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 - You'll find a unique freshwater fishing activity in Golden Bay just 100km 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. Open 7 days.
Destination Tasman is a locally owned and operated business based in Motueka run by locals Chrissy and Gary who have been involved in the hospitality and tourism industry for over 20 years. Destination Tasman operate a pick up and drop off service from many locations including, Motueka, Kaiteriteri, Takaka, Collingwood, Marahau, Mapua, Nelson and everywhere in between.
Operating scheduled flights between Wellington, Karamea, Nelson and Takaka, Golden Bay. Spectacular scenic flights from Takaka and Abel Tasman. Fly/cruise packages to experience both Abel Tasman National Park and Golden Bay without retracing your steps. All flights connect with our daily shuttle services to Heaphy Track and Abel Tasman National Park. Rental Car available in Takaka to explore Golden Bay.
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.
Mobile-friendly - Mountain Bike transport, Tramping Transport, and general tourism transport in the upper South Island of New Zealand. We provide chartered transport solutions to fit your needs so that you are not bound by inconvenient schedules. Our most popular services are Heaphy Track transport, Abel Tasman transport, Old Ghost Road transport, Cobb Valley transport and many more.
Mobile-friendly - Just 5 minutes walk to Patons Rock beach, 10 minutes drive from Takaka, Patons Rock Beach Villas are the ideal choice for the discerning holidaymaker. With 4 spacious 2-bedroom villas & beach baches, all have garden views from every window.Located well off the road, you will feel like you have the whole place to yourself.
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 - Located within walking distance from Takaka township, 800m. Quiet and private location, set amongst scenic karst rock formations with small cave, glow worm grotto. Spacious open-plan Chalets with en-suites which can accommodate up to four. Features include kitchenettes, BBQs, heat pump, air conditioning, free WiFi, TV/DVD player, DVD library, books and various inside/outside games. On site coin operated laundry.
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Nelson Symphony Orchestra: Last Night of the Proms
About the same time as the BBC Proms draws to a close in the Royal Albert Hall in London with the traditional Last Night of the Proms, the Nelson Symphony Orchestra will present its own version. The traditional ...
Where: Nelson Centre of Musical Arts, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
Address: 48 Nile St, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
From: 7:30pm on Saturday 21st September 2019
To: 4:00pm on Sunday 22nd September 2019
The Big Spring Sing
A unique group of seven community choirs from across the region perform individually and as one Magnificent Mass Choir in full surround sound! 190 voices celebrate the arrival of Spring with a cappella songs from around ...
Where: Nelson College, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
Address: 67 Waimea Rd, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
From: 2:30pm on Saturday 21st September 2019
To: 11:59pm on Saturday 21st September 2019
Plant-Based Lifestyle - Workshop
A recent study published in The Lancet Journal in 2017 found that sub-optimal diet is responsible for more deaths than any other risks globally, including smoking. Diets low in plant based whole foods were the leading ...
Where: NMIT - Creative Industries Building, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
Address: 61 Nile Street, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
From: 3:00pm on Sunday 22nd September 2019
To: 4:15pm on Sunday 22nd September 2019
Nelson Cherry Blossom Festival 2019
Come and enjoy a programme of music, food & entertainment under the cherry blossom trees to celebrate the Japanese culture and the 43-year Sister City connection between Nelson & Miyazu. The event programme includes ...
Where: Miyazu Gardens, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
Address: Atawhai Drive, Atawhai, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
From: 11:30am on Sunday 22nd September 2019
To: 3:00pm on Sunday 22nd September 2019
Guided Sanctuary Walks
The Brook Waimārama Sanctuary is a fully fenced and pest free 690 hectares, just six km from Nelson’s city centre. During Conservation Week, we are offering the opportunity to take a guided walk in this special area ...
Where: Brook Waimarama Sanctuary, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
Address: 600 Brook St, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
From: 10:00am on Sunday 22nd September 2019
To: 1:00pm on Sunday 22nd September 2019
Monty's Sunday Market
Monty's Sunday Market is a mecca for treasure hunters of pre-loved clothes, recycled tools, books, CDs etc, antiques, collectables, homewares, produce, toys, retro, new and imported goods. There are also fresh produce ...
Where: Montgomery Square, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
Address: 1 Montgomery Square, nelson, new zealand, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
From: 8:00am on Sunday 23rd June 2019
To: 1:00pm on Sunday 2nd February 2020
A class designed to support our new teachers and the local community in deepening into their yoga practice. Entry by Koha (donation, these are then put to a scholarship for the next teacher training).
Where: Studio Evolve, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
Address: 1 Kinzett Terrace, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
From: 9:30am on Sunday 23rd June 2019
To: 10:30am on Sunday 22nd December 2019
Kura Pounamu: Our Treasured Stone
An exhibition of more than 200 pounamu greenstone treasures, Kura Pounamu tells the story of this most precious of stones, its significance to Māori, and its enduring value from ancient times until today. ...
Where: The Nelson Provincial Museum, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
Address: Cnr Hardy & Trafalgar Sts, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
From: 10:00am on Monday 2nd September 2019
To: 4:00pm on Sunday 24th November 2019
Cardio Latino (Latin Fitness)
Come and join the Latino fever! Learn how to dance all this styles while you're exercising your whole body in this super upbeat fitness class. Merengue, Reggaeton, Axé, Cumbia, Mambo, Afro, Son, Latin Street, ...
Where: Peta Spooner Academy of Dance, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
Address: Cnr Hastings & St Vincent St, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
From: 7:40pm on Monday 15th July 2019
To: 8:40pm on Monday 23rd September 2019
Dru Yoga Classes
Strengthen your body! Relax your mind! Open your heart! Perfect for all ages, states of health and levels of fitness. Soft and flowing yet powerful movements and sequences, proven to ease physical discomfort & relieve ...
Where: Tahunanui Community Centre, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
Address: 61 Muritai St, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
From: 5:30pm on Monday 1st July 2019
To: 7:00pm on Monday 30th September 2019