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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  • 24 Hour Guest Access
  • BBQ
  • Bedding Provided
  • Bicycle Storage
  • Bicycles Available
  • Book Exchange
  • Communal Dining Area
  • Communal Lounge
  • EFTPOS, Visa & Mastercard
  • Food Storage
  • Free Onsite Parking
  • Free WiFi (Limited)
  • Fully Equipped Kitchen
  • Games Available
  • Garden or Outdoor Area
  • Guitar
  • Hair Dryers
  • Herb Garden
  • Hot Water Bottles Available
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Luggage Storage
  • Recycling Stations
  • Secure Bedrooms
  • Towel Hire
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • 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 23rd - Jun 23rd) Wellington-based guitarist/singer/songwriter Tyson Smith will be performing two solo gigs around the top of the South Island this week. Original music with blues, folk-rock, world music and free improvised elements. Mussel Inn
  • (Jun 14th - Jun 28th) Open Mic Night hosted by Ron Valente (Gypsy Pickers) at the Roots Bar, Takaka. Every Thursday. This is a popular night for locals and travellers, with some great musicians. Bring your instruments, songs and dancing ... Roots Bar
  • (Jun 28th - Jun 28th) Earth Guardians Golden Bay and Tasman District Council are pleased to host a rerun of this popular presentation about zero waste living in Takaka. If you missed this event earlier this year, then you're in luck because ... Golden Bay Recreation Park
  • (Jul 2nd - Jul 8th) Here by popular request – Yoga, Yoga and more Yoga. “Ha” (sun) and “tha” (moon) – Hatha Yoga Immersion. Dive into the modern and historical practice and theory of Hatha Yoga. Suitable for all ... Anahata Yoga Retreat
  • (Jun 11th - Jul 8th) The Yogic Life Skills retreat offers a 4 week easy-entry path in to a more conscious lifestyle. It begins with the 7-day Explore Your ‘Self’ Retreat, and continues with a residential 3 week stay of yogic lifestyle ... Anahata Yoga Retreat
  • (Jul 16th - Jul 22nd) “Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.” - Aristotle Begin your yogic journey on this introductory retreat - become immersed in the beauty and simplicity of a yogic lifestyle on our signature retreat. ... Anahata Yoga Retreat