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Adrift in Golden Bay

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11/06/2017 12/06/2017
1 room 2 adults 0 children
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Sydney, Australia
Reviewed 11 December 2015

Adrift is a gem of place. From its prized position on the beach, to its beautifully manicured gardens and lawns to the detail and quality of the bungalows and its inclusions, it is an accommodation well worth a few days stay. We arrived quite late after a long drive from Blenheim to be welcomed by Gordon who briefed us on...

1Thank Stephen E
Gordon H, Owner at Adrift in Golden Bay, responded to this review

Thank you Stephen for taking the time to post a review, for your kind words and for the feedback on which activities in Golden Bay you enjoyed. Golden Bay has a very mild climate, no extremes, so particularly in our part of the bay grass grows all year long. So I guess the dairy cows are well fed (and we...

Reviewed 8 December 2015 via mobile

Absolutely loved my stay here. Have recommended to friends and 10/10 would stay here again. Amazing views and you are right up on the beach front. Wonderful hosts that supply an amazing hamper of breakfast goodies that are mostly homemade and delicious. Would be a hit in the summertime! Make sure you read the info book as it lists heaps...

Thank Elizabeth M
Gordon H, Owner at Adrift in Golden Bay, responded to this review

So glad you enjoyed your stay with us. Thanks for recommending us to your friends. Yes, now our home-grown strawberries are ready and soon we will add our fresh raspberries and plums into the mix!! Really appreciate you taking the time to write.

Reviewed 25 November 2015

What can I say, everything was perfect! The view, quality of the sheets, staff, location. Peace and quiet, very romantic. It felt as though they had thought of everything one might need. Had to drive to find a place for supper but we were happy to. Bath was luxurious.

Thank Mrss975
Gordon H, Owner at Adrift in Golden Bay, responded to this review

Great that you enjoyed your time at Adrift and all that we offer. Thank you so much for the review, it is always encouraging to us and our staff .

Reviewed 1 November 2015

We made a long haul drive from Blenheim to Abel Tasman and Golden Beach area and arrived late at this property. Gordon was most accommodating and welcoming. We had the studio room and found it very comfortable and perfect for our needs. We enjoyed breakfast on the balcony overlooking the beach and felt like we were in another world! having...

1Thank Marevan2
Gordon H, Owner at Adrift in Golden Bay, responded to this review

Great that you enjoyed the natural wonders of our clear sky and lack of light pollution here in Tukurua. The southern hemisphere skies offer some dazzling spectacles; the Milky Way and its neighbouring galaxies, the Magellanic Clouds definitely not to be missed especially by anyone not from the southern hemisphere.

Kent, England
Reviewed 21 October 2015

Even though it was a little early in the season for bathing in the sea it was still wonderful to be able to sit on the deck in the sun, or take a few steps down the garden to stroll on the beach. The resort has a few cottages set in lovely gardens right on the beach looking across the...

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Gordon H, Owner at Adrift in Golden Bay, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking the time to post a review and for your feedback. Glad you were able to make the most of our facilities. We realise our spa baths can be a problem for “mobility impaired” guests and have since purchased a removable hand grip to help. Our studio is designed as fully wheelchair compatible and has...

Reviewed 24 May 2015 via mobile

Loved this beautiful little spot, 15 minutes from Takaka. Chalets were spacious, spotlessly clean and had lots of little special extra touches throughout. Double spa and beautifully tiled spacious bathroom was very luxurious although you do have to climb into the spa bath for a shower. Choice of three types of breakfasts with yummy home made ingredients - the blackcurrant...

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Emily L, Manager at Adrift in Golden Bay, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your review. Great to hear that you enjoyed the privacy of our little place. Thank you also for your valuable feedback on the bed – since your stay, while we've been closed over the winter, we've added Sleepyhead Super Plush mattress toppers onto all of our beds, underneath the cluster-puff toppers that were already there....

Christchurch, New Zealand
Reviewed 23 May 2015

Had one night in this lovely accommodation. Set in beautifully landscaped gardens, right on the beach. The cottage had everything that one could desire for a luxurious stay. Well situated between Takaka and Collingwood made it an easy drive to all the sights. Gordon was very helpful regarding what to see in the area.

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Gordon H, Owner at Adrift in Golden Bay, responded to this review

Thank you so much for the review. Pleased you were able to stay, even for a short time and enjoy a little of what Golden Bay has to offer.

Diss, United Kingdom
Reviewed 2 May 2015

Fabulous location on the beach - swam every morning. No light pollution, so the stars at night were phenomenal - wear something on your feet, I nearly stood on a hedgehog ! The cottage was very well equipped and the continental breakfast basket was more than adequate.Great base for exploring the area.

Thank APDC2014
Gordon H, Owner at Adrift in Golden Bay, responded to this review

Glad you enjoyed the amazing night sky, swimming and exploring Golden Bay. Thanks for taking the time to write your review!

San Francisco, California, United States
Reviewed 22 April 2015

We had a blast here. The staff was very friendly and attentive, and we were just a walk down a short path to the ocean (you can see it from all the rooms). Incredibly peaceful, we stayed an extra night. Loved it!

Thank Jarrett S
Gordon H, Owner at Adrift in Golden Bay, responded to this review

Great that you enjoyed your time with us and appreciated the peace and quiet. Thanks for your encouragement, it's really appreciated.

Napier, New Zealand
Reviewed 19 April 2015

Loved the location of Adrift - right on the golden sands of Golden Bay. We only wished we could have seen more sun as we had a lot of rain while we stayed here. Despite the weather we were completely charmed - the cottage is cosy and has a fantastic view our over the beach. Even when it is pelting...

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Gordon H, Owner at Adrift in Golden Bay, responded to this review

Thanks for taking the time to post a review. Glad you were able to make the most of your stay in one of our Beach View Cottages despite a period of wet weather in what has otherwise been a fantastic season weather wise for holiday makers.

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  • Free Parking
  • Beachfront
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Breakfast included
About the property
  • Beachfront
  • Wheelchair Access
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
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  • Refrigerator in room
  • Microwave
  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Parking
  • Self-Serve Laundry
  • Breakfast included
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
A 5-Star, self-contained accommodation situated on a quiet, sandy and sheltered private beach. The 5 cottages and a studio are spread over 1 Ha of landscaped gardens to ensure guest privacy and a peaceful, relaxed and romantic atmosphere. All accommodations have king-size beds with breathtaking views over Golden Bay. The stylish, modern interiors feature warm timbers. Cottages all have luxury double spa baths. Centrally located between Abel Tasman, and Kahurangi National Parks and Farewell Spit Nature Reserve. This beautiful area is well known for artisans, interesting cafes and varied day walks ... more   less 

Additional Information about Adrift in Golden Bay

Address: 52 Tukurua Road, Takaka 7182, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Nelson-Tasman Region > Golden Bay > Takaka
Price Range: $243 - $644 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Adrift in Golden Bay 5*
Number of rooms: 6
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Adrift In Golden Bay Hotel Takaka
Adrift In Golden Bay Nelson
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“Studio is attached to owners house cottages are separate, some on the beach”
  • Sunset glow
Rome_at_Easter, 20 Mar 2017 | Read review
“The studio was the best!!”
lagatita1, 26 Jan 2017 | Read review
“Go for a beach access room”
ianm965, 9 Nov 2016 | Read review
“All rooms provide privacy and I don't believe noise could ever be a problem. Intimate”
, 17 Oct 2016 | Read review
“Pay a little extra and go for the beach front”
Toddkelly33, 8 Jul 2016 | Read review
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