Rest your weary bones in a horse-friendly homestead, a pair of cosy chalets, or a well-appointed motel on the outskirts of Tākaka.
Hack ‘n Stay
Do you and your horse need a holiday? If so, this eco-friendly accommodation is just the ticket. Along with opportunities to learn more about good horsemanship and experience glorious coastal scenery on horseback, there’s oodles of cross-country trails. Stay in the 120-year-old eco homestead or camping ground. Don’t worry if you can’t BYO horse because they’ll provide one for you. See: hackfarm.co.nz
Wetland View Park
On the west coast of Golden Bay are two cosy chalets built on the Mangarākau swamp, at 400ha the largest remaining wetland in Nelson/Marlborough. Both Chalet Rata and Chalet Rimu have their own kitchens, as well as a gas barbecue. Wander through the wetland and native bush, then drive up the road to explore the local rock pools. See: wetlandviewpark.co.nz
In the heart of Golden Bay, about where you enter Tākaka township, is this bright and breezy accommodation. Rest your weary bones in one of 20 rooms, from king and queen studios to one and two bedroom rooms, even a spa studio with a two-person jacuzzi tub. Each room has a full kitchenette so you can whip up your own meals. See: mohuamotels.co.nz
Staying safe: New Zealand is currently under Covid-19 restrictions. Face coverings are mandatory on all flights and public transport. Proof of vaccination and vaccine exemption may be required in some venues under the traffic light system. Follow the instructions at covid19.govt.nz.