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Santa Cruz, Ca
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74 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 January 2014

Take a deep breath. Now let it out slowly... You have arrived. A handful of beautiful, well built private cottages with folding glass "walls" that open to the ocean to let any stress wash away. Beds, kitchen- all beautifully appointed. Fill out a breakfast card (fresh eggs & bacon or fruit & muesli) and it will be quietly delivered in... More 

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

Thank you for your wonderfully descriptive review- it's always so encouraging to receive good feedback and is very valuable to us to be able to “experience” Adrift from someone else's perspective. More 

Stockport, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 14 January 2014

We found this a perfect place to relax for three days after a hectic tour of South Island. The lodges are luxurious and in a perfect location right on a stunning beach. Facilities are superb with everything you need for a short or longer stay.The hosts are friendly & welcoming providing excellent breakfasts .We would loved to have stayed longer.

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Thank PJay65
Emily L, Manager at Adrift in Golden Bay, responded to this review

Thanks so much for taking the time to write your feedback. It's great to hear that you found your stay here relaxing and luxurious and that you would have liked to stay longer. The Honeymoon Cottage, our two Beachfront Cottages and our Studio are approximately the same distance from the beach and all have their own beach access and gardens,... More 

Wadenhoe, United Kingdom
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82 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 December 2013

Stayed for a few days and wish it had been more. Great location next to the beach. Well equipped chalets and nice hosts. The gardens were delightful with manicured lawns. Woken every morning by birdsong. Adrift is close to some really nice places well worth seeing including Farewell Spit, Takaka Town and Tata Bay. Wainui Falls should not be missed.... More 

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Gordon H, Owner at Adrift in Golden Bay, responded to this review

Many thanks for your review. Yes guests often comment they wish they had stayed longer and often do if they are able to return to New Zealand. Golden Bay has a lot of things to see and do, especially if you enjoy the outdoors. The new WiFi antenna is up and working! We are really looking forward to finally being... More 

New Orleans, Louisiana
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6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 December 2013

This is one of the best places we have ever stayed, anywhere in the world. The location is divine - just a 15 min drive to the city of Takaka but on a beach so remote that you encounter only a handful of people a day. View is stunning. Cottages are lovely. Gordon and Bess are incredibly friendly and knowledgeable... More 

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Gordon H, Owner at Adrift in Golden Bay, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write a review and we're happy that you enjoyed our quiet yet central location. We have always looked to develop Adrift In Golden Bay with a mind to enhance its natural beauty and tranquillity. We look forward to seeing you another time. More 

Christchurch, New Zealand
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17 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 October 2013

By NZ standards this is not a cheap option but is worth every cent. The chalets are large, private and a very short stone's throw from a deserted beach. The furnishings and finish are all immaculate and the service is unobtrusively excellent. We borrowed some kayaks for a trip up the bay althouh you probably get more out of this... More 

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Gordon H, Owner at Adrift in Golden Bay, responded to this review

Glad you found Adrift to be value for money and a good place to slow down and relax. Thanks for adding to the reviews - they are very important to us, especially as a small family run business with a “Farmer's Market” philosophy of selling direct to our guests. This enables us to keep our prices reasonable whilst still investing... More 

Sheffield, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 14 May 2013

Stayed over Easter 2013. Turned up without a booking & the owners were excellent. The accomodation & setting are absolutely fantastic. Chalets are fab, with modern fittings. Breakfast hampers were great & very generous, we used the museli for the rest of our holiday. Garden & beach just great, at the time of our visit the beach was more or... More 

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Gordon H, Owner at Adrift in Golden Bay, responded to this review

Glad you appreciated Bess's breakfast hampers and home-made museli, I appreciate it every morning! Thanks for taking the time to write. More 

Hong Kong
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22 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 May 2013

The location is outstanding, in the middle of the Golden bay. Chalets are beautiful, large and modern with confortable rooms, beautiful bathroom and a great garden finishing on the beach. Breakfast is really good. You have to cook yourself but it was not an issue for us. The owners were really helpful in providing tips to plan our days. You... More 

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Gordon H, Owner at Adrift in Golden Bay, responded to this review

Thanks for the review. Glad you appreciated our central location in Golden Bay. We would encourage all travelers to check the location of places on Google Maps before they book accommodation to ensure the location fits their expectations (we have been caught out on our own travels booking out-of -the-way places when we really needed a central location to explore... More 

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Reviewed 1 May 2013 via mobile

The grounds at adrift speak for themselves. Absolutely gorgeous!! The breakfast provided by the hosts is perfect! Some of the best produce we've ever had. They made our time in Golden Bay so memorable! The units are well stocked, comfortable beds, beachfront access, gracious hosts. The list of reasons for you to stay at Adrift goes on and on! Not... More 

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Gordon H, Owner at Adrift in Golden Bay, responded to this review

Thanks for showing your appreciation of our grounds; we do enjoy gardening and landscaping. We are looking forward to enhancing our gardens even more in the coming years as our son Jordan has just completed his course in Landscape Design and will be back on “The Team” in January. More 

Sonoma, California
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31 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 May 2013

This lovely spot is BETTER than the photos.... it met all of our expectations and much more. We stayed in the studio beachfront for 2 nights and wish we had planned for more. The size was just perfect for the two of us, as we did not want nor need a kitchen. The accommodations are first class. We were amazed... More 

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Gordon H, Owner at Adrift in Golden Bay, responded to this review

Thank you so much for posting your comments on Tripadvisor. We are glad that Adrift and the Studio exceeded your expectations; we would hate to disappoint guests by over-selling! More 

Sydney
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20 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 April 2013

Right on the water's edge, you really couldn't hope for a better location, could you! We booked 3 nights and stayed for 4.... loved exploring the area, and enjoyed just being able to relax on the deck and watch the gentle waves lap the shore. Immaculately clean and beautifully presented, it's an ideal getaway. Eating out, The Mussel Inn is... More 

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Gordon H, Owner at Adrift in Golden Bay, responded to this review

Thanks for showing your appreciation of our location, we have always developed Adrift In Golden Bay with a mind to enhance its natural beauty and tranquility. Thanks too for your helpful hints about things to do in Golden Bay, I'm sure others who read your review will find your suggestions helpful. 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
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  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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  • Free Parking
  • Free Breakfast
  • Laundry Service
  • 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: $268 - $911 (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
Adrift In Golden Bay Takaka, New Zealand
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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
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