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
  • Street 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

  • (Apr 21st - Apr 30th) Yoga Nidra, Basic Breathing Methods and Restorative Yoga are key practices to equip aspirants and practitioners with yogic skills and techniques for self-support as well as clients and or students. The methods taught in ... Anahata Yoga Retreat
  • (Nov 10th - May 25th 2017) Open Mic Night hosted by Ron Valente (Gypsy Pickers) at the Brigand Cafe, Takaka. Every Thursday. This is a popular night for locals and travellers. Bring your instruments, songs and dancing shoes for a fun and ... The Brigand Cafe and Bar
  • (May 6th - May 6th) This is part of a nationwide album release tour celebrating the release of "This Material World" Sonic Delusion's 4th studio album. Too funky for folk and too folky for funk - that's Sonic Delusion's Latin-infused, ... Mussel Inn
  • (May 11th - May 14th) “Yoga attunes a woman to the intuitive language of her heart… She is the ebb and flow of the tides, the changing seasons, the cycles of the moon.” - Swami Karma Karuna. Give yourself a nurturing weekend that is ... Anahata Yoga Retreat
  • (May 13th - May 13th) An evening of songs, stories and guitar instrumentals from one of NZ's most accomplished and internationally recognised 'folk' artists. Andrew will be showcasing songs from his new album 'Beautiful Trouble', as well ... Mussel Inn
  • (May 14th - May 14th) An iconic 15km run that starts at the bottom of the Takaka Hill and finishes at the top. Just $5 entry open to all runners and walkers who wish to take up the challenge of competing in this event. Enter on the ... Takaka Hill