Takaka is a pretty little town in a pretty setting with pretty relaxed people and a super pretty variety of outdoor activities. It is a good base to explore, a good place to stock up on supplies, and a good place to relax at a Takaka hostel for a few days. Most things of interest in town are along the main road and most things of interest out of town are a fair distance so having your own transport wouldn't hurt. There are some mountains but in between those mountains are flatlands, which makes cycling an option. Most people come here for the walks, though, especially the Able Tasman trails. During the summer months, there even is sporadic public transport to and from the trailheads. Town is an assemblage of cute little houses often occupied by little cafes or independent stores as well as a handful of tour operators' offices.
Hostels in Takaka aren't exactly plentiful, but considering that most travelers don't stick around for too long before heading off to some trekking and tent camping, they are sufficient. For the moment there's a choice of hostels in Takaka directly in town and an option a small ways further west. Prices are average and all hostels in Takaka aren't too big. None of them offer meals. Crowds actually are a bit mixed here. Hostels in Takaka aren't solely frequented by young travelers but there are quite often families or older couples due to the limited lodging options in town.
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