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The Gazebo Backpackers

7 Hiawatha Lane, Takaka , Golden Bay, New Zealand
Book more than 7 days in advance for Free Cancellation.
  • Perfect Location
  • Superb Staff
  • Awesome Cleanliness
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Property Description

The Gazebo Backpackers is New Zealand's clothing-optional hostel is a great place to stay for the traveler nudist/naturist/curious looking for the smaller, quieter experience while enjoying all that Golden Bay has to offer. We are open from late November tthrough April.

We are centrally located in Golden Bay so that most attractions are easily reachable by foot, bike or a short car ride. Most guests without their own transportation can use our free bicycles or hitch-hike easily to get around.

The hostel has two gardens. The front is a grassy area with a large outdoor table for eating and a comfortable gazebo great for meditation or playing an instrument. (A gazebo is a shady retreat where one can sit out of the sun in a garden.)

The private back garden is made for lounging and includes an open solar shower. It is ideal for afternoon sunbathing au naturel. There is also an area for yoga - mats and blocks are provided.

Complimentary fruits off the garden trees are usually available - plums (late Dec/early Jan), lemons (all summer), mandarin oranges (Feb/March) and apples (March and April). Sorry the grapefruit and lemonades ripen during the winter months.

The facilities are clothing-optional. This means that nudity is acceptable. Very handy for taking a shower, enjoying the sun or practicing yoga. We have guests that stay clothed all the time or remain nude all the time. Many go from one to the other throughout the day. Others find this a good place to experiment with their first public nude experience. Wear what makes you comfortable and just respect others' choices.

Takaka itself is known for its live musicians, artists and organic produce while situated between two national parks - Abel Tasman National Park and Kahurangi National Park. Takaka is a small town but has excellent restaurants just a few minutes walk from the hostel. The closest beach is about 4 kms away from the backpackers but easily to get to using one of our free bicycles. Other close attractions include caves, rock climbing, short and long walks, nude beaches and cliff diving.

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Reviews & Ratings

  • Value For Money 8.9

  • Security 7.3

  • Location 9.1

  • Staff 9.3

  • Atmosphere 8.2

  • Cleanliness 7.8

  • Facilities 8.7

Latest Reviews

  • 10.0


    19 Feb 2018
    The Hostel, the owner and the atmosphere are so relaxed. I really enjoyed my stay and would definitely stay again. The storm made me stay for longer then I thought but I would have stayed longer anyway. Paul the owner is really helpful and open. The people are very friendly and relaxed and it felt like a little family gathering. Thank you so much for this unique experience.
    Germany, Female, 18-24
  • 9.7


    25 Jan 2018
    Really enjoyed my stay.. great owner, very friendly and helpful.. Will be back.
    New Zealand, Male, 41+
  • 7.7

    Very Good

    13 Feb 2018
    Super friendly atmosphere
    Spain, Female, 25-30
  • 7.7

    Very Good

    21 Jan 2018
    First of all: It is a naked hostel (clothes optional - read the description ;-) No lockers / Dog is living on the property / Great location for Golden Bay
    Switzerland, Male, 25-30
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  • Free City Maps
  • Free Internet Access
  • Free Parking
  • Free WiFi
  • Linen Included
  • Towels Included
  • BBQ
  • Bicycle Parking
  • Cable TV
  • Common Room
  • Fitness Centre
  • Fridge/Freezer
  • Hair Dryers
  • Hot Showers
  • Jobs Board
  • Outdoor Terrace
  • Parking
  • Reading Light
  • Security Lockers
  • Self-Catering Facilities
  • Utensils
  • Washing Machine
  • Bicycle Hire
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Luggage Storage
Food & Drink
  • Tea & Coffee Making Facilities
  • Board Games
  • DVD's
  • PlayStation
  • Wi-Fi


  • Age Restriction
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • No Curfew

Things to Note

Sorry no children under 9 years old
Clothing-optional - we respect all modes of dress or undress.

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