Golden Bay Hideaway

Frequently Asked Questions

Accommodation

Which holiday home is right for me?

Couples:
House Truck, Tiny Greenie and Little Greenie will suit a relationship-nurture holiday retreat - especially where seclusion and peaceful surroundings are priorities.

Families:
Kiwi Greenie offers an eco-retreat with total comfort for everyone (sleeps up to four), better suited for children. Tiny Greenie and House Truck sleep four in a small space with the beds on mezzanine platforms.

Hippie House is suitable accommodation for families who wish to find a holiday home to let the days drift by. Sleeps up to four.

How do I know that Golden Bay Hideaway is quality accommodation?

You can take our word for it - seriously, you should trust us - we're not biased at all ;)
You can read customer reviews on our Airbnb.com page.

What are the bedding arrangements in the various houses?

All our prices are based on two people sharing a bed. All bed linen and towels are provided. Soaps and detergents are provided.

Kiwi Greenie: Main bed is a super king which can be separated into two singles if previously arranged ($30 charge). The other bed is a queen double in the living area.

Little Greenie: Main bed is a super king which can be separated into two singles if previously arranged ($30 charge).

Tiny Greenie and House Truck: Two private queen size beds, one at each end, access by stairs/ladder. Please note, due to falling hazard please take care with small children, one bed has a safety net.

Hippie House: Main bed is a super king. Second room has a queen bed.

NB: Extra guests can be accommodated with a mattress on the floor in some cases. Extra guests/mattresses are $30 per night per person.

What is your policy on children and babies?

Our policy regarding wee darlings is:

  • Children sleeping in normal beds: the usual $30 per night applies as extra guests.

  • Under 6 months with own bedding there is no charge.

  • Over 6 months:
    Our experience has shown that as soon as kids are crawling our cleaning services increase compared with adults, particularly with the large window areas we have in the houses. They use the same linen and hot water and that is why we apply the fee.

-If you bring your own cot and bedding there will be a one off $30 cleaning fee

-If we supply cot and bedding the normal rate of $30 per night per extra person applies

Will I survive a composting toilet experience?

The Greenies and the House Truck are truly unique places to stay. Part of that experience is the composting toilets.

Many guests find staying with us offers them their first experience with a composting toilet.

This may bring about many questions and sometimes a little concern for the unknown, or a different way to 'normal'.

The composting toilet is very easy to use - simply do what you need to do, followed by a small amount of sawdust - close the lid and you're done!
The beauty of the composting toilet is you can also put all of your food wastes in it to compost down as well. They are a big part of the environmental philosophy at the Hideaway.

Read the feedback left by guests about the composting toilet:

"Very impressed with toilet - I will be putting one in our new house - loved it, can't wait to recommend it!"

"Even changed my mind about composting toilets - it's completely odourless - bravo!"

Can I bring pets?

We have a no dog/cat policy due to past experiences. We border the Abel Tasman National Park and the weka population is just rebounding after being hunted by dogs.
Sorry for this.

What time is check-in and check-out?

You can arrive any time after 2pm. On the day of departure please leave by 10am or as arranged beforehand.

Can we have a late check-out?

Yes you can upon request. $40 late check-out fee and at the discretion of our managers, you can ask them about a late check out when you check in. Check out would then be around 12 noon.

How should I prepare for my stay at Golden Bay Hideaway?

Here's a few important things to consider for your stay:

NB: our prices are based on 2 people sharing a bed, if you require an additional bed made up please contact us directly ($30 charge applies).

Leave your work behind
We don't provide wifi to interrupt your chill (though there is good mobile coverage).

Stock up
The closest supermarket is in Tākaka, you may want to stock up before you get here as you may never want to leave! The closest restaurants and cafés are in Pōhara, 15 min drive back toward Tākaka, where there is also a dairy which sells a range of food. We supply all linen, tea, (Raglan Roast) plunger coffee, milk powder, sugar, olive oil, salt/pepper, eco hair/body wash.

Pure water
Our water is pure and natural and good to drink, no need to bring plastic bottled water with you.

Make the most of your time
You can arrive any time after 2pm and we advise you to get here early as the drive from Nelson can be challenging in the dark.

Plan your days
There's lots to do and you may wish to look at some of these local recommendations.

