It is protected in the north by Farewell Spit, a 26 km long arm of fine golden sand which is the country's longest sandspit. The Aorere and Takaka Rivers flow into the bay from the south. The Bay is known for being a popular tourist destination, because of its good weather and relaxed, friendly lifestyle. The bay was once a resting area for migrating whales and dolphins such as Southern Right Whales and Humpback Whales, and Pygmy blue whales may be observed off the bay as well.
Civil Defence Centres
Takaka Welfare Centre: Golden Bay Recreation Park, SH60
Collingwood Welfare Centre: Collingwood Area School, Lewis Street
* Please note, the venues listed above have been identified as preferred locations that potentially may be utilised as a Civil Defence Centre during or following an emergency event. These venues will not automatically be opened during or after an event. As a result members of the public wishing to utilise such facilities are encouraged to monitor the social media platforms and radio stations listed on this page in order to ascertain the venues that are open.
Radio stations - for the broadcast of urgent public messages (reception variable):
Red Cross Hazards App
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