Golden Bay is relatively secluded and it therefore takes a little more time and effort to travel here. But you'll discover a destination that is unsurpassed in its pristine beauty and you'll soon come to appreciate why it's such a special place.
- There is only one road in and out of Golden Bay - State Highway 60. We highly recommend having a rental car during your stay to fully experience all Golden Bay has to offer. Public transport is very limited and Adrift in Golden Bay is 18km from our main town and shopping centre, Takaka.
From Nelson and the Nelson Airport (linking Christchurch, Wellington, Auckland, Queenstown):
Adrift in Golden Bay is a 1 hour, 45 min drive north-west of Nelson City.
Nelson Airport is possibly the best connected provincial airport in New Zealand. It has a total of 6 airlines operating from it
If you are flying into Nelson, there are several car rental companies available at the Nelson Airport.
By Air: There is a small Golden Bay based air company, Golden Bay Air that offers scheduled flights year-round directly between Wellington and Golden Bay. They also have rental cars available from $49 per day.
By Ferry & Road: From the North Island, two car & passenger ferry companies ply the Cook Straight between Wellington and Picton - The Interislander and the Bluebridge, both with a 3 hour sailing time. On arriving in Picton, you have a choice of two different routes to travel to Nelson, and then onto Golden Bay. The direct route takes just under 4 hours to drive to Adrift in Golden Bay; the scenic route through the Queen Charlotte Sounds takes an extra hour. Car rental is available at the Picton ferry terminal.
By Road: The most direct route is north to Amberly and through the Lewis Pass to Murchison. Head towards Nelson and watch for the turnoff to Motueka where you can join Highway 60 to Golden Bay. You should allow 7 hours driving time. An alternative route from Christchurch was to travel up the east coast on SH1 to Kaikora and on to Blenheim. However, as of 13th November 2016, there has been extensive damage to this highway, which is currently CLOSED, and is likely to remain so for some time until repairs are carried out.
Our GPS coordinates:
For those of you with a GPS our coordinates are S 40° 44.167' E 172° 42.150' or S 40º 44"10’ E172º 42"09' or -40.736183,17
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