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1234 SH60,
Tel: 03 5258463
Shambhala Eco- Retreat. A Guesthouse - Retreat on the coast in Golden Bay.The guesthouse is open from October - May, and open for groups/retreats in the other months.We provide backpacker style accommodation with dorms and private rooms,all with shared kitchen and bathroom facilities.Situated elevated on the coast with its own beach and magnicient sea views of Golden Bay.
We offer yoga and guided meditation for guests during the summer months,the hall being available for guest use when free.
Shambhala is solar powered ,both electric with solar voltaic cells and solar water heating (backup with a wet-back and gas).It has its own clivis-multrum composting toilets aswell as organic gardens.
Central for exploring Golden Bay and very handy for those music nights and dinners at the renowned Mussel Inn.

Environment Friendly Action

We mention green/eco issues on our website

Other Environment Friendly Initiatives

We are solar-powered ,off the main grid.The hot water is also solar powered with wood/gas back-up.Aswell as flush toilets we have clivis multrum composting toilets.Aswell as the usual recycling and composting of food wastes we are experimenting with bio-gas.


We have dorm(4x) rooms,twins and doubles,all with shared kitchen and bathroom facilities.A mediation-yoga hall is available for guests to use aswell a tea-house to sit and admire the panoramic views while having a cuppa.

Total Capacity


Tariff Includes



1234 Hwy 60 Onekaka Takaka , Golden Bay We are 16kms from Takaka on HWY 60 towards Takaka.Sign is on the right ,100 metres before the Mussel Inn.
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User Reviews

There are: 2 reviews, with an average rating of 5.0 out of 5
One of my most favourite spots in three years of travelling. Simply beautiful.
Posted by Hannah on 2013-05-29 20:23:04
What an amazing place. Takes your breath away. I went there for one night, ended up staying there for two weeks. Incredible atmosphere - yoga room & the garden to the beach. A great rest away from computers & TVs. An absolutely perfect place for retreat.
Posted by Janet on 2011-09-30 11:20:27