Find your way
Follow these directions to get to Golden Bay Hideaway from Tākaka, Golden Bay:

  • It's approximately 24km from Tākaka to Golden Bay Hideaway (25 minutes drive).
  • In Tākaka turn right after the supermarket into Motupipi Street.
  • Turn right at the end of the road and follow scenic Abel Tasman Drive toward Pohara, Abel Tasman National Park and Tōtaranui.
  • Travel 22km through the settlements of Pōhara, Ligar Bay and Tata Beach.
  • Travel through Wainui until you come to McShane Road on your left.
  • Take the McShane Rd turnoff - DO NOT go up the gravel road and over the hill to Tōtaranui.
  • Travel 2.2km along McShane Rd to Golden Bay Hideaway on your right.
  • This link to Google Maps might also be helpful: Google Maps

When you get to our property push the intercom button on the driveway by the big green shed to talk to us. Should it be late or we are not available please follow the signs to your designated home. The doors are unlocked, please make yourself at home and we will see you there later.

Enjoy your stay
On the day of departure please leave by 10am or as arranged.

Oh and don't forget to bring your favoured beverage to enjoy in the hot bath! 🍾 🛀

Surrounds and Activities

How private are the holiday homes?

Each house is extremely private and surrounded by native bush with views over Wainui Bay.

What day walks can we do from the property?

Close by we have shorter tracks like the Wainui Falls track, the Grove Scenic Reserve, Rawhiti Cave, Taupo Point and many tracks around Tōtaranui.

There are many day walks and mountain bike tracks close by, see our Attractions section for more options.

Abel Tasman National Park - Northern Loop Day Walk;
Golden Bay Hideaway offers a service to drop guests off in Tōtaranui in the morning using your car for $50. Your car is returned to our place at 220 McShane and you can walk the northern loop (approx 5 hours) back to your vehicle. Please inquire with managers to arrange. This is for guests only.

NB: we do not make arrangements for food parcels or supply.

What hiking and tramping tracks do you recommend?

There are longer tracks like the Heaphy Track and Abel Tasman Coastal Track.

You can view a map of local activities or see our Attractions section for lots more options.

Northern Loop - Golden Bay Hideaway offers a service to drop guests off in Tōtaranui in the morning using your car for $50. Your car is returned to our place at 220 McShane and you can walk the northern loop (approx 5 hours) back to your vehicle. Please inquire with managers to arrange. Service for guests only. We do not arrange for food parcels or hampers.

Can we go kayaking or paddle-boarding and where can we hire equipment?

Yes, please contact Golden Bay Kayaks who are located at Tata Beach, 10 minutes drive away.

How far away is the beach?

The estuary and DoC carpark is approx 1km away (a 10-15min walk) and Wainui beach is another easy 10min walk through native bush. The start of the Abel Tasman Track is at the Wainui carpark.

Is the beach safe for swimming?

Both the beach and the estuary are very safe for swimming and are child friendly.

Where are the nearest shops?

The closest restaurants and cafes are in Pohara, 15 minutes drive toward Takaka, where there is also a mini supermarket which sells a range of food. The closest supermarket is in Takaka, you may want to stock up before you get here.

What are the local dining out options?

Some options are:

Wainui Bay:

  • Totos Cafe and Gallery - CLOSED CURRENTLY 10min from Golden Bay Hideaway. Open weekends and summertime, wood fired pizzas and beers.

Pohara:

  • Ratanui Lodge - excellent fine dining
  • Kotare Sands - casual
  • Takeaways at Pōhara Store

Tākaka (all recommended):

  • Roots Bar - best burgers on the planet
  • Dada Manifesto - NEW restaurant, beautiful food/cocktails
  • The Dangerous Kitchen - takeaways only
  • The Wholemeal Café
  • O'Sha - Thai restaurant
  • Delish - deli/cafe

Beyond:

  • The Mussel Inn - just famous, rightly so!
  • M.A.D. Cafe - Collingwood

Getting Here and Transport

Flying and rental cars?

Tākaka airport is approximately 35kms away (40 minutes by car). Golden Bay Air offer stunning scenic flights from Wellington across the Marlborough Sounds, D'Urville Island and the Abel Tasman National Park. They also have hire cars available, http://www.goldenbayair.co.nz/.

Nelson airport is approximately 109kms away (2 hours by car). Hire cars are available.

See our How to Find Us page for more details.

Can we get a pick-up and drop-off?

