The Gazebo Backpackers

Hostel in Takaka

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Description via Hostelworld

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 December through 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.) In addition, one can place a tent in the front garden if they prefer to sleep outdoors.

The private back garden is made for lounging and includes an open solar shower and open veranda with comfortable lounge sofas. The gardens are 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 easy 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.

Features of The Gazebo Backpackers


  • Bbq
  • Bicycle hire
  • Bicycle parking
  • Board games
  • Cable tv
  • Common room
  • Dvd's
  • Free city maps
  • Free internet access
  • Free parking
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Hair dryers
  • Hot showers
  • Jobs board
  • Self-catering facilities
  • Laundry facilities
  • Linen included
  • Security lockers
  • Outdoor terrace
  • Parking
  • Playstation
  • Reading light
  • Tea & coffee making facilities
  • Towels included
  • Utensils
  • Washing machine
  • Wi-fi


  • Free WiFi available


  • Fitness centre


  • Luggage storage