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YHA Golden Bay, Annie's Nirvana Lodge


Hostel Details & Location

Host: Allan & Miyuki McGarvey

Check in: 2:00 pm Check out: 10:00 am

Contact: +64 3 525 8766 Email this hostel

Reception: 9:00 am - 12pm & 2:30pm - 7:00 pm

Location: 25 Motupipi Street,


In Takaka township


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How to get here

We’re located on Motupipi St, 200m from the corner of Motupipi St and Takaka Valley Hwy. Free on-site parking is available; there is also a carpark directly behind the hostel.

Bus/Shuttle: Shuttles from Nelson to Takaka drop off at the Golden Bay Visitor Centre, 350m from the hostel. Walk left (north) on Takaka Valley Hwy, head right onto Motupipi St until you see the hostel on your left.

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YHA Golden Bay is a small, homely hostel set in a beautiful garden in easy walking distance of Takaka's main street restaurants and stores. The easy-going vibe of this backpackers will have you relaxing in no time; enjoy the board games and books in our lounge or spend time in our charming, vibrant outdoor dining area.

Choose small backpacker dormitory-style accommodation, or opt for more privacy in a detached unit. Our welcoming team are happy to help with travel tips and advice for your stay.

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Guests love:

  • Fully-equipped kitchen
  • Bicycles available
  • Outdoor area

Shared facilities:

  • WiFi available
  • Communal lounge
  • Communal dining area
  • Fully-equipped kitchen
  • Food storage area
  • Recycling stations
  • Outdoor area
  • BBQ
  • Herb garden
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Laundry facilities
  • Free onsite parking
  • 24 hour guest access

Entertainment and activities:

  • Games available
  • Guitar
  • Book exchange
  • Piano


  • After-hours check in on request
  • Luggage storage options
  • Travel & activity bookings
  • Hair dryers
  • Hot water bottles
  • Towel hire
  • Bicycles available
  • Bicycle storage

In-hostel payment options:

  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • New Zealand Dollars
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Some of our top picks for Golden Bay:

  • Walk or kayak the Abel Tasman Track, a half hour's drive to Wainui Bay 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
  • Tour out onto Farewell Spit, or go caving on Takaka Hill

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