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 - Oct 1st) 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
  • (Sep 11th - Sep 11th) French pianist JF Robert will give a piano recital on Piano on Tour’s concert grand piano, in 1884 Golden Bay Anglican Church superb setting. Programme: Mozart: - Sonata No.4 KV282 in E flat ... Golden Bay Anglican Church
  • (Sep 12th - Sep 12th) Solo artist Anna Coddington and NYC-based duo Lips are excited to announce a headline tour where they will take to the stage as a three-piece for the first time ever! Showcasing the multi-instrumental talent and ... Mussel Inn
  • (Sep 17th - Sep 17th) This September sees Anika Moa, beautiful and famous singer/actor hit the road once again with her one and only band member Jol Mulholland and very, very special support act SJD aka Sean Donnelly. The tour travels most ... Mussel Inn
  • (Sep 19th - Sep 19th) New Zealand’s top Celtic Harpist, Helen Webby joins Guitar and Bouzouki Maestro Davy Stuart for an Arts on Tour NZ Concert Tour. The Tour recalls the familiar jigs, reels and airs of Ireland and Scotland and also ... Mussel Inn
  • (Sep 27th - Sep 27th) Wayne Mason, Rob Joass, Laura Collins and Andrew London - alone and together! Mussel Inn