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Adrift in Golden Bay
Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in Takaka
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed March 19, 2012

Golden Bay is over the hill, but it's worth the drive. It really is a beautiful place. Adrift is one of those special places with views that you just keep snapping pictures to try to capture it forever. So pretty. We spent four days there and loved every minute. The owners are lovely people, very accommodating and, at the same time unobtrusive. You have total privacy. The beach is deserted most of the time and at low tide, you can walk quite a ways without seeing anybody. The Mussel Inn, down the road a few, is a lot of fun, especially if they have music. However Adrift is pretty isolated, so we barbecued most nights, watching the stars. It is a heavenly place. For those who love to go off the beaten path and feed your soul with peace and beauty, this is the place. Go out to Wharariki Beach, great hike and a gorgeous beach.

Room Tip: We had the honeymoon cottage, very private and great views
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  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 28, 2012

Adrift is a small development of half a dozen well equipped chalets situated only 20m from a beautiful beach. Each chalet is self-contained and completely private. If you want quiet, perfect relaxation then Adrift will suit. The family owners are thoroughly pleasant, welcoming and helpful with advice and help in booking local attractions - we took the recommended Farewell Spit 4 hour tour which was excellent.

The only slight drawback is that the nearest bar/restaurant (the excellent Mussel Inn) is a 10 minute drive away so self catering becomes a distinct option.

Adrift is an outstanding experience and thoroughly recommended.

Room Tip: The beach side chalets with unobstructed sea views are well worth the slight premium.
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  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 12, 2012

We stayed in the studio and it was wonderful to sit on the deck and see the sea at both the end and the start of the day

Lovely breakfast hamper each day a real joy eating breakfast on the deck

We went to the Mussel Inn the food was good and the locals colourful a real find

Also amazing was the Farewell Spit Nature tour a fantastic and in formative four plus hours of se amazing scenery

  • Stayed: February 2012
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Reviewed January 27, 2012

We only had 4 nights in New Zealand, and needed to pick one location to relax and enjoy the area. Adrift at Golden Bay was absolutely perfect! Adrift has it all - welcoming hosts who pamper you the entire stay, a magnificent property located on the water, a very romantic setting, and a great location to enjoy the local scenery and attractions. Rather than having to leave your cabin for breakfast, the hosts provide a daily basket to your cabin - complete with locally grown fruits, delicious breads, and an assortment of granola, homemade yogurt and jams. What more could you ask for? Your day can be as laid back as you want, staying on the property, or you can venture out and visit awe-inspiring attractions such as the PuPu Springs and Farewell Spit. I would highly recommend a stay at Adrift!

Room Tip: No tips to pick a good room - they are all good !
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  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 24, 2012

There really is nothing to be said about this amazing hideaway, except if you are looking for some time out somewhere you can relax and really unwind then look no further! Everything is so private, the breakfasts are awsome, the spa bath is amazing and the beach is perfectly close! Although you feel miles away, you are close to everything you want to do - Or you can do nothing and enjoy the serenity. Go! You will not regret it!

Room Tip: We had Cabin #4, it is not a beachfront, but its hidden away :)
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  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 18, 2012

My boyfriend and I were looking for a place for me to study for my upcoming licensure exam in the US amidst our travels, so he found Adrift as our 5-day destination for me to seriously study in the most beautiful place imaginable. In one word: success.

The first thing that struck us as we drove down the driveway to the beachfront cottages was: is this for real? The path takes quite a while to drive down, and it's lined with the most romantic arrangement of trees. When we actually got to the cottages, we were once again blown away by not only all the amenities that were readily available, but the view of the beach. The bathroom is also gorgeous, complete with Jacuzzi bath.

The breakfast hampers were delicious. They give you a basket of food for the morning and you prepare it yourself - a system I'd never seen, but fully support now. The owners were readily available to help us out, whether it was advice for where to go, what to do, or if they had cooking oil. Gordon even led us to a penguin sighting! Very exciting stuff.

In total, this place is not to be missed if you're looking for an idyllic, peaceful getaway.

Room Tip: Cottage 1 is the honeymoon suite and is basically on its own plot of land if you want a lot of priva...
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  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 9, 2012

The guide book said that possibly the only drawback with Adrift might be that you wouldn't want to leave. It wasn't far off the mark. With so much beauty to see in NZ (and particularly South Island) choosing our itinerary for our holiday from the UK was always going to difficult. Having read about the beachside setting and after reading the family's website we had high hopes. We arrived after a long drive under grey skies but knew immediately we'd made the right decision. The accommodation is faultless, the setting perfect and the atmosphere totally relaxing. For the next 3 days we had the beach virtually to ourselves as we explored, under blue skies. It is no surprise that the family have been here nearly 30 years. Gordon & Bess were a delight to know and will help you with anything you need (thanks again for the use of the laptop, Gordon!)

Room Tip: All the houses are well positioned but we can highly recommend the Honeymoon Cottage
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  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled as a couple
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Address: 52 Tukurua Road, Takaka 7182, New Zealand
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Location: New Zealand > South Island > Nelson-Tasman Region > Golden Bay > Takaka
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in Takaka
Price Range: $190 - $943 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Adrift in Golden Bay 5*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A 5-Star, self-contained accommodation situated on a quiet, sandy and sheltered private beach. The 5 cottages and a studio are spread over 1 Ha of landscaped gardens to ensure guest privacy and a peaceful, relaxed and romantic atmosphere. All accommodations have king-size beds with breathtaking views over Golden Bay. The stylish, modern interiors feature warm timbers. Cottages all have luxury double spa baths. Centrally located between Abel Tasman, and Kahurangi National Parks and Farewell Spit Nature Reserve. This beautiful area is well known for artisans, interesting cafes and varied day walks ... more   less 
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