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Adrift in Golden Bay

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5-Star, self-contained beach villas situated on a quiet, sandy and sheltered private beach. Only five villas spread over 1 Ha of landscaped gardens ensure guest privacy and a peaceful, relaxed and romantic atmosphere. Centrally located between Abel Tasman, and Kahurangi National Parks and Farewell Spit Nature Reserve. This stunning area is well known for its natural beauty, its artisans, interesting cafes, bohemian vibe and varied day walks
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Breakfast in the room
Beach
Canoeing
Adults only
BBQ facilities
Self-serve laundry
Wifi
Complimentary tea
Hiking
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun umbrellas
First aid kit
Umbrella
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Bathrobes
Housekeeping
Seating area
Telephone
Coffee / tea maker
Flatscreen TV
Electric blanket
Whirlpool bathtub
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Dishwasher
Microwave
Refrigerator
Stovetop
Electric kettle
Kitchenware
iPod docking station
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms
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5.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Romantic
Modern
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Karen M wrote a review Feb 2024
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We had the most amazing stay at Adrift and highly recommended. From the moment we turned into the driveway we knew we had found a very special place. We came away feeling very relaxed and recharged. The beach location is great and the lawns and gardens are maintained to a very high standard. We stayed in a Garden Villa which was immaculate and everything we needed. The breakfast hampers were delicious and plentiful. Such a private and calm setting and the team were so friendly. We will definitely be back.
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Date of stay: February 2024
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Tony K wrote a review Dec 2023
Cheshire, United Kingdom6 contributions
Adrift is a real gem. Gorgeous wooden lodges in beautiful gardens with amazing sea views. We stayed in a garden lodge which had everything you needed and nothing you didn’t. Very clean, comfortable bed and a fabulous deck off the lounge where we had breakfast each morning looking out to sea and watched the birds. I don’t think I could have chosen a better place to stay. An exceptional property in a perfect location to explore all that Golden bay and the two national parks have to offer. We will be back.
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Date of stay: November 2023
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Response from Gordon Hampson, Owner at Adrift in Golden Bay
Responded 17 Dec 2023
Thank you for taking the time to post a review of the things you enjoyed about Adrift. It is a big encouragement to our family, and I am sure it will be helpful to others looking for a place to stay in Golden Bay. We look forward to seeing you again on your next trip to New Zealand. Gordon
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Louise H wrote a review Oct 2023
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A fantastic luxury getaway in Golden Bay. The villas are really well appointed and have everything you need for a comfortable and relaxing stay. The Honeymoon Villa with its own grassed lawn, views out to the water and private beach access was so special. The daily breakfasts were fresh and delicious and the homemade cookies were a really nice touch! Lovely friendly owners who keep the property beautifully maintained. Highly recommend a stay here!!
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Date of stay: October 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Godon Hampson, Owner at Adrift in Golden Bay
Responded 26 Oct 2023
Thank you for recommending Adrift In Golden Bay to other readers of Tripadvisor Reviews and for the feedback on the things that you appreciated about your stay with us. Hope to see you again. Gordon
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Amber Z wrote a review Jun 2023
Houston81 contributions13 helpful votes
What a superb place! I adored it. Having an entire cottage to ourselves, with such a lovely view across the lawn and out to the ocean, was so serene. Ordering our breakfast basket the day before, and having a full, genuine kitchen to prepare it in, was very relaxing and let us ease into our mornings.
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Date of stay: March 2023
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Response from Gordon Hampson, Owner at Adrift in Golden Bay
Responded 10 Sept 2023
Thanks for such a glowing report. So glad that you enjoyed your time with us. Gordon
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Sue W wrote a review Feb 2023
Apple Valley, Minnesota, United States39 contributions46 helpful votes
Our travel agent recommended Adrift and she was not wrong! Its been tastefully updated and has nice views of the ocean in a private setting. Our host, Gordon, was very cordial and helpful. The grounds are beautiful and kept immaculate. We chose the breakfast option and enjoyed having a hamper of our selected foods left in our unit each day for the following morning. We appreciated the opportunity to limit our food waste and save it for composting and paper/cans/glass for recycling. Well done!
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Date of stay: January 2023
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Room Tip: There are 3 units in front facing the beach and 2 behind, in case it matters to you.
