Regular Nelson – Golden Bay bus services have a habit of coming and going over the years, and they generally have a limited schedule. It’s recommended to try the companies listed on the Nelson i-site website and ask for current services to Takaka in Golden Bay.
Once on a bus, ask to be dropped off at Hangdog Camp which is on the bus route down the Takaka Valley- usually the bus driver’s are fine with this- otherwise you may have to walk/ arrange transport for the 4 km back to the Camp from the i-site in Takaka.
Driving/ hitching/ cycling:
-Get directions from wherever you are in the country to the Abel Tasman National Park and follow those.
-Once you get to Motueka, stay on State Highway 60 following the signs for Takaka and/or Collingwood. This will take you up and over the Takaka Hill (very windy section of road over the ranges- take extreme care in adverse weather).
-Once over the Takaka Hill,you will find the village of Upper Takaka (not the same as Takaka!). From here, follow the road down the Takaka Valley for approximately 15- 20 km. When you cross Paynes Ford bridge (with some large attractive cliffs off to your right hand side) drive 100m on and look for the sign:
If you get to Takaka township, you’ve gone a bit far, just turn around and head back for 3km or so, and when you see the big bridge ahead of you, look to your left.
If it’s a reasonable hour feel free to call us as well… it’s much easier over the phone.