Hostel Golden Bay YHA




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25 Motupipi Street, Takaka, Golden Bay, New Zealand
-40.859477, 172.807688 (accuracy not guaranteed)
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80% Guest Reviews

This hostel was great! It's very close to the center of town -- and the back garden was nice to chill out -- I almost didn't want to leave to go explore! Even still it's very close to abel tasman and all the cool stuff in golden bay area. The owners were very nice.
Fantastic Stay
We stayed there for 3 nights in January an we loved the place -- especially the garden with the big lemon tree, the cosy seats and the BBQ area. The owners, Allan and his wife Miyuki, made our stay -- they helped us so much, when we had a car accident and did everything to make our stay as comfortable as possible. For us, it felt like being home.
Friendly hostel
WE have stayed at this friendly homey hostel, every year since 2008. The owner is a great guy with a young family. We will be back in the bay in December (for the fishing) and will be staying at Annies. Annies staff and owner are Allan and his wife Miyuki. This hostel improves year on year.
eddie morgan
HI - Golden Bay - Annie's Nirvana Lodge Hostel is an associate YHA hostel, but is not owned by YHA. It does not feel as clean as YHA-owned hostels. The Location The hostel is located just a couple blocks from the main downtown area of Takaka and is very easy to locate. There are three parking spots out front, and there are three parking spots out front and there is a large car park directly behind the hostel where customers can park and enter through the back gate. Rooms and Bathrooms The largest rooms are six-bed dorms. The bottom bunks are not attached to the top bunks, which is a good thing because it means that neither bed shakes when the other person gets in or out of bed. The door locks but can be left unlocked by guests staying in the room and often are, leaving the room unsecured and there are no lockers available in the room (there is a safe in the office for valuables for customer use). The bedrooms are very large and there is plenty of space to move around in them. There are several single bathrooms throughout the hostel. Each large bathroom is equipped with a sink, toilet, and shower. The shower is no more than a wall with a shower head and a curtain and the bathroom floor gets wet within the entire bathroom after a shower. There are small hanging shelves in most of the showers to hold a bar of soap and a bottle but there are no other shelves or hooks to place clothes and towel while showering. Common Spaces There is one living room with two couches facing a coffee table, a large backyard with wooden chairs and tables and two kitchens in the hostel. The kitchen off of the main living room/dining room is tiny. There are eight burners side by side and it is hard for two people to use them without bumping elbows. There are two sinks side by side and one counter. There are some shelves for storing food but seem to be taken up mostly by staff food. There is a large kitchen table sitting outside the kitchen. The second kitchen open to the backyard and is quite a bit larger and more spaced out. There are two sets of four burners on opposite sides of the counter so they are easily used by multiple people. There is much more counter space and storage space. The oven is rickety and the door feels like it will come off every time it is opened. There is a small counter in the back with bar stools. Summary The hostel is mainly filled with other backpackers enjoying Golden Bay and the Abel Tasman national park. It is a subdued but social hostel as everyone is friendly but not overly outgoing.
Andy Bourassa
Too Crowded -- owner got greedy and squeezed in too many people
Sadly Annie seems to have squeezed in more and more people into this small house/ garden. The garden is now jammed with 'private cabins' which are nothing more than tiny sheds with cheapo beds in them, The kitchens and bathrooms are struggling with the workload. Sadly some hostel owners get greedy and squeeze too many in to make more $. Annie's is not worth it -- other than being in Takaka itself, and pleasant enough hosts, its got no view or distinction to it.
The owner molested me in the middle of the night. It was loud, the staff were unfriendly, and the owner thought it was appropriate at 3 a.m. to start grabbing me in my bed. I have never felt so threatened in a place where i am suppose to be safe. The other people staying there were negative and the energy was bad. No one should stay here. In my travels, i have heard other similar stories of the bad ownership at this hostel.

Response from the accommodation: We are very sorry for your experience there. but this incident has happend at another hostel in Takaka on Commercial Street. This is not the only time this has happened there. Some guests who have left that hostel on Commercial st.(main street, we are on Motupipi St.) to come and stay with us have complained about this. We have a policy that after 10pm is a quiet time for everyone to have comfortable sleep. Another hostel in Motupipi St. and we got hold of the and put a report in about this, BBH already had some complaints about this hostel so they were then asked to leave the BBH system. since then they have sold and new owners doing great job.
Annie's Nirvana Lodge is only a five-minute walk from the bus stop -- if you ask the bus driver he will usually drop you off right outside. There is a large supermarket nearby also if you are self-catering. The hostel staff are very friendly and helpful. They give you information about the local area, including a map and numerous suggestions about what you can do whilst you are in the town. The dorm rooms are a good size for a good price. There are two kitchen areas which can be used. They have plenty of plates and pots and pans for you to use. There are fridges and microwave ovens in both of the kitchens. There are dining tables inside next to the kitchens as well as outside at the rear of the property. Adjoining one of the kitchen areas is a small lounge area. It has chairs for about six people but there is floor space if you don't mind it. There's also a television and a selection of videos at no extra charge. There are at least three bathrooms, each with a toilet, sink, and shower. All of these are cleaned regularly and all supply hot water. There is a coin-operated washing machine and tumble dryer under cover in the back garden. Bikes can be rented here too and can be quite useful for many short rides. Your one-time payment allows you to use a bike at any time throughout your stay, whether it's a day or a week. Helmets are also supplied.
stephen taylor
  This place is good, and still improving.

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