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
  • Internet Access
  • Library Exchange
  • Luggage Storage
  • Parking
  • TV Room
  • 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

  • (Sep 4th - Sep 4th) The trees that were planted last spring have been doing pretty well though there have been a few losses. We have about 500 trees this spring to fill the gaps. So, if you are about in the Bay on Sunday 4 September we will ... Payne's Ford Scenic Reserve
  • (Sep 12th - Sep 18th) “Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.” - Aristotle An interactive yoga lifestyle retreat with practical tools to bring into your daily life. Give yourself the space and time to learn more about ... Anahata Yoga Retreat
  • (Sep 18th - Sep 18th) Cultural misunderstandings and poignant comedy - ‘Under the Same Moon’ – AOTNZ tour September 2016. A wayward Hong Kong matriarch arrives in NZ uninvited for her grand-daughter’s wedding. Cue cultural ... Mussel Inn
  • (Sep 20th - Sep 20th) Hot on the heels of the release of her new #1 album “Water Or Gold” and her successful national album release tour with her band, Hollie Smith embarks on a tour across New Zealand for a series of intimate acoustic ... Mussel Inn
  • (Sep 24th - Sep 24th) Jake Stokes & The Smoking Barrels have reloaded and are set to pull the trigger on their next tour throughout September 2016, on the back of Jake’s new EP, Before We’re All Dead. Praised as New Zealand’s answer ... Mussel Inn
  • (Sep 25th - Sep 25th) Walks 2 D’Feet MND are being held all over New Zealand as the main annual fundraiser for the Motor Neurone Disease Association of NZ. Half of the funds we raise will go towards supporting MND research in New Zealand ... Takaka Village Green