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 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.

Events

  • Chakras & Psychology - Yoga Wisdom Retreat (Nov 17th - Nov 23rd) Chakras influence all the expressions of body, mind and spirit. Manage and transform personality and relationships by directing your energy. Knowledge of the chakras (energy centres in the body) provides a ...
  • Landscape: The Real, the Metaphor and the Ideal (Oct 26th - Dec 5th) A survey show combining recent and past works by artist/photographer Murray Hedwig. Limited edition archival prints.
  • Mindfulness Retreat - Yoga Wisdom (Nov 24th - Nov 30th) Standing tall in the Now will allow you to begin clearing out the chaos, moving towards peace and harmony. Learn powerful meditation techniques to move into a balanced yet flexible state of mind, able to sway like a ...
  • AAFF - Presents Rad Company (Nov 24th - Nov 24th) Aotearoa Adventure Film Festival is back and better than ever for 2014! Presented by Rotorua NZ.com, Torpedo7 and Spoke Magazine. We are pleased to announce a Takaka screening of the epic Red Bull/Freeride ...
  • Dave Upfold - Comedy Stage Hypnotist (Dec 4th - Dec 4th) Collingwood Area School Fundraiser. Open to the Public. Light Supper provided. The Hilarious Comedy Hypnosis Show. As seen on TV3's "Campbell Live" programme, Dave Upfold is known for his energetic, engaging ...
  • No Bones About It (USA/NZ) (Dec 6th - Dec 6th) Since picking up the banjo at age 12, Catherine (BB) Bowness has travelled throughout New Zealand, Australia and the United States playing and teaching bluegrass music. At age 15, she received the Frank Winter memorial ...