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Getting there & around

Capital Air (0800 588 885, 03-525 8725; www.capitalair.co.nz) flies regularly between Wellington and Takaka ($129, one hour, daily Wednesday to Monday during summer).

Abel Tasman Coachlines (03-528 8850; www.abeltasmantravel.co.nz) runs between Takaka and Nelson ($30, 2½ hours, two daily) and Collingwood ($17, 25 minutes, one daily). In summer buses run from Takaka to Totaranui ($18, one hour, one daily) and the Heaphy Track ($26, one hour, one daily).

Golden Bay Coachlines (03-525 8352; www.golden baycoachlines.co.nz) runs from Takaka to Nelson ($30, 2¼ hours, two daily), and has services to Collingwood ($17, 25 minutes, two daily), the Heaphy Track ($26, one hour, two daily) and Totaranui ($18, one hour, one daily).

Southern Link KBus (0508 458 835, 03-358 8355; www.southernlinkkbus.co.nz) runs between Takaka and Nelson ($28, 2½ hours, one daily). Phone for info/bookings for Collingwood, Totaranui and Heaphy Track connections.

Quiet Revolution Cycle Shop (03-525 9555; quietrev@hotmail.com; 11 Commercial St; per day $15-40; 9am-5pm Mon-Fri, to 12.30pm Sat) hires town and mountain bikes, has local track information and will straighten your wonky spokes.

If you need a cab, call Takaka Taxi Service (0800 825 252).