Boutique Lodges and B&Bs in Takaka and Golden Bay
A destination as tranquil and laidback as Takaka and Golden Bay deserves a peaceful accommodation to match. Luckily, all of Golden Bay’s accommodations can be classed as “boutique”, from its holiday parks to its lodges. Nevertheless, if you’re looking for something a little smaller than the rest or the best boutique experiences, we’ve handpicked them for you in this list of boutique accommodation in Takaka and Golden Bay.
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1. Twin Waters Lodge
Located on a finger of land between a wildlife estuary and the Tasman Sea, Twin Waters Lodge allows you to stay in the heart of coastal nature close to Farewell Spit and Wharariki Beach. There are just four rooms to choose from, each with a fun cultural theme. They all boast sliding doors opening up onto a private deck with estuary views and access to the extensive vegetable gardens. The lodge has a guest kitchen with a dishwasher for self-catering, while breakfast supplies are also included in the rate.
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2. The Bay Lodge
Elevated on a hill amongst the birdsong, The Bay Lodge offers a romantic escape overlooking Pohara Beach. This stylishly modern lodge with spacious suites boasts high-quality king beds, lounge and dining furniture, ensuite and kitchenette. When you’re not relaxing on your private deck with expansive ocean views, warm up in the outdoor spa pool or cool down in the outdoor swimming pool amidst stunning water gardens. See more stays like this in the 5 Best Luxury Accommodation in Takaka.
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3. Waitapu Springs B&B
For travellers on a budget who still want the boutique experience, Waitapu Springs B&B is an affordable B&B with an on-site spa. Tranquillity is key to your stay here with just a single, double, double/twin room or a cosy sleepout available. Some rooms have shared bathroom facilities while others have ensuite bathrooms. Breakfast is included in your stay, which is a generous offering of homemade bread, eggs, fruit cereal, homemade marmalade, a selection of cheese and ham, and much more. Guests also get complimentary use of the spa facilities, such as a Scandinavian wood-fire sauna, cedar hot tubs, indoor pool and more. See more accommodations like this in the 10 Best Budget Accommodation in Takaka.
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4. Totara Studios
An ultra-boutique motel on the way into Takaka, Totara Studios features just three self-contained studios. Enjoy spacious gardens surrounded by mature totara trees (a native tree), as well as access to an undercover swimming pool in summer. Cook meals using the full kitchen where you can dine on your private deck or on your elegant indoor dining furniture. Totara Studios is suitable for solo travellers, couples and groups of up to three.
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5. Pukeko Retreat
Providing double and twin rooms in a spacious family home, Pukeko Retreat is an affordable boutique B&B just outside of Takaka. Guest rooms are spacious and have shared bathroom facilities, as well as access to a large dining room, a full kitchen and lounge. Guests are welcome to use the laundry facilities or make use of the barbecue within the gorgeous gardens. Continental breakfast and free WiFi is also included in your stay.
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6. Ratanui Lodge
Relax in one of the eight elegantly-appointed suites of the Ratanui Lodge at Pohara Beach. Guests at Ratanui Lodge have the option of double or twin guest suites, which include an ensuite and classical decor with luxurious down bedding and an outdoor seating area. On-site is also a popular yet intimate restaurant where tapas and three-course set menus are available to indulge in. Learn more in the 10 Best Accommodation in Takaka for Foodies.
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7. Woolshed Bed & Breakfast
Another fantastic B&B accommodation in Golden Bay, Woolshed Bed & Breakfast is a unique stay in a characterful 1950s woolshed near Tata Beach. The renovated woolshed features queen rooms which are tastefully decorated in what we can only describe as “farmyard chic”, each with a double-door private entrance. In the lounge, enjoy a book from the attractive and extensive library, while breakfast is served in the kitchen and dining area. Little extras guests are welcome to include free bike hire, kayak hire and laundry.
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8. Collingwood Park Motel
Golden Bay is home to many boutique motels, which you can check out in the 10 Best Motels in Takaka. One of the highlights, however, is the Collingwood Park Motel on the borders the Aorere Estuary in Collingwood. The town centre is a couple minutes’ walk from the small selection of modern studios, most with water or estuary views. Choose from three different grades of studios, from a split-level studio to a waterfront studio, or enjoy more space with three bedrooms in the apartment. Rooms themselves are “cosy” but are well kitted with modern decor and fixings, which include a kitchenette.
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9. Patrons Rock Beach Villas
Nestled in flower gardens with a stream running through the property, Patons Rock Beach Villas is a boutique accommodation with just four two-bedroom holiday villas. Each villa accommodates couples to groups of four and features breathtaking garden views from every window. You’ll have access to a well-equipped kitchen and a fully tiled bathroom with a walk-in shower. What’s more, the villas are a mere 5 minutes’ walk from Patons Rock Beach and 10 minutes’ drive from Takaka.
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10. Golden Bay Hideaway
Finally, try something unique at the Golden Bay Hideaway. Boasting five creative accommodation experiences nestled in a bush setting overlooking Wainui Bay, this retreat offers eco-conscious luxury in Golden Bay. Soak in the breathtaking vistas from your outside bathtub outside the “Kiwi Greenie” or “Little Greenie” – low-energy passive solar design homes – or from the lovingly restored “House Truck” that revels in pioneer spirit. There’s also a tiny house and an elevated holiday home with options to suit any traveller seeking a bit of luxury.