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Adrift in Golden Bay

5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   52 Tukurua Road, Takaka 7172, New Zealand
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Frimley Green, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The website left a great impression of this wonderful place. The hosts were friendly and welcoming. We loved to learn about the little blue penguins and to see the nest. Was such a treat to watch the dolphins swimming in the bay whilst we drank our early morning cuppa in bed. Breakfast arrangements suited us well. Sooo much food! Thank... More

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Hong Kong, China
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

very romantic place to stay in couple. love the mushroom in the breakfast baskets. i did kayaking , it was so cool and so different comparing doing it in the calm sea. the owner was very helpful giving great travel advices.

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Bess_Hampson, Owner at Adrift in Golden Bay, responded to this review

Wonderful that you have such good memories of your time with us, especially the breakfast and the kayaking and thanks for taking the time to write. More

Biggar, United Kingdom
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127 hotel reviews
446 helpful votes 446 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2014

Our schedule saw us fly in from Dunedin, via Christchurch to Nelson late afternoon, pick up a hire car and drive over Takaka Hill to Golden Bay. It’s quite a drive. By the time we reached Takaka (the town) we needed to stop for a meal break and then, with darkness falling, completed the last leg of our journey to... More

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Bess_Hampson, Owner at Adrift in Golden Bay, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write such an extensive review. Glad that you enjoyed the relaxed style and the quality of our breakfast set up. We're sorry about the limited TV channels; we have since updated our system to give better quality viewing and now have 12 channels to choose from. Thank you for the feedback about some... More

Melbourne, Australia
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63 reviews 63 reviews
48 hotel reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2014

Glorious drive to get to Adrift, and we felt instantly like we were in paradise as we came up the long drive way. We received a warm and unhurried welcome from Gordon, were helped with our luggage and shown to our cottage. Oh what a fantastic view from the rooms. The kitchen was very well equipped and had everything we... More

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Bess_Hampson, Owner at Adrift in Golden Bay, responded to this review

Thank you so much for all the lovely comments – it's great to hear how much you appreciated staying with us and we're very grateful that you took the time to recommend Adrift. We're sure your comments will be helpful to others who are considering spending time here. More

Washington DC, District of Columbia
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2014

You need to stay here. The cottages provide fantastic luxuries, unparalleled views, delicious breakfasts, and an ideal private setting. They are also perfectly located to explore the stunning landscape that surrounds the Golden Bay and Abel Tasman areas. Would highly recommend this.

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Bess_Hampson, Owner at Adrift in Golden Bay, responded to this review

Thanks so much for your glowing recommendations – we really appreciate your feedback. More

London, United Kingdom
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2014

We had a really lovely time here - a proper honeymoon type experience. Relaxed, unhurried, but with all the right touches. Despite having to ford floods to get to Adrift (unusually fierce cyclone!) the sun came out and we were able to completely relax in this wonderful place. We loved how easy it was to get to the beautiful beach,... More

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Bess_Hampson, Owner at Adrift in Golden Bay, responded to this review

We're so pleased that you enjoyed the beginning of your honeymoon with us after having to endure the delay caused by the tail end of the cyclone that affected New Zealand. It was a delight chatting with you both and thanks for taking the time to write your review and all the best for your new life together! More

Chicago, Illinois
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17 hotel reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

If you're going to stay in Golden Bay, this is the only choice. We had the honeymoon cottage, which is the best of them -- a bit more private and secluded with its own "front yard" and wonderful lounge chairs to hang out in and watch the water. The breakfasts (delivered the afternoon prior) are plentiful and the rooms were... More

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

Thank you very much for your feedback. Glad you enjoyed our Honeymoon Cottage. We have installed a new Wi-Fi system since your stay which even reaches to parts of the beach! Our previous system struggled, particularly connecting with smart phones. We have just now been able to get rural broadband (ADSL), so we no longer need to limit data use... More

Nelson, New Zealand
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

This was my second visit to Adrift. The standard of the cottages is vey high and they are extremely clean. Even though the cottages were full you would not know you had neighbours. A lovely sound waking up to the waves on the beach. The breakfast is presented lovely.

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

Thanks for taking the time to write a review and for staying with us a second time. Glad you appreciated the quiet surroundings and privacy - maintaining both are high on our priority list. More

Perth, United Kingdom
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113 reviews 113 reviews
37 hotel reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

Adrift Paradise found We needed some respite time on our tour and Paul Carberry of New Zealand in Depth said 4 nights at Adrift in Golden Bay was the ideal tonic and base to recharge batteries, he was of course correct yet again. Bess & Gordon were superb helpful hosts, the studio was very comfortable, the position on the lawn... More

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

Thank you so much for your review and for your advice to other travelers. We are fortunate to have a good selection of cafés and restaurant in Golden Bay and I'm glad you enjoyed sampling some of them! More

Pershore
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2014

We stayed for 5 nights in the Honeymoon Cottage and loved it! Our hosts and their family were welcoming and very helpful when we needed it, keeping discretely out of our way most of the time. Our breakfast basket was quietly delivered each day with fresh fruit, often from the garden, yoghurt, juice, bread and eggs, bacon, mushrooms and tomatoes... More

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

So pleased that you enjoyed your time at Adrift and thank you for taking the time to review and recommend us. Great that you enjoyed our local venues, our “in-house” produce and that of our locality. I am sure others will find your recommendations very helpful. More

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Address: 52 Tukurua Road, Takaka 7172, New Zealand
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Location: New Zealand > South Island > Nelson-Tasman Region > Golden Bay > Takaka
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Adrift in Golden Bay 5*
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