YHA Golden Bay


Golden Bay, under two hours' drive west of Nelson at the north of the South Island, is one of those magical New Zealand places that Kiwis would probably prefer to keep secret. Golden Bay is a mecca for backpackers and Takaka town is the perfect base for exploring the many nearby sights and attractions, especially Abel Tasman National Park. Just a half hour's drive away from Takaka is the start of the Abel Tasman Track at the delightful Wainui Bay or one hour to Totaranui beach. Closer to Takaka are the famous Te Waikoropupu (Pupu) Springs, a sacred place for local Maori and considered to be the clearest fresh water springs in the world.

Golden Bay is well-known for its golden beaches like Tata and Wainui and famous Pohara and Wharariki but also has many beautiful rivers, tramps and native bush. Go sea kayaking, visit the Wainui falls, go for a 4-wheel drive tour down Farewell Spit, have a caving adventure on Takaka Hill, take a trip to Wharariki beach to see seals, go horse trekking along the beach or explore the sea caves or Pillar Point Lighthouse. There is simply too much to do in Golden Bay, you’ll need to stay at the YHA Golden Bay hostel for a month.


By Car:

109km from Nelson on SH60. As you pass Takaka i-site on your left hand side, turn right at the first turning. We are about 200m on your left hand side from there.

By Bus/Shuttle:

Bus from Picton, Nelson, Abel Tasman and Heaphy Track to door


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  • Walk or kayak the Abel Tasman Track at Abel Tasman National Park, a half hour's drive from YHA Golden Bay in Takaka.
  • Visit or scuba dive at Te Waikoropupu (Pupu) Springs – the amazing freshwater clarity has to be seen to be believed
  • Check out the great nearby beaches, especially Pohara and Wharariki with its sea caves, horse treks and wild seals.


  • Open Mic Night (Apr 10th - May 1st) Open Mic Night at the Brigand Cafe in Takaka, hosted by Ron Valente of the Gypsy Pickers. A fun and popular night. Bring your songs, instruments and dancing shoes.
  • 'Visions' Exhibition and 'Deep in the Woods' (Apr 1st - Apr 27th) Fairholme Gallery in Golden Bay has opened a new exhibition that includes one solo show plus a small group show of paintings to run through to the end of the current season, from 1st to 27th April, after which time the ...
  • Sika & The Tigga Soundsystem (May 2nd - May 2nd) Merging the extraordinary music of two old friends, from different sides of the planet, this is the launch of a mini tour by our local musician Sika. Many of you will have already seen Sika playing Didjeridoo, drum and ...
  • Dave Upfold - Comedy Stage Hypnotist (May 27th - May 28th) Open to the public. " A " Netball Team Fundraiser. As seen on TV3's "Campbell Live" programme, Dave Upfold is known for his energetic, engaging and enthralling live show involving audience participation and utilising ...
  • Wheel of Experience (May 29th - May 29th) Wonderful musicianship, NZ stories - Wheel of Experience tour May 2014 Three consummate performers and epic original songs – ‘Wheel of Experience’ brings the ‘wild west’ of New Zealand to exuberant ...
  • Takaka Rugby Football Club 50th Jubilee (May 30th - Jun 1st) The Takaka Rugby Football Club is planning to celebrate at Queens Birthday weekend 2014 the 50 years since the club was formed in February 1964. All past and present players, managers and committee members are ...

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