Takaka is located at the south eastern end of Golden Bay in the Nelson region. With a community that includes many alternative lifestylers, it’s a town full of character. There’s a small museum, a movie theatre and a great choice of shops and cafés. The town also offers plenty of value-for-money accommodation, including backpacker lodges, B&Bs and homestays.
Other nearby attractions include Waikoropupu Springs, the largest freshwater springs in New Zealand, and an art trail that will reveal the region’s creativity. more
A nature lover’s paradise, there is just one road in and out of Golden Bay, and those who travel over the ‘Marble Mountain’ or Takaka Hill, are richly rewarded by sweeping views of rugged mountains, fertile valleys and stunning beaches.
Base yourself in the townships of Takaka or Collingwood and take your time to explore this unique region.
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Mobile-friendly - Sliding down water polished chutes, jumping into crystal clear pools, abseiling through showering waterfalls, and flying down ziplines. Abel Tasman Canyons provides exciting and action-packed guided canyoning trips in the Abel Tasman National Park, the Kahurangi National Park and Mt Richmond Forest Park. Canyoning: the best adventure to get roped into.
Mobile-friendly - Anahata Yoga Retreat is a residential yoga centre near Takaka. Set in stunning surroundings next to the Abel Tasman National Park, it overlooks Golden Bay and beyond to the sea. The focus is on yogic lifestyle and training, health, awareness, relaxation and imbibing yogic skills to create balance in every day life through our Yoga Solutions for Life™.
Mobile-friendly - Welcome to Anatoki Lodge Motel in the heart of Takaka, Golden Bay - 11 spacious modern groundfloor motel units with sunny patios, courtyards, broadband wireless internet and indoor solar heated swimming pool (seasonal). Close to Waikoropupu Springs, Kahurangi National Park, Heaphy Track and Abel Tasman National Park. Easy walk to Takaka's shops, restaurants, movie theatre, art galleries and cafes.
Mobile-friendly - You'll find a unique freshwater fishing activity in Golden Bay just 100 km from Nelson. Situated on the banks of the Anatoki River between Kahurangi and Abel Tasman National Park, you can relax and catch your very own premium Chinook salmon. Have it hot smoked ready to eat in our cafe, or take away fresh for the BBQ.
Mobile-friendly - Golden Bay Coachlines operate daily scheduled services from Nelson to Golden Bay, Abel Tasman National Park and the Heaphy Track via Richmond, Motueka, Takaka and Collingwood. We also provide bus charters in Golden Bay. Operating modern air-conditioned coaches, join us as we take you on a scenic journey through limestone outcrops, rolling hills and vast golden beaches.
Kahurangi National Park is NZs second largest park and home to the famous Heaphy Track which attracts over 4,000 walkers every year. While there is a range of other tracks to enable you to explore some of the oldest rocks, strangest plants and rarest birds in the country, the park has lots of untracked wilderness with rivers and coastal forests.
Located in Takaka. We offer private transport and tranfers throughout the Upper South Island. We can drop you off at the start of the Heaphy track and pick you up at the end at a time to suit you. We can offer specialize mountain bike transport with our purposely build trailer to all of the beautiful tracks in the region.
The Pupu Hydro Walkway (Te Waikoropupū Springs) retraces an old gold-mining water race, which has been reused for power generation. Although the climb to the water race line is a little steep, the first section, across Waikoropupu River to the power station is an easy grade suitable for all ages.
Righto, you mountain bike demons ... here's one for you: Indulge your downhill passion on a wicked ride that starts at the top of Takaka Hill - that steep marble mountain which sticks out like a sore thumb on the road to Golden Bay at the inland corner of the Abel Tasman National Park.
Rawhiti Cave is a decent walk up a steep gully. But the effort is worth it. This cave is different to others as it receives winter sun. So the the stalactites at the cave entrance and within the cave itself contain plant matter that are attracted to the light ( Phytokarst features ).
Mobile-friendly - Welcome to Shady Rest in sunny, beautiful Golden Bay. Shady Rest is an original, grand, historic residence located on Takaka's main street, set back from the road amongst tall and beautiful native trees. Whether you are on a family holiday or business trip, you will be well looked after by your host.
Mobile-friendly - 800m from Takaka and set amongst scenic karst rock formations, these private open-plan Chalets with ensuite accommodate two people but are large enough for up to four with a sofabed and/or fold-out single bed. Features include large bathrooms with European style showers, TV/DVD player, air-conditioning and free WiFi. Local attractions include Labyrinth Rocks Park, Te Waikoropupu springs and Farewell Spit.
