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Golden Bay Lodge & Garden

60 Upper Tukurua Road, Takaka 7182 New Zealand
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#2 of 2 lodges in Takaka
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Self contained cottages set in beautiful organic gardens with the best views of Golden Bay & epic private beach access
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Sarah S wrote a review Dec 2019
3 contributions1 helpful vote
A truly special place in an unspoilt and tranquil location in Golden Bay. The location is easily accessible from Nelson by car (recommend buying local fruit and produce en route, it’s fresh and delicious). We stayed in the cabin, which has sea views and is surrounded by beautiful gardens (great morning yoga spot) and is just a short walk to the most spectacular beach. Great for walking, swimming, kayaking etc. And keep your eyes pealed for the penguins at night. The cabin is well equipped, modern and comfortable. Nice detail touches such as eco products including washing powder, huge selection of books, and DVDs and good WiFi. Great stuff to do around the area too, Wharariki Beach, river swimming, The Langford Store (for the best chocolate cake) The Mussell Inn for dinner, 3 days wasn’t long enough, hopefully we will return!
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Date of stay: December 2019Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Bob C wrote a review Aug 2018
Nelson, New Zealand1 contribution
We spent 6 nights in the Cabin at Golden Bay Lodge and thoroughly enjoyed it. The Cabin was clean and tidy and the firebox kept us toasty warm at night. Lovely beach and close to Mussel Inn for evening meals. Central to explore the bay and numerous walking tracks in the area.
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Date of stay: August 2018Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Heather99999 wrote a review Jun 2018
Tauranga, New Zealand4 contributions2 helpful votes
Private quiet unit, lovely view and beach access. Close enough to Abel Tasman Park and Farewell spit for great walks. Good internet, loved the fire, modern, clean. Really enjoyed our time here thanks.
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Date of stay: June 2018Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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joy l wrote a review Dec 2017
5 contributions5 helpful votes
Very Clean and beautiful. Did a nearby willow weaving course with Peter Greer. Highly recommend. Close to the Mussel Inn I had a great dance to a live band and yummy dinner. Next morning an amazing walk on beach then offbto my course.
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Date of stay: September 2017Trip type: Travelled solo
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bridget1981 wrote a review Aug 2017
Luxembourg47 contributions17 helpful votes
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We stayed here just yesterday. We booked and paid for 4 nights but ended up leaving after 1 night because the place was filthy. Worst place we stayed in 6 weeks of travelling. There was no love for nothing. Doormat was muddy and porch wasn't sweeped. We had no hot water because the gas tank was empty wondering how the cleaning lady cleaned with cold water?? Problem was resolved shortly after calling a friend of the owner. Owner was happy vacationing in Fiji. Spiderwebs on the inside, dust everyhwere, crumbs in the cupboard, greasy dishes. There was 1 bowl which was so greasy I left it on the table when we checked out. It was disgusting! Internet didn't work (she could have informed us because apparently it was because of a storm, wifi was working though you only couldn't connect) and tv remote was broken so was the oven door which didn't close properly anymore. There were hair in the bed and shower. The trashcan in the kitchen had never been cleaned before.The lid was so dirty. Even a trashcan has to be cleaned from time to time.The sink in the kitchen was also dirty. We had to stay one night because we arrived late with kids. We checked out immediately the day after and complained by email to the owner who denied that she is the owner and would be no longer the manager of that place. Her business cards with her name were all over the place though. Hard to believe her. Wondering if she's decent enough to give us our money back (will update here) We are very disappointed! This was suposed to be the vacation of our lifetime. I'm wondering if is because we came in winter but the place has to be tidy even off season!
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Date of stay: August 2017Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from markhb123, Owner at Golden Bay Lodge & Garden
Responded 19 Oct 2017
Hi Bridget, this is Mark - the owner of Golden Bay Lodge. Firstly, I’d like to offer my sincerest apologies for your understandable disappointment. I do appreciate that the condition of your accommodation left much to be desired and for that reason have fully refunded your payment. We employ a full time Manager to look after our guest’s needs but It is clear from your review that on this rare occasion Cindy (who you refer to as the owner in your review) got things embarrassingly wrong. Cindy has subsequently left her employment at Golden Bay Lodge and Garden. Our new manager Henry is fully aware of the high standards of cleanliness and customer service our guests expect. Sadly, I cannot undo the disappointment you suffered, but I hope that the full refund I have made goes some way towards compensating you for our failure on this occasion. If you do return to New Zealand we would like to offer you a complimentary weekend stay.
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mccarthykris wrote a review Apr 2016
110 contributions27 helpful votes
This place is amazing - the owner (Cindy) greeted us with fresh vegetables and fruit from her gardens (which we had access to during our stay). Whether using the kayaks, hunting for fresh mussels or reading a book - you can't go wrong with this little gem. The view is fantastic - very relaxing!
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Date of stay: February 2016
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Sophie H wrote a review Mar 2016
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You wouldn't find a better place with a view like this anywhere in the world. The setting is beautiful, perfect batch that is so inviting and comfortable. We even said to each other that we would live there tomorrow if we had the chance. Cindy has been a fantastic and warm hostess. We have been here many times for a break. Gardens are gorgeous. We will be back as soon as we can. We love it so much! A must stay in golden bay.
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Date of stay: March 2016Trip type: Travelled with family
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francesca210560 wrote a review Mar 2016
Marahau, New Zealand4 contributions
Spent two nights at Golden Bay Lodge and didn't want to leave .. This place is stunning! Gorgeous gardens, awesome beach and lovely accommodation. Very clean and the host was very helpful and friendly. Would definitely stay again and highly recommend.
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Date of stay: March 2016Trip type: Travelled with family
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JeroenSpeak wrote a review Aug 2014
Sheffield, United Kingdom115 contributions157 helpful votes
Well, it was hard to fault this place, a free upgrade to the cottage was a great start, combined with a roaring fire and some home made lemonade and herbs. The property is right on the beach, which is accessible down a steep track, about 50 metres walk. There is a spa pool, which overlooks the bay. The cottage sports a roomy bedroom upstairs with great views and a balcony, also a lovely box window with seats for just sitting around and drinking wine. The lower level has a huge bathroom, and kitchen, fully working laundry and accommodation for another couple of people. It's about 20 mins drive to collingwood, and 10 mins from takaka. Hosts were friendly and discrete, can't recommend high enough.
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Date of stay: August 2014Trip type: Travelled with friends
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cen811 wrote a review Mar 2014
Chicago, Illinois45 contributions27 helpful votes
This place is so good, we'd prefer to keep it a secret! Yet we owe Cindy Joy and Colin a thank you and recommendation. We stayed here 4 days recently and didn't want to leave. We stayed in the Bach and enjoyed the house, organic treats abounding in the garden, the easily accessed beach, the kayaks, and the full moon for three of the nights we were there. As others have said, it felt like living in paradise! Bring your supplies so you can savor the entire days there. It also is near Farewell Spit, Collingwood, and the great Wharariki Beach. We had a great time exploring all of them.
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Date of stay: February 2014
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Frequently Asked Questions about Golden Bay Lodge & Garden
Which popular attractions are close to Golden Bay Lodge & Garden?
Nearby attractions include Hans Bauer Anathoth Pottery (1.6 km), Living Arts Gallery (0.5 km), and The Flyfishers Wife (7.1 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Golden Bay Lodge & Garden?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free parking, and a hot tub.
Is parking available at Golden Bay Lodge & Garden?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Golden Bay Lodge & Garden?
Conveniently located restaurants include The Courthouse Cafe, Mussel Inn, and Collingwood Tavern.