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Golden Bay Air

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Address: State Highway 60 | Takaka Airport, Takaka 7142, New Zealand
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+64 3-525 8725
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08:00 - 18:00
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Sun 09:00 - 18:00
Mon - Sat 08:00 - 18:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Let us introduce you to the magic of Golden Bay! Take a stunning scenic...

Let us introduce you to the magic of Golden Bay! Take a stunning scenic flight over the great sand-dunes of Farewell Spit, the golden beaches of Abel Tasman, the ancient mountains of Kahurangi National Park or the wild West Coast. Or simply enjoy a direct scheduled flight between Wellington and Takaka and wrap your transport and scenic flight all in one!

We also offer flight and shuttle packages to the Heaphy Track and Abel Tasman for both walkers and bikers. Rental Cars available in Golden Bay.

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Amazing experience and great value for money

Eight of us completed the Heaphy walk starting in Karamea and ending at Brown hut. There was some miscommunication of the pick up time at Brown hut. We thought we were supposed to... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
DavidL1991
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Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
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Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Eight of us completed the Heaphy walk starting in Karamea and ending at Brown hut. There was some miscommunication of the pick up time at Brown hut. We thought we were supposed to call them when we got to Brown hut, but it turns out a pick up time had been set to 1pm. Our driver/pilot fortunately waited for us... More 

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Thank DavidL1991
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Reviewed 1 week ago

After a fabulous 4 days tramping Heaphy, we decided to splurge and fly back to Nelson in about half an hour instead of the loooong shuttle ride from Karamea bay. Flight arrived right on time and we had a spectacular view as we flew over the mountains. Perfect way to end the tramp .... and got us back to Nelson... More 

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Thank Greg E
Lisa S, Manager at Golden Bay Air, responded to this review

Hi Greg - thanks for the great feedback, yes those views on the way are definitely worth it - glad you had such a great finish to your tramp More 

Auckland, New Zealand
1 review
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

An excellent scenic tour, the pilot was knowledgeable, personable, and keen to make sure we had a good experience. We enjoyed it very much and would strongly recommend it.

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Thank 614jones
Lisa S, Owner at Golden Bay Air, responded to this review

Hi 614jones, thank you for your review - our pilots do work hard to give everyone a special experience, glad you enjoyed it! More 

Chesham, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have used Golden Bay Air many times but we were so impressed with our latest trip, we would like to say more. We were due to return to Takaka from Wellington but we were telephned by Golden Bay Air that Wellington was fogged in. Golden Bay Air made alternative arrangements and picked us up at Paraparaumu and flew us... More 

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Lisa S, Owner at Golden Bay Air, responded to this review

Hi Liz - thanks for the fantastic feedback, we love it when our regulars post reviews! Yes sometimes the weather can cause things to change, but as you have discovered, being a niche service means that we have quite a few options up our sleeve, even when the big planes cant fly More 

Takaka, New Zealand
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3 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Such a buzz having amazing views over the Tasman and Marlborough area. In a small aircraft the experience is closer to the elements and always feels like a treat. Friendly staff and definitely feel safe!

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Thank lollydadleymoore
Lisa S, Owner at Golden Bay Air, responded to this review

Hi Lolly - thanks for the awesome recommendation, good to see the locals enjoying our flights just as much as the travellers! See you on another flight some time. More 

Havelock North, New Zealand
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Flew from Wellington on the Heaphy Track package. Great value and really friendly service - not often the pilot greets you at the airport gate. Stunning views across teh sounds - so cool to start an adventure with a scenic flight. The pilot drove us to the track start. Four days later we walked out of the bush and the... More 

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Thank Cristina S
Lisa S, Owner at Golden Bay Air, responded to this review

Hi Cristina, thanks for your wonderful review, we really do appreciate it - For us our service is not just about the spectactular flights and personal service - it is also about what we do when the weather thwarts our best laid plans. See you again another time! More 

Wellington, New Zealand
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7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

These people were great from the first phone call to the last contact. Very informative and suggestive of options which gave us time and details to arrange a brilliant trip on the Heaphy Track and kayaking the Able Tasman. Friendly, professional and helpful all the way. Kiwi experience at its best! Prices were reasonable for the services provided. The service... More 

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Thank K1W12015
Lisa S, Manager at Golden Bay Air, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your review - we really love it when people provide such amazing feedback. For us it is about making sure that people can experience the best that our beautiful area has to offer - without any hassle. More 

Ashburton, New Zealand
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24 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We managed to sneak in a scenic flight between some adverse weather fronts! It was therefore a last minute decision & Chris was very obliging. We had a few 'bumps' which added to the fun & the views were fantastic. It was a tad more difficult to get really good photos as the plane was not a fixed top wing... More 

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Thank campnz
Lisa S, Owner at Golden Bay Air, responded to this review

Hi campnz - thanks for the great review - yes the bumps can be part of the fun - we chose the aircraft we fly (Pipers) because they have better stability than high wing aircraft, and we think they give excellent surround views especially in the mountains where high wings can often get in the way during a turn. More 

Wellington, New Zealand
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16 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

These guys fly 4 and 6 seater flights between Wellington and Golden Bay. With such a small plane, you can really experience the fact that you are flying. We had beautiful views - it's more like taking a scenic flight than a typical commercial flight. A great way to arrive in Golden Bay.

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Thank Carl B
Lisa S, Owner at Golden Bay Air, responded to this review

Hi Carl B - thanks for your fantastic review, yes you've nailed it by saying that our service is more than just a typical flight - it is flying the way it should be, with the added bonus of being a great way to get between Takaka and Wellington quickly! Hope to see you again soon! More 

Adelaide, Australia
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3 reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Our group did the Heaphy Track and chose Wellington as our gateway, coming from Australia. Keen to be in Takaka for some chillout and sightseeing before tramping, Golden Bay Air delivered beautifully for our transport needs – flights, car hire and shuttle buses 🙂 Richard was great with locking in the arrangements, and pilots Blair and Flynn were friendly and... More 

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Thank Steve R
Lisa S, Owner at Golden Bay Air, responded to this review

Hi Steve R - looks like you took advantage of the full range of services we offer - it was our pleasure to look after you. Thank you for all your feedback - I'll be sure to pass it on to the team! More 

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