YHA Golden Bay

Description

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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  • BBQ
  • Bicycle Storage
  • Disabled Facilities
  • EFTPOS
  • Internet Access
  • Library Exchange
  • Luggage Storage
  • Mastercard
  • Parking
  • TV Room
  • VISA
  • Walk or kayak the Abel Tasman Track at Abel Tasman National Park, a half hour's drive from YHA Golden Bay in Takaka.
  • Visit 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.

Events

  • (Jun 4th - Mar 31st 2016) Ron Valente (of the Gypsy Pickers) hosts the Brigand Cafe & Bar's popular open mic nights. Every Thursday from 9pm. Always lots of fun with good music, surprise musicians and dancing. No cover charge. The Brigand Cafe and Bar
  • (Feb 24th - Feb 24th) Carnivorous Plant Society AOTNZ Tour 12 February - 3 March 2016 A Mexican fantasy band with futuristic sci-fi space sounds and spine chilling nuances drawn from Stephen King novels…. The Carnivorous Plant Society ... Mussel Inn
  • (Feb 24th - Feb 28th) One of the most powerful methods of gaining greater knowledge of ourselves is to study the Tattwas, the basic elements of our nature. These include the five physical elements: earth, water, fire, air and space, as well ... Anahata Yoga Retreat
  • (Mar 2nd - Mar 2nd) Country sensation, Eb & Sparrow tour 2 March – 2 April Touring for the first time with Arts On Tour NZ, Wellington based Eb & Sparrow, a five piece band led by Ebony Lamb is cementing its reputation as one of the ... Mussel Inn
  • (Mar 7th - Mar 13th) During this week long retreat, we will develop an attitude of mindfulness and apply it to a variety of yoga and meditation practices. We will explore self-analysis techniques and cultivate a perspective conducive to ... Anahata Yoga Retreat
  • (Mar 9th - Mar 9th) Three widely acclaimed songwriters from New Zealand and Australia will team up this coming March for an urban folk tour of New Zealand. The trio will play together and alone - flipping a coin to decide the set order. ... Mussel Inn