Golden Bay Coachlines run a comprehensive bus service between Nelson, Tākaka and Wainui Bay. Please contact them to arrange on (03) 525 8352 or see http://goldenbaycoachlines.co.nz/

Abel Tasman - Northern Loop: Golden Bay Hideaway offers a service to drop guests off in Tōtaranui in the morning using your car for $50. Your car is returned to our place at 220 McShane and you can walk the northern loop (approx 5 hours) back to your vehicle. This service is at the managers discretion and availability. Please inquire with managers to arrange. Service for guests only. We do not arrange food hampers or deliveries.

If you wish to enjoy a guided trip in the National Park with food, pickups and accommodation provided please see www.abeltasmanguides.co.nz.

Are there any bus services?

Yes, for a timetable please visit Golden Bay Coachlines.

Can we store our luggage with you while we walk the Abel Tasman track?

Yes.

Can we park our car with you while we walk the Abel Tasman track?

Yes - free for guests.

Have you got an online map?

Yes, please visit our How to Find Us page.

Facilities

Are there any internet facilities available?

There is no fixed line broadband or wifi. However we have good cell phone coverage with 3G/4G mobile broadband for those with the necessary devices.

Is there mobile phone coverage?

Yes, we have good mobile phone coverage.

What kitchen facilities are available?

Each house has full kitchen facilities, excluding dishwasher and microwave.

We supply some complimentary plunger coffee, tea, milk powder, sugar, salt/pepper, and olive oil.

Do you have laundry facilities?

Yes, a shared, coin-operated ($4, detergent supplied) washing machine and clotheslines available at the big shed.

Is the water safe for drinking?

Yes.

Accessibility

How accessible are the homes for wheelchairs?

Our latest holiday home Kiwi Greenie is build with accessibility in mind. Not only is wheelchair access a priority but we've also ensured there is enough space for caregivers.

Bookings and Policy

What is your accommodation booking and cancellation policy?

In these uncertain times it can be hard to make a plan for the future. We reckon taking a break shouldn't be a stressful experience. So we're making it easy for you to have no worries with our simple cancellation policy.

We welcome all guests regardless of their vaccination status. Our staff are all vaccinated.

• If your cancellation is LESS than or equal to 40 days prior to your stay and we CAN fill the vacancy we will refund your payment after deducting a $50 admin fee.

• If we CAN'T fill your vacancy your payment is non-refundable.

• If your cancellation is LONGER than 40 days prior to your stay, we will refund your payment after deducting a $50 admin fee.

How can I book accommodation?

Please look at our availability calendars for all accommodation options - Accommodation Availability

What is the current situation with making bookings during the COVID-19 pandemic?

New Zealand borders are once again open to the world. We look forward to accepting your booking and welcoming you to Wainui Bay.

Do you do one night stays?

No, unfortunately it is not economic for us to offer one night stays. We highly recommend you come for two nights anyway as it's a decent drive to get here and you won't want to leave!

No doubt you'll be tempted to contact us when you see a one-night available on our booking calendar. Even under these circumstances we will not take your booking. Save us all the time and don't bother emailing or calling to check.

What is the deal with the $50 cleaning fee?

We charge a one-off $50 cleaning fee for your entire booking. We don't offer a daily cleaning service. Because our fee is just once for your stay it means that the longer you stay the lower the nightly rate.

The cleaning fee goes towards the costs involved in changing over the room, consumables, laundry, running a vehicle etc. It doesn’t cover it completely but is closer to the honest cost of the cleaning/changeover fee. The only variation is if we have to make up two beds, which is a one-off cost.

The cleaning fee is also a mechanism we use for pricing that means the longer people stay the cheaper the overall rate becomes. Other providers may have a lower cleaning fee but their tariff is similar and therefore the guest doesn’t benefit from staying longer.

We deter people from using both beds, unless they’ve paid for extra guests, because if the second bed is used/unmade we still need to wash the mattress protector, pillow protectors and the bed cover (as we can only assume it was slept in), and this is more work than it would be to just wash the regular linen.

Be aware that the cleaning fee is often hidden on third-party booking websites, not shown until you're at the checkout. You're better off booking direct with us - it's a bit cheaper too!

Why should I book direct with Golden Bay Hideaway?

Our accommodation can be found and booked on third-party websites (such as Airbnb and Booking.com) where it can "appear" less expensive. These websites often hide additional fees which you won't find until you're sorting payment.

In fact it's always 25% less expensive to book direct with us.

Also their booking cancellation policies may differ for ours.