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, the Millennium 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 kilometer 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 meters 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… your best gateway to the amazing beauty of the Top of the South !


Golden Bay enjoys a Mediterranean style climate with mild winters, long summers and all-year-round sunshine. Its location at the top of the South Island makes it one of the mildest regions in the country.

With more than 2,500 hours of sunshine Golden Bay and the Nelson Regions rate as New Zealand sunniest spots! January and February are the warmest months with temperatures between 23 and 28°C. Unpolluted air, pure waters and unspoiled beaches make Golden Bay one of the finest holiday destinations in New Zealand. Outdoor activities are possible in the four seasons.  

Getting here by plane

Takaka Airport
Sheduled and charter flights to and from Wellington. Flight time 50 minutes. More info on www.goldenbayair.co.nz or call 0800 588 885. 

Nelson Airport
Direct flights with all main cities in New Zealand. More info on www.nelsonairport.co.nz

Getting here by car

Golden Bay Rental Cars. Phone 0800 588 885.
Thrifty Rental Cars, Nelson airport. Phone 0800 737 070 or 03 547 5563.
For driving directions: download the appropriate map below:

Directions from Nelson, Picton and Westport.

Getting here by Watertaxi

We can arrange your transport by watertaxi from Nelson, Marahau or Kaiteriteri.

Aqua Taxi
Marahau/Kaiteriteri - Totaranui (Abel Tasman N.P.)
More info on www.aquataxis.co.nz.
Free phone 0800 278 282.  

Abel Tasman Sea Shuttle
Nelson/Kaiteriteri – Totaranui (Abel Tasman N.P.)
More info on www.abeltasmanseashuttles.co.nz.
Free phone 0800 732 748.

Getting here by Bus

Abel Tasman- and Golden Bay Coachlines provide timetabled services from Nelson or Motueka to Takaka and Pohara. They also supply transport for hikers to the start of the Heaphy track and the end of the Abel Tasman track.

Golden Bay Coachlines
More info on www.goldenbaycoachlines.co.nz or call 03 525 8352

Abel Tasman Coachlines
More info on www.abeltasmantravel.co.nz or call 03 548 0285. 


Driving times:


  • Picton: 4 hours 
  • Christchurch: 7h 20min
  • Nelson: 2 hours
  • Kaikoura: 5h 35min
  • Westport: 5h 45min


  • Pohara Store & cafes: 2min
  • Abel Tasman N.P.: 40min
  • Tennis Courts: 4min
  • Takaka Golf Course: 5min
  • Takaka Shops: 15min
  • Takaka Airport: 20min
  • Collingwood: 35min 
  • Farewell Spit: 60min

Day temperatures

  • Spring (Sep-Nov): 18°C.
  • Summer (Dec-Feb): 23°C.
  • Autumn (Mar-May): 19°C.
  • Winter (Jun- Aug): 12°C.

Weather forecast

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Flight times

  • Auckland - Nelson: 80min
  • Chchurch - Nelson: 50min
  • Wellington - Nelson: 35min
  • Wellington - Takaka: 50min