River Inn

The River Inn is nestled in Golden Bay a unique New Zealand region offering endless variety - Golden beaches...alpine valley's...fishing rivers. The grand 110 year old historic inn offers excellent budget accomodation close to the beaches and sea.

Golden Bay is one of New Zealands most diverse and appealing holiday destinations. It is located north west of Nelson. Click here to view a map of the region.

Highlights of the Golden Bay region include:

Marble Mountain, pastureland, bustling township of Takaka and windswept Seacliff's, glaciated mountain ranges and beaches. GB's famous walks - the Abel Tasman National Park Coastal Track and Kahurangi's Heahpy Track . Hiking in Cobb valley, gentler tracks lead to Pupu Springs, Wainui Falls and the Kaituna Goldfield.There's something for everyone in the Golden Bay area. Breath taking scenery, beautiful safe beaches, arts and crafts what more could you want!

Accommodation and Rates

We offer a wide variety of different room types to suit all travellers. Single, double, bunk beds, tent and campervan sites and a spacious dormitory with a bunk room, TV and own kitchen.

  • Single room - $30 per person per night
  • Double and twin rooms - $30 per person per night
  • Tent sites $18 up to 2 persons ($5 per extra person)
  • Campervans FREE
  • Campervans fully self contained FREE

We have fully lockable rooms with a safe available for valuables

Finding your Way to the River Inn, Takaka.

Drive from Nelson or Motueka via Scenic Highway 60 over the "Marble Mountain" (Takaka Hill) and take in the views over Tasman Bay, Golden Bay and Kahurangi National Park.

Bus services following scenic routes provide comfortable direct travel from Nelson or Christchurch into Golden Bay daily.

Travel Times by Car:

  • Nelson 2.00 hrs
  • Westport 4.30hrs
  • St. Arnaud 3.45 hrs

Alternatively, Fly into the heart of Golden Bay, landing at Takaka airport. Scheduled flights (ex Wellington) with Takaka Air Services. *Heaphy track connections available*

Facilities and Services

  • Spacious clean backpacker's kitchen and dining area, all fully equipped.
  • 24-hour key - access to hotel and private room.
  • Comfortable writing and meeting lounges one with an open fire and one with a T.V
  • High pressure showers.
  • Full laundry facilities - washing machine and drying machine
  • Free coffee and tea
  • Bicycles to explore the regions beaches and alpine valleys, car and bicycle storage available
  • Wetsuit hire for river floating
  • Bar menu and bar downstairs
  • Dart board, piano, pool table.
  • Internet and Email facilities
  • Free videos
  • Large outdoor beer garden
  • Live band venue
  • Wide variety of room types
  • Unlimited car parks
  • Fax and email services
  • Mail handling
  • Closest backpackers to PuPu Springs
  • Kayaks $35 for 4 hours $70 per day
  • Heaphy Track bus pick up here


We are an official member of the New Zealand BBH Guide

The River Inn offers friendly personalised service, information, wake up calls, and onward accommodation arranged. There is a pool table and dart board in our bar and plenty of room to lounge about to talk or read and tvs to watch.

Contact: Paula and Richard Sixtus

The River Inn
Waitapu Road
New Zealand
Telephone: +64 3 525 9425
Facsimile: +64 3 525 8148

Click here to send a email for more information.

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