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Golden Bay is Open and Accessible

Following recent storm damage the Takaka Hill road to Golden Bay was left badly damaged, limiting road access. But with lots of hard work the road to Golden Bay is now open several times a day and the daily bus service to/from Nelson has been restored. So you can now drive over the Takaka Hill as before (with some restrictions), or arrive by boat, bus or plane.

If you need a vehicle while in Golden Bay you can bring it over in one of the timed convoys. These run Monday to Saturday from 6 – 8am and again from 5 – 7pm. And escorted convoys run all day Sunday from 8am – 5pm. These convoys will also run 8am – 5pm each day over Easter. We suggest you call us on 03 525 9887 or email for up-to-date information.

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Options for Getting to Takaka include flights in to Nelson or Takaka, self drive, private transfer or local bus.

Options for Getting to Anahata from Takaka include selfdrive, local shuttle or taxi, or set-time complimentary pick up at the Takaka i-Site before the start of most retreats.

Anahata Location

Anahata Yoga Retreat, New Zealand is situated in the midst of native beech forest with spectacular ocean views bordering the Abel Tasman National Park. We are located in the beautiful Golden Bay of New Zealand, in the northwest part of the South Island. Anahata is situated 640 metres (2000 ft.) above sea level, at an idyllic spot called Bird’s Clearing. The closest town is Takaka.

The two closest airports are Takaka (limited service link) and Nelson. We are 15km from Takaka, with the last 7km being unsealed. You will have to cross 5 small fords. A 4WD vehicle is helpful, but many people drive up in 2WD cars without any problem.

Anahata is half an hour away from any shops, banks or internet cafes. Please attend to any needs in town before you come to Anahata. Note that we do not have eftpos or credit card facilities at this time. If you have any questions about traveling to Anahata or if we can help you in any way, please contact us.


Getting to Anahata

Local Taxi Service
You can hire the local MaxiCab Shuttle service. Book online or ring the freephone number or text 0800-MaxiCab (0800-6294222) to book a taxi service. It is essential to pre-book in advance (limited rural service).

By Bus
Golden Bay Coachlines offers daily services from Nelson to Takaka departs Nelson daily at 3:30pm, arriving in Takaka at 5:45pm.

By Air
There is an airport in Nelson, and there is a small airport in Takaka. Nelson is the main national airport for the region and is a 2 hour drive from Takaka. Or fly directly from Wellington to Takaka.

Golden Bay Air offers scheduled flights from Wellington directly to Takaka all year.This is a gorgeous flight over Cook Strait and Abel Tasman National Park.
Air New Zealand offers daily flights to Nelson.

Self-Drive Directions

From Nelson, which is the main city in the north part of the South Island, travel west through the town of Motueka. Note that there are no petrol stations
available between Motueka and Takaka, so best to fill up in Motueka. Stick to the speed limits to avoid traps!

After crossing the Takaka Hill from Nelson, you will drive towards and into Takaka. Turn Right immediately past the Visitors Centre (Don’t go through Takaka!). Follow the road to the roundabout at the dairy factory and turn Right. Drive towards Pohara Beach for about 10 minutes. The road curves on a big right and then a big left. You will pass Motupipi School (on left), then take the next turn right at the Clifton ‘+’ crossroads. Turn right at the next ‘T’ Junction at Carlyle Street. Follow this road to the next T-junction and turn LEFT continuing on Clifton Road. As you turn you will see an orange “Anahata Retreat” sign. You will come to a gravel road and a sign saying Bird Road. Follow the gravel road (Bird Road) up to the top of the mountain (7km). You will notice a sign part way up the hill with several family names on it. This is a private driveway/road to their house. Continue on past this drive. There are some shallow fords and various gates. Please leave the gates as you find them (closed if closed). When you are half way up you will come to 2 gates side-by-side. Go through the left gate (not the one going down the hill to thefarm).

When you arrive at the top after approx. 30 minutes driving you will see a little sign on the other side of the top gate to the right that says Abel Tasman Wainui Hut. Go through this gate and follow the same gravel/dirt road heading a little left. On your left (a hundred metres or so) you will see a row of big Pine Trees, a house and some gardens. There is an “ANAHATA” sign on the fence to the right of the gate. You have arrived. Welcome to Anahata Yoga Retreat!

Park outside and walk through the Anahata gate to the office (in front of and attached
to the building you see).

Nelson to Takaka – 2 hour 10 minute drive
Motueka to Takaka – 1 hour drive
Takaka to Anahata – 30 minute drive (15 km)

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