenery, sporting activities and much more to offer everyone.

Nestled into the South Island's north-west corner. It is surrounded by a diverse landscape of steep and rugged mountains with an endless amount of rivers and sea access to different beautiful spots along the coastline. Hire a boat from Diverse Boat Company today to visit this wonderful place.

From October through to April, snapper can be caught around most of the local beaches in Golden Bay, Pakawau and Patons Rock, Pohara and Parapara are good spots for surfcasting. Boat fishing is excellent in most parts of the Bay and there are boat ramps at Tarakohe,Tata Beach and Collingwood.

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Nelson Lakes

The Nelson Lakes National Park is an enchanting alpine landscape of rugged peaks, forests and stunning glacial lakes. A compact area of mountain ranges separated by forested valleys, the Nelson Lakes National Park is home to the beginning of the awe-inspiring Southern Alps. The main access point to Nelson Lakes National Park is at Lake Rotoiti and the village of Saint Arnaud, on Highway 63, about 100 kilometres from Nelson. The Neslon Lakes has trout fishing available all year round with a licence available at St Arnaud, more information is available here.

Lake Rotoiti, previously also known as Lake Arthur, is a lake in the Tasman Region of New Zealand.[1] It is a substantial mountain lake within the borders of Nelson Lakes National Park. The lake is fed by the Travers River, water from the lake flows into the Buller River. The lake is surrounded by Beech forest and is 82 metres deep. Saint Arnaud is a small community at the northern end of the lake. Discount rates apply at The Apline Lodge in Lake Rotoiti when booking your boat with Diverse Boat Company.

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Abel Tasman

The Abel Tasman National Park which was established in 1942, is renowned for its golden beaches, sculptured granite cliffs, and world-famous Abel Tasman Coast Track.

It also has a mild climate and is a good place to visit at any time of the year. The Abel Tasman is home to a diverse array of animals and as such is a marine reserve. This reserve provides a safe haven for the marine wildlife in the area.  The Abel Tasman is home to the New Zealand fur seal, which can be seen swimming in the blue waters or resting on rocks along the coastline. Please ensure you keep a safe distance in order to protect this reserve.

The Abel Tasman is a great place to fish, scuba dive or snorkel, just see how big the crayfish grow. All scuba gear can also be hired from Diverse Boat Company. Every year a large number of finfish, rock lobster and shellfish are taken by recreational fishers. Fishing is prohibited in certain areas of Tasman and Nelson district waterways including Tonga Island Marine Reserve in the Abel Tasman.
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Elaine Bay in the Marlborough Sounds

elaine-bay3Elaine Bay is set in the heart of the Marlborough Sounds, a must see destination for any explorer. The Marlborough Sounds are best viewed from the water with intricate waterways and inlets making up a fifth of New Zealand's coastline.

There are four Sounds that link together to make the Marlborough Sounds, each offers a different experience. One of the Sounds is Pelorus sound, where Elaine bay and many other bays and inlets such as Deep Bay, Penzance Bay and Tennyson Inlet are located.

Each bay and inlet in the Marlborough Sounds offers spectacular breath taking views of bush-clad hills and tranquil deserted beaches and bays. Click on the map below for more detail.



Okiwi Bay in the Marlborough Sounds

Okiwi Bay is located in Croisilles Harbour in the Marlborough Sounds. Owiki Bay has many secluded bays to explore and enjoy or you can choose to relax is this peaceful paradise. Enjoy what the sea has to offer with excellent fishing, snapper, and blue cod to name but a few, as well as crayfishing, scalloping and wreck diving. 

Why not take some time out to explore what the wonderful region of Nelson, Marlborough and the Sounds has to offer.

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