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Response from Gordon Hampson, Owner at Adrift in Golden Bay
Responded 10 Sept 2023
Glad you were not disappointed and enjoyed your stay with us. We are always working to enhance Adrift and add to what nature has provided. Thank you for taking the time to write such a detailed review. Gordon
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John W wrote a review Dec 2022
Nelson, New Zealand18 contributions6 helpful votes
Perfect stay away by the beach. Everything is perfectly finished, well equipped and clean. Definitely a premium stay. There are some lovely beach walks and the grounds are lovely. We will be back!.
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Date of stay: November 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Gordon Hampson, Owner at Adrift in Golden Bay
Responded 9 Dec 2022
So glad you enjoyed your stay with us. Thanks for writing a review. We look forward to seeing you on your next visit to beautiful Golden Bay.  
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GaryandLesleyTravel wrote a review Jun 2021
Auckland Central, New Zealand5286 contributions526 helpful votes
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The beach front units are positioned as to allow privacy while allowing sea views. Complete with fridge, microwave, cooktop and dishwasher it covers all bases. The large bed and comfortable furnishings allow you to relax and enjoy as does the spa bath. Being situated 17 km past Takaka and 7 km before Collingwood gives you two service centres to provide food and drinks etc. the infamous Mussel Inn is just 3 km down the road. Each unit has a Bar B Que and kyacks and paddle boards are available for shared use. The wash house is available in the afternoons
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Date of stay: May 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Responded 9 Dec 2022
Thank you for taking the time to post such a detailed review of our family-run accommodation.   I am sure it will be helpful to other travellers looking for quality accommodation in Golden Bay. 
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Lara F wrote a review Apr 2021
Upper Hutt, New Zealand185 contributions84 helpful votes
I was searching on the internet for accommodation in and around Golden Bay and came across the Adrift website. Everything looked amazing, the villas, the location - so we booked four nights in a beachfront villa. When we arrived our first impression was wow - everything was amazing and looked exactly as we’d seen on the website - if not better. We received a friendly welcome from Gordon and were shown to our beachfront villa. Everything on the Adrift website explains all you need to know about the villas. There’s something quite lovely about going to sleep with the sound of waves lapping the beach. Adrift really is something special, we had such a lovely stay we will definitely come back.
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Date of stay: April 2021
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Responded 18 Apr 2021
So glad you that your expectations were exceeded after finding us on our Adrift website. We really appreciate you taking the time to write a review and look forward to meeting you again sometime.
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AEC wrote a review Nov 2020
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Just spent 2 idyllic days at Adrift after walking the Queen Charlotte Track in the Marlborough sounds. A perfect way to round off a 60th Birthday trip. A beautiful setting with everything you need for a relaxing stay. Throughly recommend.
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Date of stay: November 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Responded 18 Apr 2021
Thanks for your feedback. Glad we were able to be part of making your birthday a special time.
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BluemoonAuckland wrote a review Nov 2020
Auckland45 contributions41 helpful votes
My husband and me stayed for 2 nights in one of the garden villas. They are very private, lovely and well kept gardens with sea view and sheltered from wind. The cottage was very clean and had new appliances and it was a pleasure to have breakfast and cook in the kitchen. The bath is spacious and very tasteful. The bed was comfortable and bath robes were provided. The deck had wooden deck chairs with cushions. Gordon was very friendly and we could come early on arrival. I can highly recommend Adrift in Golden Bay for a relaxing and comfortable stay.
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Date of stay: November 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Gordon Hampson, Owner at Adrift in Golden Bay
Responded 18 Apr 2021
Thanks for taking the time to post a review and for your comments about the different features of Adrift and the Garden Villas that you appreciated.
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$402 - $677 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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LOCATION
New ZealandSouth IslandNelson-Tasman RegionGolden BayTakaka
NUMBER OF ROOMS
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Frequently Asked Questions about Adrift in Golden Bay
Which popular attractions are close to Adrift in Golden Bay?
Nearby attractions include Hans Bauer Anathoth Pottery (1.7 km), Living Arts Gallery (0.3 km), and THE FLYFISHERS WIFE (6.7 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Adrift in Golden Bay?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free parking, and reduced mobility rooms.
Which room amenities are available at Adrift in Golden Bay?
Top room amenities include a flat screen TV, a refrigerator, and a dishwasher.
What food & drink options are available at Adrift in Golden Bay?
Guests can enjoy barbeque facilities and complimentary tea during their stay.
Is parking available at Adrift in Golden Bay?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Adrift in Golden Bay?
Conveniently located restaurants include The Courthouse Cafe, Mussel Inn, and Collingwood Tavern.
Does Adrift in Golden Bay have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.
Is Adrift in Golden Bay accessible?
Yes, it offers reduced mobility rooms. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.