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 - Jun 30th 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. The Brigand Cafe and Bar
  • (May 6th - May 8th) We look into yogic practices with a focus on the health and well-being of a woman's unique body, mind and spirit. Find new levels of acceptance of your ‘self’, soothe the body, let go of the mind and honour your ... Anahata Yoga Retreat
  • (May 9th - May 15th) “Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.” - Aristotle An interactive yoga lifestyle retreat with practical tools to bring into your daily life. Give yourself the space and time to learn more about ... Anahata Yoga Retreat
  • (May 14th - May 14th) Into the East’s Liv McBride and Graeme Woller were crowned 2014 National Country Music Duo of the Year and nominated for the 2014 Taite Music Prize as well as 2014 Best NZ Folk Album (for Fight from the Inside). ... Mussel Inn
  • (May 15th - May 15th) An iconic 15km run that starts at the bottom of the Takaka Hill and finishes at the top. Just $5 entry open to all runners and walkers who wish to take up the challenge of competing in this event. Enter on the ... Takaka Hill
  • (May 23rd - May 29th) This retreat offers you the perfect opportunity to experience practices that direct the emotions, harmonize the body and balance the mind. With a focus on incorporating sound, music and vibration in our lives to relax ... Anahata Yoga Retreat