YHA Golden Bay


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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  • 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.


  • (Jun 4th - Jan 14th 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, surprise musicians and dancing. No cover charge. The Brigand Cafe and Bar
  • (Dec 5th - Dec 5th) Wellington based singer songwriter Emma Davey is touring in support of her debut album "The Court of Love". Promising an entertaining evening with a mix of originals spanning blues/soul and country with the odd ... Mussel Inn
  • (Dec 10th - Dec 10th) Described as the closest thing New Zealand has to Captain Beefheart and HLAH+Sam Hunt Freaky Meat needs to be seen to be believed, playing with Motueka based Queen Street Crusher are two not to be missed acts. Get them ... Roots Bar
  • (Dec 12th - Dec 12th) Come get some quality entertainment from one of New Zealand's most exciting new bands at one of New Zealand's most exciting venues. Impressing audiences across New Zealand since their debut performance at the ... Mussel Inn
  • (Dec 31st - Dec 31st) "Hot rhythms and feel-good music with the power of soul!" The Gypsy Pickers are a multi-instrument duo known for their engaging live performances that have kept them busy on the NZ and international touring ... Penguin Cafe & Bar
  • (Jan 3rd - Jan 3rd) TV’s Michael Van de Elzen will be cooking Anatoki Salmon, Golden Bay cockles and Venison pies - Mike style! He’ll also be judging the food stalls’ cooking and recipes. And there will be a Take Note book signing of ... Collingwood Recreation Ground