Golden Bay

Golden Bay
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VicarRev. Philip Lyes
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The Parish of Golden Bay is situated on the north western tip of the South Island of New Zealand and is part of the Tasman District within the Nelson Diocese. 

Around two hours drive west from Nelson City, the road crosses the Takaka hill which gives panoramic views of both Tasman Bay and the Takaka Valley. It is a unique area, being bounded by mountains, two national parks (Abel Tasman and Kahurangi) and the Tasman Sea. 

Golden Bay is blessed with a temperate climate and provides employment in the service industries, farming, building and tourism. The constant stream of visitors triples the population during the summer period. It is a thriving community with many cultures and beliefs; an exciting and challenging mission for our Church.

Service Times: 
DayTimeLocationService
Sunday10:00amChurch of EpiphanyService with Sunday School
Sunday5:00pmSt Cuthbert's CollingwoodService with Sunday School

Takaka: The township of Takaka (population 1,500) is the commercial centre of this busy dairy farming community. To the west of the township lies Pohara Beach, Ligar Bay and Tata Beach and onward to Totaranui Beach. These are very popular areas in the summer offering long sandy beaches, safe swimming and boating facilities.

Takaka boasts a modern Supermarket, a range of shops to meet most needs, including a library, postal service, three banks, restaurants and cafes, a picture theatre, museum, and a range of holiday accommodation to suit all tastes. The Bay has a wide range of galleries where artists and sculptors display and sell their work with many boutique shops for tourists.

A large recreation park provides sports fields, squash and tennis courts. The district also boasts a good Brass Band, orchestra and choral society and a drama theatre, as well as a Lions and Probus club.

To meet its medical needs the community has a dental practice and a newly built Community Hospital with medical centre, and rest home.

Collingwood: Overlooking the Aorere Estuary is the township of Collingwood (population 200), a half hour drive from Takaka which serves a farming community and the tourist industry.

Collingwood is the gateway to the famous Heaphy Track and excursions along the Farewell Sand Spit, as well as numerous tramping tracks and popular beaches. From Collingwood, the road northwest takes you to the expansive Wharariki Beach and the Westhaven inlet.

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