10 Best Budget Accommodations in Takaka & Golden Bay 🛌🏼 [2023]© Omarama Oasis Glamping
10 Best Budget Accommodations in Takaka & Golden Bay 🛌🏼 [2023]

10 Best Budget Accommodations in Takaka & Golden Bay 🛌🏼 [2023]

© Omarama Oasis Glamping

Where to Find Cheap Accommodation in Takaka and Golden Bay

Authentic, welcoming and down-to-earth: this is what most of Takaka and Golden Bay‘s cheap accommodations are all about. You don’t need to worry about staying in overpriced rooms in this bohemian town of good vibes. Hosts are eager to share their piece of paradise with you, whether it’s their gorgeous back gardens where a pizza oven is almost a standard or the greater Golden Bay area. So whether you’re looking for an ultra-cheap dorm room, a place to camp or ultimate privacy in a self-contained apartment, we have found the cheapest stays around in this list of budget accommodations in Takaka and Golden Bay.

For more budget accommodations in Takaka, as well as budget tips, check out The Guide to Takaka on a Budget and the 10 Free & Cheap Things to Do in Takaka.

1. Waitapu Springs B&B (Takaka)

An affordable B&B with breakfast and spa facilities included? Yes please! Waitapu Springs B&B offers a place to unwind without worrying about your budget thanks to their reasonably priced double and single rooms, as well as a cosy sleepout. Some rooms have shared bathroom facilities while others have ensuite bathrooms. Regardless, the main event is breakfast. Be treated each morning to a generous breakfast of homemade bread, eggs, fruit cereal, homemade marmalade, a selection of cheese and ham and much more. Guests also have complimentary use of the spa facilities, such as a Scandinavian wood-fire sauna, cedar hot tubs, an indoor pool and more. For more small-scale stays like this, take a look at the 10 Best Boutique Accommodations in Takaka & Golden Bay.

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10 Best Budget Accommodation in Takaka© Waitapu Springs B&B

2. Annies Nirvana Lodge (Takaka)

Annies Nirvana Lodge is worth a stay for its garden alone. With inspiring wooden art and a lot of space for such a central and homely hostel, you’re bound to love every second. Highlights of the backpacker hostel are its friendly atmosphere, bicycle hire and a communal kitchen where lots of chatter happens. Choose to stay in one of the shared dormitories or opt for privacy in the double or twin rooms with shared bathrooms. See more like this in the 5 Best Backpackers Hostels in Golden Bay.

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10 Best Budget Accommodation in Takaka© Annies Nirvana Lodge, Golden Bay YHA

3. Golden Bay Holiday Park (Parapara)

On the road between Takaka and Collingwood, where you’ll find attractions like Farewell Spit and Wharariki Beach, Golden Bay Holiday Park offers cheap basic cabins and camping sites moments away from the beach. While guests can make use of the communal kitchen, bathroom and laundry facilities, those seeking more privacy can upgrade to a self-contained unit or go a step further by staying in a modern apartment with a private deck overlooking the beach.

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10 Best Budget Accommodation in Takaka© Golden Bay Holiday Park

4. Pohara Beach TOP 10 Holiday Park (Pohara)

Another excellent and affordable holiday park in Golden Bay, this one located between Takaka and the Abel Tasman National Park, Pohara Beach TOP 10 Holiday Park is located right on Pohara Beach. Stay in self-contained motel units with all the essential amenities at your fingertips or one of the units/cabins or camping sites with access to the holiday park’s communal facilities. See more stays like this in the 10 Best Family Accommodations in Takaka.

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10 Best Budget Accommodation in Takaka© Pohara Beach TOP 10 Holiday Park

5. The Sandcastle (Pohara)

Enjoy fully self-contained accommodation amidst tranquil gardens at The Sandcastle. Offering a selection of freestanding cottages, this budget accommodation has something affordable for couples up to groups of six. The main chalets have a full kitchen and private bathroom facilities, while the Mongolian yurt has shared bathrooms but a unique feel. Enjoy exploring the gorgeous flower gardens with sculptures, make use of the barbecue and pizza oven, play table tennis, use the yoga hall and more. Find this accommodation nestled on the hillside between Takaka and Abel Tasman.

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10 Best Budget Accommodation in Takaka© The Sandcastle

6. The Innlet, Country Apartments and Cottages (Pakawau)

Get off the beaten track and stay in this cheap accommodation in Golden Bay! Just a 30-minute drive from Takaka, The Innlet, Country Apartments and Cottages is a charming guesthouse, cottage and backpacker accommodation near Collingwood. Opt for a private apartment or a cottage, most with cooking facilities and a private bathroom (or bush bath) or stay in the main guesthouse which has double, twin, family and dorm rooms. What’s more, you can book a camping site here to enjoy the lush native forest surroundings.

