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

  • (Jan 1st - May 28th) 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. The Brigand Cafe and Bar
  • (May 18th - Jun 7th) May 18, 2015 to June 7, 2015 Yoga gives us practical tools to help us deal with the challenges of life, the mind, the body and the emotions. Explore three central themes of Yoga in-depth in each of these week-long ... Anahata Yoga Retreat
  • (May 29th - Jun 1st) Anne-Maree Therkleson (tango libre) and Cecilia Gonzalez (tangomotion) warmly invite you to workshops and milongas in Auckland and a Tango Retreat at Zatori in Golden Bay. Two weekends of glorious tango awaits ... Zatori
  • (Jun 10th - Jun 10th) This six session course is packed full of ideas, positive stories from parents still on the journey with their own tamariki and useful resources to help you build a great future for your whānau. The activities in this ... Golden Bay Community Centre
  • (Jun 27th - Jun 27th) Yoga Nidra Training Course (for Professionals) With Sw Karma Karuna, Sn Pragyadhara & Sn Mangalananda Starting: Saturday 27 June, 2015 Finishing: Sunday 05 July, 2015 Finding simple ways to effectively ... Anahata Yoga Retreat
  • (Jul 6th - Jul 12th) In this course you will: - Come to understand that the purpose of meditation is to develop a working relationship with the mind in order to recognize, accept and find release from the influence of ... Anahata Yoga Retreat