YHA Golden Bay


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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  • 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.


  • (Jan 21st - Jan 21st) Golden Bay’s A&P show is a true country style, family-friendly show with lots to see and do. Get up close to the prize-winning cattle, goats, sheep - cheer on the horse riders, choppers and shearers. Browse with ... Golden Bay Recreation Park
  • (Dec 30th - Feb 27th 2017) This exhibition is a photographic essay beginning with the aftermath of the September 2010 earthquake in Christchurch, including the devastating 2011 quake, and across the passage of time to the on going re-build. It ... Fairholme Gallery
  • (Nov 10th - Apr 20th 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
  • (Jan 26th - Jan 26th) The January 2017 campaign is taking Raw Collective to Takaka, Nelson and Blenheim for a little tour! Come check out the acclaimed 9 piece band from Wellington, with an action-packed, live hip-hop summer show! Roots Bar
  • (Jan 28th - Jan 28th) Kaney & Seedy are heading up the road at the end of the month to the beautiful Tasman/Golden Bay area for a couple of 2 piece shows! The LOR 2-Piece Quarter Pack. Playing songs from all 3 LP’s - ‘Nuggety’, ... Mussel Inn
  • (Feb 1st - Feb 8th) Luminate is a vibrant summer festival of contemporary live & electronic music, visual & performing arts, inspirational knowledge sharing, and pioneering environmental initiatives. Located at the top of the south island ... Takaka Hill