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10 Best Budget Accommodation in Takaka© The Innlet

7. Adventure B&B (Takaka)

Enjoy an affordable homestay-style B&B experience at Adventure B&B! Your friendly hosts are keen to share their local tips with you, but you’ll mostly experience a laidback atmosphere in this home where you’ll be the sole guest/guests staying in a spacious king room with a private bathroom. There is also the option to add more guests to the booking to sleep up to five people across two bedrooms. You have a small lounge and TV room to yourself, while you’re also invited to make yourself at home in the large kitchen, shared lounge and outside deck where you’ll be served breakfast each morning. Find the B&B in a quiet setting just 3 km (1 mile) from Takaka.

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10 Best Budget Accommodation in Takaka© Adventure B&B

8. The Station House Motel (Collingwood)

In the town of Collingwood, on the way to Farewell Spit and Warariki Beach, The Station House Motel offers affordable cottages for all kinds of travellers. Enjoy a mix of classic and modern decor and fixings in these renovated cottages among attractive gardens with a barbecue and seating area. You have all you need for cooking meals, which you can enjoy from cottages with a separate dining room or out on your private deck. Be sure to compare this motel with others in the 10 Best Motels in Takaka & Golden Bay.

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10 Best Budget Accommodations in Takaka & Golden Bay 🛌🏼 [2023]© The Station House Motel

9. Omarama Oasis Glamping (Pohara)

For couples or solo travellers looking for adventure, consider Omarama Oasis Glamping near Pohara Beach. Set among a permaculture garden with fruit and nut trees, Omarama Oasis Glamping offers a timber-framed safari tent complete with a queen bed, sofabed, breakfast-making facilities and more cosy furniture, all leading out onto a private elevated deck. Just outside of your tent is the toilet and hot shower facility or you can use the shower in the main house on-site. There’s an electric blanket if the nights get chilly. For more couple-centric stays, check out the 10 Most Romantic Accommodations in Takaka & Golden Bay.

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10 Best Budget Accommodations in Takaka & Golden Bay 🛌🏼 [2023]© Omarama Oasis Glamping

10. Pukeko Retreat

Providing double and twin rooms in a spacious family home, Pukeko Retreat is an affordable B&B just outside of Takaka. Guest rooms are large and have shared bathroom facilities, as well as access to a large dining room, a full kitchen and a lounge. Guests are welcome to use the laundry facilities or make use of the barbecue in the gorgeous gardens. Continental breakfast and free WiFi is also included in your stay. Discover more accommodations with kitchen facilities in the 10 Best Self-Catering Accommodations in Takaka.

10 Best Budget Accommodation in Takaka© Pukeko Retreat

[CLOSED] Apartments on Abel

Last but certainly not least, enjoy all the creature comforts at one of the most affordable motel-style accommodations in Golden Bay. Apartments on Abel is located in Pohara and offers a range of apartments and self-contained units. You’ll find studios on the ground floor in a twin and double set-up with a kitchenette for light cooking, an ensuite and sliding doors opening up onto the garden. You’ll also find larger one- and two-bedroom apartments on the floor above with a full kitchen, lounge and access to a shared balcony.

[CLOSED] Gazebo Backpackers

Just a few minutes’ walk from Takaka town centre, Gazebo Backpackers is not only a convenient stay but a cheap one. The small backpacker hostel offers just two private queen/king rooms, one dorm room and garden tent sites, so it never feels too crowded when making up meals in the modern kitchen or relaxing in the attractive garden. Plus, with free bikes, free Wifi, free herbs and produce from the garden and guided tours of Te Waikoropupu Springs and The Grove, you’ll find great value here!

More About Budget Accommodations in Takaka and Golden Bay

That’s it for our list of the best cheap budget accommodations in Takaka and Golden Bay. Don’t miss any of the highlights in Golden Bay by having a look at the following guides:

Finally, if there’s anything we’ve missed, you’re likely to find it in The Travel Guide to Takaka on a Budget.


Laura S.

This article was reviewed and published by Laura, editor in chief and co-founder of NZ Pocket Guide. Since arriving solo in New Zealand over 10 years ago and with a background in journalism, her mission has been to show the world how easy (and awesome) it is to travel New Zealand. She knows Aotearoa inside-out and loves sharing tips on how best to experience New Zealand’s must-dos and hidden gems. Laura is also editor of several other South Pacific travel guides and is the co-host of NZ Pocket Guide’s live New Zealand travel Q&As on YouTube.

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