The Golden Bay district, at the northwest corner of the South Island, New Zealand, and about 70 kilometres northwest of Nelson, is a coastal area bordered by the ranges of Kahurangi National Park and Abel Tasman National Park.
The population of approximately 4500 triples over summer with an influx of visitors, who enjoy its natural beauty, recreational opportunities and festival culture.
Takaka is the main business and shopping area for the Golden Bay district. It is located in the lower reaches of the Takaka River Valley at the southern end of the bay.
Collingwood is Goldenbay's second biggest town and was once a candidate for the site of the nations capital though today it principly act as a service hub for the surrounding farming community and a destination for holiday makers during the summer month.
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