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 28th - Oct 2nd) The word kriya means 'activity' or 'movement' and refers to the activity or movement of consciousness. It involves a powerful combination of yoga, pranayama (breathing practices), mudra (psychic gestures), bandha (energy ... Anahata Yoga Retreat
  • (Oct 5th - Oct 5th) Greg Copeland was born Gregory Andre Copeland in Portsmouth, Virginia (USA). There was always music being played in the Copeland household. Greg´s mother Delores Copeland was a Gospel Singer with an excellent ... Mussel Inn
  • (Jun 16th - Oct 10th) The word Hatha comes from the Sanskrit “ha” (sun) and “tha” (moon). The basic principle being to unite the opposite forces: the positive and the negative, the sun and the moon, in order to promote balance in the ... Anahata Yoga Retreat
  • (Oct 15th - Oct 15th) It’s music that makes you want to dance - spirited, wild and haunting. Now four top musicians have joined together to form the band of their dreams, The Kugels. Each musician is celebrated in his/her own right, ... Mussel Inn
  • (Oct 22nd - Oct 24th) Quilts and other items made by the Golden Bay Patchwork and Quilters Guild members in the last year. Guest exhibitors and merchants. Raffle, sales table and competition. Collingwood Memorial Hall
  • (Nov 9th - Nov 9th) Hopetoun Brown release their star-studded new album Look So Good with a thirteen date national tour! This is the same horn-heavy duo hand-picked by The Violent Fems to support their two sold-out St James shows in ... Mussel Inn