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Washington, D.C.
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192 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 254 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

I have stayed at this property several times and each time I look forward to a return visit. The many positive reviews speak to the quality of the property and its outstanding team. The setting is amazing, especially if you opt for one of the beachfront cottages... which I recommend. On this visit I had nothing but outstanding weather... blue... More 

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Renwick, New Zealand
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27 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What an amazing place, right on the beach with the sound of the waves to wake to. The cottages are well set up with under floor heating in the bathroom, a really nice spa bath with all the toiletries. A choice of breakfasts, all in the middle of Golden Bay.

Thank Ian M
Emily L, Manager at Adrift in Golden Bay, responded to this review

Thanks for your review Ian! A relaxing, peaceful retreat is just what we hope our guests will experience here at Adrift. More 

Elko, Nevada
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95 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I stayed here for several days during our honeymoon and we loved this place! We were greeted by one of the owners when we arrived and she showed us around the grounds and our cottage. When I booked the place, I got to pick out what I wanted for breakfast and upon check-in, she had already brought... More 

Thank Rue C
gordonz, Owner at Adrift in Golden Bay, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your detailed review, it is always encouraging to us and our staff. We're so pleased we could be part of your honeymoon - glad you enjoyed your time with us! All the best for your new life together. More 

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46 reviews
28 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 October 2016

Right on the beach, very quiet, easy to get to - but about 1 minute drive off the main highway. Owner was very friendly and the BBQ grills were brand new. Cottage was very nice and the breakfast was very nice. Great walking along the beach.

1 Thank Chris B
gordonz, Owner at Adrift in Golden Bay, responded to this review

Glad you enjoyed your time at Adrift In Golden Bay. Thank you so much for posting your feedback. More 

Palmerston North, New Zealand
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5 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 October 2016

Stayed in the Honeymoon cottage and it was truly everything you could ever want from your honeymoon accommodation. Walk straight out the door and on to the beach, fantastic in room spa, and the bed was just perfect. Ask about the on site penguins and get out in the kayaks at least once. All those little details are thought of... More 

1 Thank Alena H
gordonz, Owner at Adrift in Golden Bay, responded to this review

Thanks for staying with us on your honeymoon. The baby penguins you saw are both doing well... mum and dad must be working hard keeping them fed as they are now almost the same size as their parents! More 

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120 reviews
37 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 October 2016

We stayed in the studio apartment for two nights and enjoyed the tranquility and vista. The room was very well appointed and we were supplied with a continental breakfast each morning. The beach is at the bottom of the garden and provides lots of opportunities for walks and exploration. Our hosts were lovely and unobtrusive. We enjoyed watching Pukeko parents... More 

1 Thank Aoreiata
gordonz, Owner at Adrift in Golden Bay, responded to this review

Thank you for your review! The baby pukekos (a New Zealand native bird) are indeed fun to watch – they've now reached a very comical “teenage” stage where their legs look far too big for their little bodies. More 

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117 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 October 2016 via mobile

We spent a wonderful night here in peace with stunning surroundings. Spotlessly clean with immaculate presentation the villa was well set up with great views (we had a garden villa) and a short amble to the beach. The villas are well designed and garden landscaping gorgeous. The deck had great seating (deck chairs as well as loungers) for enjoying the... More 

3 Thank Sandyexpat
gordonz, Owner at Adrift in Golden Bay, responded to this review

Thanks so much for your positive feedback. We're glad you appreciate the hard work that goes into developing and maintaining our property. Great that you enjoyed the Beachview Cottage and the Mussel Inn. More 

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6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 July 2016

Fantastic Hosts and location. The most comfortable bed we have slept in and a beautiful view to wake up to. Don't pass up the opportunity to come stay in this slice of heaven, enjoy the wonderful breakfast, and soak in the atmosphere of this wonderful spot. The room was warm and toasty and just the spot to enjoy watching a... More 

Thank Toddkelly33
gordonz, Owner at Adrift in Golden Bay, responded to this review

So pleased to hear you enjoyed your stay with us and look forward to hosting you again when you return to New Zealand. More 

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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 27 May 2016

I unreservedly recommend this place to all couples looking for a romantic and peaceful get away. We wish we could have stayed for a lot longer. It was private, luxurious and everything was perfect. We will be back.

Thank Rebecca B
gordonz, Owner at Adrift in Golden Bay, responded to this review

Thank you for staying with us and for taking the time to post a review - it is always such an encouragement to us and our staff. We look forward to meeting you again. More 

Haan, Germany
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16 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 May 2016

As soon as you turn into the driveway of “Adrift in Golden Bay” you get the feeling that this is something special: perfectly manicured lawns, immaculate tree-based windbreaks and then the view of the ocean. Gordon took our luggage to our beachfront cottage where we spent several minutes saying “wow” to each other as we looked at the sea, the... More 

2 Thank phhew
gordonz, Owner at Adrift in Golden Bay, responded to this review

Great that you enjoyed our peaceful little corner of New Zealand and your stay in the Studio. The night skies are amazing aren't they! Thanks for taking the time to write a review. More 

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Parking
  • Beachfront
  • Free Breakfast
About the property
  • Beachfront
  • Wheelchair Access
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
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  • Refrigerator in room
  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Parking
  • Free Breakfast
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  • Self-Serve Laundry
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 

Additional Information about Adrift in Golden Bay

Address: 52 Tukurua Road, Takaka 7182, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Nelson-Tasman Region > Golden Bay > Takaka
Price Range: RM898 - RM3,019 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Adrift in Golden Bay 5*
Number of rooms: 6
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Also Known As:
Adrift In Golden Bay Hotel Takaka
Adrift In Golden Bay Nelson
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“Go for a beach access room”
 of 5 bubbles ianm965, 9 Nov 2016 | Read review
“All rooms provide privacy and I don't believe noise could ever be a problem. Intimate”
 of 5 bubbles , 17 Oct 2016 | Read review
“Pay a little extra and go for the beach front”
 of 5 bubbles Toddkelly33, 8 Jul 2016 | Read review
“Beach view cottage”
 of 5 bubbles 538suhanaa, 12 Jan 2016 | Read review
“See above for recommendations”
 of 5 bubbles smg81, 22 Dec 2015 | Read review
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