Takaka is 107 km northwest of Nelson, at the top of the South Island. There are plenty of options for getting here.
By Road: It's a 2 hour drive from Nelson to Takaka. From Nelson take SH60 south to Richmond, turn left at Three Brothers Corner and follow the road through Motueka and over the Takaka Hill to Golden Bay. If you're coming over the day of the race, drop your mountain bike off at the Canaan Transition Area at the Canaan Road junction (before 8am!).
From Christchurch, it takes about 6 hours to drive the 500km to Takaka. After you've stretched your legs in Murchison, turn left at Kohatu and drive down the Motueka Valley to Riwaka, before heading over the Takaka Hill to the Bay.
Golden Bay Coachlines operates a daily bus service to and from Golden Bay.
By Air: You can fly directly into Golden Bay on Golden Bay Air. They have regular scheduled flights from Wellington and also do charters. Nelson has frequent scheduled flights from all main centres.
As Golden Bay is a renown holiday destination there are plenty of accommodation options at a range of prices. If you like a bit of luxury, Ratanui Lodge will soothe away your aches and pains and offer an elegant dining option. There are a bunch of backpacker options right in town so you can coast down to registration on race day. If you like to be beside the seaside, Pohara Top 10 Holiday Park provides camping and cabins at affordable rates. For those that have a multi-sport weekend in mind, HangDog creates a camping atmosphere like no other and is great value too!You might want to get connected with your pioneer roots, so stay Kairuru Farmstay on the Takaka Hill for a real mountain experience.
You're going to need something to keep the engine stoked. From pre race coffees to a quiet ale Takaka has the bases covered.
The Wholemeal Cafe serves up great food and coffee, just across the road from registration. Next door is Feel Good Food for some traditional kiwi-style fare. By the time you get back to town you'll no doubt be needing something a little stronger. Head up the road to the Roots Bar , where Craig has great tapas and Sprig & Fern beer on tap. Yum! If takeaways are your thing, next door to Roots Bar is the Curry Leaf, which delivers chef-made fish & chips and curries at takeaway prices.