Collingwood has become a destination for many travellers who seek out nature. There are many activities. As the northern gateway to Kahurangi National Park from here you can launch yourself onto the Heaphy Track, one of New Zealand’s Great Walks (also open to mountain bikers May – November). Take a 4WD Bus eco-tour along the entire length of Farewell Spit that showcases amazing birdlife, fur seals, marine fossils and wind sculptured dunes, or walk into Wharariki Beach to view the huge rock formations that that people come from all over the world to photograph. Explore the beautiful Aorere Valley on mountain bikes, stopping off at the historic Langfords store for a tea and scones and a swim at Salisbury Falls along the way. Take your kayak for a local paddle around the Aorere Estuary or explore Wanganui Inlet’s tidal arms and channels. Other local activities include horse treks over Old Man’s Range (known as the best scenic ride in NZ), catch and release saltwater fly fishing for Kingfish in the shallow golden bay waters north of Collingwood, or follow an arts trail for an enjoyable tour of vibrant and varied arts studios around the bay.
Approximate travel times to local attractions:
- 5 minutes drive to Milnthorpe Park- a scenic reserve with walking tracks.
- 10 minutes drive to the world renowned Mussel Inn with micro brewery
- 20 minute drive to Whanganui Inlet
- 20 minute drive to Waikoropupu Springs
- 30 minute drive to Farewell Spit and Cape Farewell
- 40 minute drive to Wharariki Beach carpark
- 40 minute drive to start of the Heaphy Track