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Destination guides > Pacific Islands > New Zealand > Nelson-Tasman Region > Golden Bay > Takaka


Takaka is the main hub of Golden Bay. It is a small town with strong hippy culture and an alternative vibe, which gives it a lot more character than the average New Zealand town. There are lots of art and craft shops, but not much in the way of attractions. The main reasons travellers come here are to work on farms and to travel north to Farewell Spit.

Practical information

Golden Bay i-SITE Visitor Centre

Willow Street, Takaka
Tel (03) 525 9136
Website www.nelsonnz.com
Open 9am-5pm daily

Coming & going

Abel Tasman Coachlines (tel (03) 548 0285), InterCity Coachlines (tel (03) 365 1113) and Southern Link K Bus (tel (03) 358 8355 or 0508 458 835) connect Takaka with Motueka and Nelson. Buses stop outside the i-SITE visitor information centre on Willow Street.

Hostel accommodation

Annie’s Nirvana Lodge

25 Motupipi Street, Takaka
Tel (03) 525 8766

Carlconna House

104 Commercial Street, Takaka
Tel 0800 580 480

The Gazebo

7 Hiawatha Lane, Takaka
Tel (03) 525 7055

No booking fee when you book this hostel online at bug.co.uk

Golden Bay Barefoot Backpackers

114 Commercial Street, Takaka
Tel (03) 525 7005


73 Motupipi Street, Takaka
Tel (03) 525 6261 or 0800 80 KIWIANA

The Nook

678 Abel Tasman Drive, Clifden, Pohara
Tel (03) 525 8501

The River Inn

Waitapu Road, Takaka
Tel (03) 525 9425

Eating & drinking

Takaka is a health nut’s paradise. There are organic shops and fruit and veggie markets everywhere, plus lots of healthy cafés and restaurants. Most places to eat and drink are clustered around Commercial Street.

Unfortunately, eating healthy usually comes with a high price tag. An exception is the Wholemeal Café (60 Commercial Street, Takaka) in the centre of town, where you can get quiches and lasagnes at takeaway prices. For a quick bite, head to Bay Take Away (46A Commercial Street, Takaka) where you can find all the usual snacks and lunch fare, plus some really good cheap fish and chips.

If you don’t want to blow the budget at the organic market in town, there is a FreshChoice supermarket (13 Willow Street, Takaka) near the beginning of Motupipi Street. You will probably need to stock up on cheap supplies here if you are heading out to Abel Tasman or another secluded destination.

Sightseeing, museums & tourist attractions

Golden Bay Museum & Gallery

Golden Bay Museum and Gallery is housed in Takaka’s former post office. This small museum has displays on local history including a diorama depicting Abel Tasman’s fateful visit to Golden Bay in 1642.

Commercial Street, Takaka
Tel (03) 525 6268
Website www.virtualbay.co.nz/gbmuseum/
Admission free
Open summer 10am-4pm daily; winter Mon-Sat 10am-4pm

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