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 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.
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.
Golden Bay Lodge offers quality accommodation in an atmosphere of peace and privacy amidst splendid natural beauty. Explore the gardens with their broad array of ornamental plants, exotic fruit trees and abundant bird life, or just sit and gaze out over the bay. Our absolute beachfront property is on a long sandy beach with safe swimming and kayaking.
Mobile-friendly - Golden Bay Motel offers a great location from which to experience beautiful beaches, National Parks, Cape Farewell and Pupu Springs. Only a few minutes walk to Takaka township and shops, cafes and restaurants. Spacious, sunny, comfortable, self-contained ground floor studio, one-bedroom, and family units with two or three bedrooms. All units overlook our large lawn and attractive garden.
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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8-week Salsa Course - Beginner
Salsa has been sweeping the world by storm for a few decades now! Come learn this fun & addictive partner dance, discover the world of Latin dancing, and I guarantee you'll wonder how you went on without it before! ...
Where: Trafalgar Hall, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
Address: 67 Trafalgar St, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
From: 7:30pm on Tuesday 19th February 2019
To: 8:30pm on Tuesday 9th April 2019
Sculpture Ceramic Classes
Vicki Charles Sculpture. 10 week sculpture course. Bring in a photo of what you would like to make and l will assist you with sculpture techniques to create your piece. $75 for a 10 week course. Clay 6kg - ...
Where: NMIT Nelson Campus, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
Address: 322 Hardy St, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
From: 6:30pm on Tuesday 26th February 2019
To: 9:00pm on Tuesday 30th April 2019
Alex Williamson: CANCELLED
Best known to his fans for his ‘Loosest Aussie Bloke’ and ‘Bogan Aussie’ characters that reach over 2.5 million of his social media followers, Alex has performed a phenomenal number of shows to a prodigious ...
Where: Theatre Royal Nelson, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
Address: 78 Rutherford St, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
From: 7:30pm on Wednesday 20th March 2019
To: 11:59pm on Wednesday 20th March 2019
Eddyline 5k Series
Fun 5k Run & Walk event. Registration from 5:30pm at end of Champion Rd by entrance to Richmond Aquatic Centre Briefing 5:50pm, Walkers start 6:05pm, Runners start 6:15pm. Alternating between different 3 courses. ...
Where: Eddyline Brewery, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
Address: 8 Champion Road, Richmond, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
From: 6:00pm on Wednesday 7th November 2018
To: 7:30pm on Wednesday 27th March 2019
Nelson Farmers Market
Every Wednesday Rain or Shine the Farmers Market comes to Kirby Lane bringing you local fresh produce and products from all over the top of the south region. Come down have lunch and sample some incredible deals and ...
Where: Kirby Lane, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
Address: 105 Bridge Street, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
From: 8:30am on Wednesday 6th March 2019
To: 1:30pm on Wednesday 26th February 2020
Ex-detective, turned full time artist ,Brenda Knight, will be exhibiting a series of new paintings in her latest exhibition ‘Love this...’ You are warmly invited to attend the Opening on Friday, 1st March 5.30. - ...
Where: Red Art Gallery, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
Address: 1 Bridge St, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
From: 5:30pm on Friday 1st March 2019
To: 2:30pm on Saturday 23rd March 2019
Life Before Dinosaurs: Permian Monsters
Step back in time 290 million years when bizarre-looking animals dominated life on land and sea, and find out about the greatest extinction the world has ever seen in ‘Permian Monsters: Life before the Dinosaurs’. ...
Where: The Nelson Provincial Museum, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
Address: Cnr Hardy & Trafalgar Sts, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
From: 10:00am on Wednesday 26th December 2018
To: 4:30pm on Saturday 6th April 2019
Allison Cormack - Sequestrado por Oito Violoncelos
Abducted by an orchestra of cellos, Allison Cormack returns to the NCMA stage to perform Villa Lobos’s celebrated ‘Bachianas Brasilieras’ for soprano and eight celli. In case things go wrong, the cellos have ...
Where: Nelson Centre of Musical Arts, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
Address: 48 Nile St, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
From: 1:00pm on Thursday 21st March 2019
To: 11:59pm on Thursday 21st March 2019
Reception for The Royal New Zealand Ballet
Meet the RNZB dancers and Artistic Director, Patricia Barker, in Nelson for Tutus on Tour, with a warm welcome by Nelson Mayor Rachel Reese. Enjoy local wines and canapes in the elegance of the Suter Gallery. All ...
Where: The Suter Art Gallery Te Aratoi o Whakatu, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
Address: 208 Bridge St, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
From: 5:30pm on Thursday 21st March 2019
To: 7:30pm on Thursday 21st March 2019
Fighting With My Family - Movie
Fighting With My Family - Movie Based on a true story, Fighting With My Family follows reformed gangster Ricky, wife Julia, daughter Paige and son Zak as they make a living wrestling together in tiny venues. When ...
Where: State Cinema, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
Address: 91 Trafalgar St, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
From: 9:00am on Thursday 21st March 2019
To: 9:00pm on Sunday 21st April 2019