Escape to the beauty and tranquillity of Golden Bay!

Our central and quiet location in the residential area of Pohara makes The Bay Lodge the perfect place to relax in style. From your private deck you have uninterrupted views over Golden Bay, Pohara Beach Nature Reserve and the mountains of the Kahurangi National Park. Our Lodge is footsteps away from beautiful Pohara Beach with safe swimming opportunities and nice walks along the four kilometre sandy stretch.

Pohara offers many activities such as tramping, golf, tennis, mountain biking, rock climbing, kayaking and fishing. The village is known for its vibrant art community and golden sandy beaches with sensational limestone formations and wonderful walking opportunities. You can discover plenty of wonderful hidden bays and breathtaking native bushwalks in the nearby Kahurangi and Abel Tasman National Park. A local shop and three fine restaurants are only 200 metres away from our Lodge.

Come and share with us our hidden paradise where golden beaches, green valleys and crystal clear fishing rivers share a close proximity with the Tasman Sea. Golden Bay is your best gateway to the amazing beauty of the Top of the South!

Our elevated location, far away from the main road offers you an all day relaxation with native birdsong and unsurpassed sea views from the Kahurangi National Park to the famous Farewell Spit Wildlife Reserve.

Laze on your private deck to soak up memorable sunsets, unwind in our outdoor spa and mineral swimming pool or tramp the most beautiful part of the Abel Tasman Coastal Walk. We look after you and offer private transport to and from the tracks.

If you want to be pampered, choose for our fully catered multi day walking experience with all the highlights of the Abel Tasman National Park and our world famous nature reserves combined in one advantageous all-inclusive package.

Mountain bike lovers can ride our challenging Rameka track or choose to stay with us for a relaxing experience at the start of the end of the multi day Heaphy track.

We assure you a warm welcome and enjoy chatting over a local drink. All suites are tastefully decorated with first class facilities to assure you a great night's rest.

Breakfast options vary from a generous breakfast hamper in the privacy of your room to a full gourmet surprise in our panoramic dining room. We offer also lunches, picnics and dinners by prior arrangement.

For a wonderful day out take part in our private Golden Bay Photo Safari. With 25 years experience in professional photography and tour guiding, we can guarantee you an unforgettable and instructive experience. Our guests call it one of the best nature & wildlife tours in New Zealand so don't miss out!

We look forward to meeting you at our Lodge and assure you a wonderful stay in one of the best kept secrets of the South Island. We welcome our guests in English, German, French, Dutch and Flemish.

Come in as a stranger, you will leave as a good friend.

Sonja & Filip

Activities and facilities

  • Airport shuttle
  • Golf course
  • Guided Tours & Photo Safaris
  • Luggage storage
  • Non-smoking property
  • Not suitable for children
  • On-site parking
  • Outdoor pool - heated
  • Spa/Hot tub/Jacuzzi
  • Tennis court
  • Tour desk
  • Wifi access

Business facilities

  • Free wireless Internet is available at The Bay Lodge.


36 Bay Vista Drive, Pohara 7183 NELSON New Zealand

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The Bay Lodge

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Additional information

Check In 1500hrs
Check In Instructions If you are arriving after 5.00pm you must contact us to arrange your late check in prior to your arrival. Our phone number is on your booking confirmation. Late check out may be possible, subject to room availability.
Check Out 1000hrs
Getting There By car -

From SH60 turn right on entry in Takaka into Motupipi Street. Follow the signs to Pohara (8km). Turn right up Richmond Road opposite the TOP 10 campground and turn second left into Bay Vista Drive. The Lodge is just around the corner on your right after the Bay Vista Nature Reserve.

By plane -

We provide courtesy transport to and from Takaka Airport, Takaka i-site and Nelson Airport. Daily flight connections with the Wellington (Golden Bay Air). Include your arrival details on your booking form to request pick-up, or call us after you've made your booking. Our phone number is on your booking confirmation.
Parking Complimentary off-street parking is available.
Things To Do - Abel Tasman Coastal Track
- Golden Bay Photo Safari (private tour for lodge guests)
- Kahurangi & Abel Tasman National Park
- Farewell Spit Eco Tour
- Beach walking
- Mountain Biking, Rameka Track, Gibbs Hill, Heaphy track
- Pupu Springs (clearest springs in the world)
- Salmon fishing
- Tennis, Golf Courts
- Sea fishing
- Scenic flights
- Sea kayaking (Tata Islands, Abel Tasman NP)
- Blokarts
- Horse treks
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