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

  • Silent Retreat - Weekend Yoga Retreat (Mar 5th - Mar 5th) There is no noise in the world. There is no peace in the Himalayas. Both are within you! Periods of silence bring us space and a quality of distance and objectivity in our interactions. We start to break free from our ...
  • Ron Valente's - Open Mic Thursdays (Jan 1st - Mar 26th) Ron Valente (of the Gypsy Pickers) hosts the Brigand Cafe Bar's popular open mic nights. Every Thursday from 9pm. Always lots of fun, surprise musicians and dancing. No cover charge.
  • Bella Kalolo (Mar 7th - Mar 7th) Bella’s Soul Sessions – Bella Kalolo Tour 5-29 March 2015 If you’re not acquainted with Bella Kalolo, then you’ve not experienced New Zealand soul at its finest! This Samoan, Tongan and Maori (Ngati Porou) ...
  • The Lonesome Pine Specials with Archer (Aus) (Mar 8th - Mar 8th) 'The Lonesome Pine Specials' are an old-time music revival. They bring songs steeped in the musical tradition of Southern Americana. They lift their voices with an unadorned purity reminiscent of The Carter Family, and ...
  • Anthonie Tonnon (Mar 19th - Mar 19th) Solo show - Narrative rock songwriter Anthonie Tonnon takes on an extensive tour of New Zealand in March, to celebrate the release of 'Successor' on Canapé King Records and Southbound Distribution on March 6th 2015.
  • Mantra, Meditation & Reflection Retreat - Navaratri Sadhana (Mar 20th - Mar 20th) Experience the power of mantra to clear the mind, enhance relaxation, and create an overall feeling of wellbeing. Participate in a powerful and transforming ancient sound tradition (nada yoga), and discover the ...