The Innlet Backpackers & Cottages, Golden Bay

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The Innlet Backpackers & Cottages Reviews

Excellent to massively excellent

My family stayed in the cottage at the back, complete with an outside bath. Four of us fit into the bath and looked up to the skies, before the morning brought us views of sheep on near vertical hillsides, and wonderful local walking. It's a trek to get to, but that makes it more the better!

Age 40 | australia

Remote and Idealic location with warm and friendly reception

My choice to stay at The Innlet was random and was one of my best surprises on my trip in NZ to date. The location is quite remote but provides lots of opportunities to see a very beautiful part of NZ. Some of the hikes that you can take, you would think you are the last person on the planet. Peace and tranquility. The hostel is an old house and a number of cottages. The rooms are very spacious and very comfortable common areas for cooking, dining and relaxing. An ideal location from which to see the most northern tip of the South Island. The hostel management was friendly and always available if needed -- lots of good ideas for excursions. Would love to return in the future.

Age 67 | Canada

Stunning place

homey friendly hostel. Good facilities, spacious gardens, beach just along the road.

eddie morgan

The Innlet Backpackers is, quite simply, paradise. Not only is it beautiful, but it is also set in an absolutely amazing location, with a warm, kind, yet wacky bunch at the helm.

The Location

Golden Bay is one of the most gorgeous places in New Zealand and that is where you'll find The Innlet. It is situated in Pakawau, which is a ten-minute drive from the town of Collingwood. The beautiful thing about The Innlet is that it is in the middle of nowhere. It is just you ... and nature. There is the beach, forest, hills, rivers. It is a good place to be if you want some peace and quiet; some time to reflect on life, or simply enjoy being at one with nature and beauty.

To get to The Innlet or to fully enjoy Golden Bay, it is best that you drive. From The Innlet, you can go on short trips to the Farewell Spit, Cape Farewell, or the Abel Tasman National Park, all of which will leave you awestruck at the wondrous scenery. For those who don't drive, you can get a bus to Collingwood and arrange to have the owner or manager give you a lift. It wouldn't be difficult to find travel companions once you are there.

Rooms and Bathrooms

The Innlet has dorm rooms, double rooms, twin rooms, and individual huts. The main building consists of two dorms, a twin room, a double room, kitchen, lounge, and two bathrooms. The dorms (one four-bed, one five-bed) consist of bunk beds and single beds. The mattresses are thick and comfortable and all bedding is provided. All the rooms are very spacious and certainly very well-kept.

The two bathrooms in the main building have decent showers and ample space for you to place your clothes and toiletries. As for the toilets, guests are required to use the outdoor toilets in the day (unless it is raining). The outdoor toilets are compost toilets. Some people may not be used to using compost toilets, but don't worry, the ones at The Innlet are very, very well-maintained and are very clean. You wouldn't really be able to tell the difference between that and a conventional flushing toilet. During the night, guests will be allowed to use the toilets inside the main building.

Common Spaces

The main building is also where the kitchen and lounge are. The lounge is very cosy -- there are a few couches, a fireplace, a charming old piano, and a couple of guitars. Occasionally, a guest or worker will play a tune or two. There is no television, but there is no need for one -- there are games and friendly people around for mingling.

Other favourite hangouts of The Innlet guests are the veranda and the garden. There are benches and cushions out on the veranda to help you get comfortable. The garden is big enough for you to kick a ball around or toss a frisbee. The main attraction is The Web -- a giant hammock built above a little stream. It is the perfect place to chill. The kitchen is spacious and there is no lack of cooking equipment of utensils. Hang out in these common areas and you are bound to make a friend or two ... or ten.


The Innlet is a great place. The owners and workers are very warm, friendly, and caring and provide a fantastic environment for everyone. Guests feel welcomed all the time and often end up not wanting to leave.

Valerie Looi


The Innlet is set among luxuriant rainforest on the edge of the Kahurangi National Park. With a private mountain stream and two minutes from an endless, sandy swimming beach, it is the perfect place to take a load off or head into the wilderness.

We offer a wide range of accommodation including spacious share rooms, queen rooms, garden cottages ideal for couples and two self contained apartments. We also have a loft-style cottage ideal for families with children and larger groups. All of our accommodation is full of character, cosy comfortable and clean.

Each of our guests has access to free WiFi, bikes, outdoor hot tubs, multiple BBQ areas, an on-site bushwalk and an enormous hammock slung across our private mountain stream.

The owner operators have lived on the property for 35 years. With their wealth of local knowledge they will point you in the direction of the best the region has to offer.

Location and Contact


• Takaka is the last town with supermarket shopping facilities before you head north towards Collingwood, 27km.
• Turn left when you reach the sea at a T-intersection and then right in half a km. You are following the signs to Farewell Spit for 9.5kms from the T intersection. You bypass Collingwood itself unless you wish to visit it for fuel etc.
• Our sign is on the left opposite Waikato Inlet.
• Latitude 40* 37.336' S
• Longitude 172* 40.668' E



Address: 839 Collingwood-Pakawau Main Road, Golden Bay, New Zealand

The Innlet Backpackers & Cottages is listed on the following booking sites:

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Website The Innlet Backpackers & Cottages Golden Bay
Phone Number: 006435248040
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Facilities and Amenities

+50 Traveller

Family-Friendly Hostel

Quiet Rest

Solo Traveller


Bike Rental

Luggage Storage


Safe Deposit Box

Wi-Fi in Lobby/Commons


BBQ Grill

Book Collection/Exchange

Credit Card Payments

Entirely Non-Smoking

Hot Showers



Lounge Area

Outdoor Seating

Power Point/Sockets in Rooms

Wheelchair Accessible

Airport Pickup


Lockers in Rooms

Wi-Fi in Rooms

Service Animals


Genders: Males & Females

Max. Age: All Ages

Min. Age with Parent (dorms): 5

Min. Age with Parent (private room): All Ages

Min. Age without Parent: 16

Checkout: 11:00 (11 AM)

Lockout: No

Maximum Stay: 1 month

Minimum Stay: 1 night

Open Dates: Seasonal Open/Closed Dates

Reception Hours: Limited Hours

Size: Small (less than 30 beds)


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