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

  • (Feb 7th - Feb 7th) AceTones are very excited to be touring this summer with their brand new EP in hand. The Mussel Inn is regarded as one of the countries finest music venue and a legendary place for a great night out. DJ Mighty ... Mussel Inn
  • (Jun 4th - Mar 31st 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. No cover charge. The Brigand Cafe and Bar
  • (Feb 13th - Feb 13th) Sonic Delusion is launching their new album "Without Warning" together with a new beer from Mike's Brewery with the same name created and inspired by this new album. More about the album: Without Warning is an album ... Mussel Inn
  • (Feb 14th - Feb 14th) The Love Vibration brought to you on Valentines Day by the M.A.D. Skool, Making A Difference Food and health stalls, art exhibitions and live music. Stalls are Koha for stall holders Golden Bay High School
  • (Feb 24th - Feb 24th) Carnivorous Plant Society AOTNZ Tour 12 February - 3 March 2016 A Mexican fantasy band with futuristic sci-fi space sounds and spine chilling nuances drawn from Stephen King novels…. The Carnivorous Plant Society ... Mussel Inn
  • (Feb 24th - Feb 28th) One of the most powerful methods of gaining greater knowledge of ourselves is to study the Tattwas, the basic elements of our nature. These include the five physical elements: earth, water, fire, air and space, as well ... Anahata Yoga Retreat