Mobile-friendly - Wild Places Wild Game is a Free Range Hunting Outfitter and Guide based in Motueka at the top of the South Island of New Zealand. We pride ourselves on tailoring trips to our client needs. Hunting all over the South Island of New Zealand for Free Range Red Deer and Stags, Tahr, Chamois, Wild Boar, Goats and Small Game animals.
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QPR Gatekeeper Training - Suicide Prevention Workshop
Foundations in Suicide Prevention. QPR is an internationally-renowned, evidence based suicide prevention training programme that increases awareness and knowledge related to understanding suicide, how to identify who ...
Where: Nelson Hospital, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
Address: 98 Waimea Rd, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
From: 8:30am on Thursday 14th December 2017
To: 1:00pm on Thursday 14th December 2017
Centre for Fine Woodworking Exhibition
The Centre for Fine Woodworking is New Zealand's premier furniture making, woodworking & design school with an internationally renowned reputation. The annual exhibition of student work from graduates of the 32-week ...
Where: Refinery ArtSpace, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
Address: 3 Halifax St, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
From: 10:00am on Friday 8th December 2017
To: 2:00pm on Saturday 13th January 2018
Walk With Me
Please join Sister Shalom and the Nelson Centre of Mindful Living for a very special Nelson screening of this inspiring movie of life of the world-renowned Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh and the Community of Plum Village. ...
Where: The Suter Theatre, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
Address: 208 Bridge St, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
From: 6:00pm on Friday 15th December 2017
To: 8:00pm on Friday 15th December 2017
The Dream Team
The show of your dreams. Literally. Brendon and Criss are experts on dreams: Brendon has read almost the entirety of the prologue to Freud’s Interpretation of Dreams, and Criss has had several dreams. Now, as the ...
Where: Ghost Light Theatre, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
Address: 146 Bridge Street, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
From: 7:30pm on Friday 15th December 2017
To: 11:00pm on Saturday 16th December 2017
The Christmas Journey
Come on a journey to the city of Bethlehem on a night that changed history. Follow the star and your Roman Centurion guide through the ancient city, meeting characters and taking part in experiences along the way as if ...
Where: Headingly Centre, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
Address: 452 Lower Queen St, Richmond, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
From: 5:00pm on Friday 15th December 2017
To: 9:00pm on Sunday 17th December 2017
A Very Broadway Christmas Party 2017
Nelson Lioness Club and Nelson Theatrix are thrilled to present the first every Very Broadway Christmas. A Christmas fundraiser in support of Postnatal Depression Support Nelson. Come and celebrate the start of ...
Where: Nelson Musical Theatre, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
Address: 95 Atawhai Drive, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
From: 3:00pm on Saturday 16th December 2017
To: 5:00pm on Saturday 16th December 2017
Theme: Trail of Dreams The celebrations begin with a sprinkling of sleep dust as you make your way up the hill to the Centre of New Zealand. Along the track you will discover ethereal installations and surreal ...
Where: Botanical Reserve, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
Address: Milton Street, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
From: 7:00pm on Saturday 16th December 2017
To: 10:00pm on Saturday 16th December 2017
Unique Crafters 2nd Christmas Market
This is the 2nd Christmas Market held by Unique Crafters. It features local crafts of a high quality. There will be unique handmade crafts for purchase as Christmas gifts. There will be a small admission charge of $2.00 ...
Where: Trafalgar Hall, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
Address: 67 Trafalgar St, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
From: 10:00am on Saturday 16th December 2017
To: 2:30pm on Saturday 16th December 2017
Chroma Chamber Choir Christmas Concert
Christmas is coming! Why not celebrate with Chroma Chamber Choir with Nigel Weeks, instrumental ensemble, guest soloists and brass! We will be presenting works by Vaughan Williams, Lauridsen, Kodaly, Douglas K Mews and ...
Where: Nelson Christ Church Cathedral, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
Address: Trafalgar Square, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
From: 7:30pm on Saturday 16th December 2017
To: 9:30pm on Saturday 16th December 2017
Souldrop NZ Tour
9pm -12am Souldrop Live On Tour. Boogie Nights Disco. This summer, funk rock band Souldrop are road tripping out of Christchurch to bring their unique sound to the North. Kicking off with a couple of shows around ...
Where: Liquid NZ Bar, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
Address: 75 Bridge Street, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
From: 9:00pm on Saturday 16th December 2017
To: 3:00am on Sunday 17th December 2017