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This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Golden Bay. To help you make friends with Golden Bay before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!
Golden Bay is an amazing area in New Zealand with a diversity of landscapes that will take you further off the beaten track. Here you will be able to spot whales near the shore, share the same beach with the seals, find some caves that you can explore on your own, dense rainforests -- all of this in a spot that fortunately is still out of the main touristic routes in New Zealand.
Make sure that you go to one of the best beaches in New Zealand -- Wharariki (you read it as "Farariki"). Here you'll find big sand dunes that are perfect for some jumps and photos, two really nice caves that you can explore at low tide, a big family of seals that live on this beach (and you'll share half an hour with them -- just don't get too close, because of the few baby seals), and in the end you'll have the best place to go for a swim, right before the rock with the window!
Nearby, a short walk of thirty minutes away, you'll find Cape Farwell -- also worth a visit. If you have more than a day, make sure you also visit The Grove, a magical forest that seems like it came right out of the "Jurassic Park" movie. These are the best spots if you're in a rush, but you can also enjoy the Te Waikoropupo Springs -- also known as Pupo Springs -- and the Wainui Falls.
There are a lot of hostels in Golden Bay -- a good bet is to settle in Takaka and explore the whole region from there, even if it takes more than two days. Most of Golden Bay's hostels are small and family owned; there are a few that are no more than a house shared with the owner -- and these are the best of all because you'll get the locals' knowledge of the best places for you to go.
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There are plenty of frequently asked questions about hostels in Golden Bay. We've collected the most common questions and doubts when it comes to picking your preferred accommodation in Golden Bay. The more you know, the better you can plan with confidence and ease, right?
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The Innlet Backpackers & Cottages is the best hostel in Golden Bay for families.
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Hey fam! Here are a few more tips from the community, from them to you, and you to them. This space is dedicated for travellers to share their best tips on backpacking Golden Bay. Have a closer look - the Hostelz community share real hidden gems, insider knowledge and overall impressions of Golden Bay. Everyone is welcome to add something useful, funny, unexpected and the "absolutely necessary to know before you go" - share, share and then share a little more!
I've been kayaking with Golden Bay Kayaks in Abel Tasman and although it was cheaper than the other kayaking companies it was beautiful and exciting. Even though I was beginner at kayaking, I could see a lot of great views within a half day. Awesome place for swimming and remote beaches. Friendly company stuffs. Love to go there again.
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You may wonder what to pack when staying in hostels? There is a few absolute basics you always have to pick. Other items are more optional and depend more on your location. Here is the must-packing items when staying in hostels:
These are the basics, yet there is more. We wrote a big, detailed guide on what to pack, tech gear and things you won't need.