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6 Best Backpackers Hostels in Golden Bay

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Budget Accommodation in Takaka

With long stretches of stunning beaches, sand spits, luxuriant forests, cave networks, unique geological features, uncrowded access to Abel Tasman National Park, a huge amount of work opportunities, and more awesome Golden Bay must-dos, Golden Bay is a must-visit for backpackers. With that, there are plenty of backpacker hostels in Golden Bay.

Hidden behind the Takaka Hill, the township of Takaka is the most happening place in the area and where almost all the hostels on this list are located but don’t be afraid to go off the beaten track, this is how you make the most of Golden Bay. Just ask any of the hostel owners to point you in the right direction.

Here is a short list of the hostels we like the most in the Golden Bay area. By the way, don’t miss these 19 Epic Natural Attractions in Golden Bay.

1. Shambhala

Far off the beaten track and on a private beach, Shambhala is a dream hostel- a real slice of paradise where backpackers from all over the world come to relax and unwind. It is no surprise that with such a setting, the eco-backpackers has become a relaxation retreat perfect for meditation and yoga lovers.

Shambhala© Shambhala

2. Gazebo Backpackers

Gazebo Backpackers provides a welcoming environment from all, which is not too many in this small but friendly hostel in Takaka town. There’s only two private double rooms, a dorm room and tent sites, making dinner time in the modern kitchen and living spaces not too crowded. Plus with free walking tours, free bikes, free Wifi and located just a few minutes off the beach, it is a great-value hostel.

Check Gazebo Backpackers out:

6 Best Backpackers Hostels in Golden Bay© Gazebo Backpackers

3. Kiwiana Backpackers

Technically the closest hostel to the Abel Tasman National Park in the whole Golden Bay area, Kiwiana Backpackers is a quirky little place that thrives in summer. Gather around the BBQ or play table tennis. Its like summer camp all over again.

Kiwiana Backpackers© Kiwiana Backpackers

4. Annies Nirvana Lodge

Annies Nirvana Lodge is worth a visit for its garden alone. With great wooden art and a lot of space for such a central hostel, you’ll love every second of your stay. This puts guests in a great mood and the atmosphere where everybody talks to everybody and ends up travelling together for an afternoon or more. Plus, BBH members get a discount.

Check Annies Nirvana Lodge out:

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5. Barefoot Backpackers

Come for the Golden Bay, stay for the muesli! Barefoot Backpackers offers everything that travellers need in Golden Bay and more. With free pool, free Wifi and absolutely divine free homemade muesli every morning.

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6. The Innlet

Just a 30-minute drive from Takaka is the charming backpacker hostel, The Innlet! There are a variety of accommodation types in this Collingwood accommodation, from a private apartment to a cottage to a farmhouse hostel. The hostel is small so it will never feel overcrowded, which is just the vibe you’ll want when relaxing in this accommodation surrounded by lush native forest.

Check The Innlet out:

The Innlet© The Innlet


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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