Hack n Stay Golden Bay

Hack n Stay Golden Bay


Jeremy's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

That really negative review almost threw me off Hack's farm. Luckily I saw that exact same review on another campsite so I saw it to be BS.

Anyway, the campsite is really lovingly designed, each camping spot has its own character (benches, signs, plants, etc.), the toilets are clean, it has probably the best shower I've had in months (hot, good pressure, clean). The walk to the beach is signposted with a lot of humour and heart aand they put a yellow concrete sofa on top of a hill for you to watch the sunset. So great!!

Will definitely come back, even though I don't ride and am kind of wary of horses!

Reviewed 5 months ago

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Poppy Duncan

Ranking: 10/10

The best campsite I’ve ever been to in New Zealand! The people are so lovely, welcoming and chatty its hard to put into words. Surrounded by bountiful fruit trees with friendly horses plodding around during the day. Colourful signs all over the place with sweet little messages that make you smile :) The facilities are excellent and the walks to the lake and ocean are great too. Couldn’t recommend highly enough - so worth the money! :)

Reviewed 5 months ago

Nathan's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

We had an amazing experience at Hack n Stay. Our four kids were taught patiently how to ride and were then taken on a 2hr horse trek across country and along the beach.
The team was friendly, patient and great to chat with and our young kids were thrilled and engaged by the whole experience.
Would love to do more!

Reviewed about 1 year ago

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Pablo Boris

Ranking: 8/10

15 pp, feb 2021 (unpowered), arrived late near 9pm and nobody was there, we payed the next morning. Kitchen ok, baths ok and lovely hot showers. Never saw part of the staff, did see some horses and people walking by. Probably if you spend more time there you ll get a different experience, but it was OK for us.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Kumar's avatar


Ranking: 3/10

Honestly being locals new zealanders

I can't understand why people gave it 9/10 or 10/10.

$15 not worth it.
Might $5 or 6 per persons
Unless they improve lot of stuff and especially their customers service!!!

Found this review on the Google
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I honestly don’t understand the criteria for people to rate this place 5 stars!!! At least for camping, this was by far the WORST experience ever! The owners/staff just treat you as if they are doing a favor for you to be there, even paying NZ$15 pppn. Although THE OWNERS CONTEST MY REVIEWS, even having bbq and pizza oven, when I asked them to use it, the staff said it was only for guests. So, the tiny little camping kitchen was completely busy and we couldn’t have food until late that night. There is no oven available, just a small camping stove (see pics). There are written signs in the kitchen saying that cutlery and plates are available upon request on main kitchen only. According to the woofie worker I asked, the campers use to take them away, which I truly believe, however, when I went to the guest kitchen to ask for plates and cutlery, (otherwise I couldn’t eat), they looked at me as if I was not going to return them. Ridiculous. Pity seeing the horses living among these humans ;)

I agree with this one.

Campsite behind the barn is full of horse poo no where to pitch a tent.

And the whole site not child safe and friendly.

We had 2y 8m old child with us!

Don't go here.

Horse riding might be good not sure.
After experiencing customer service (this kinda service especially in new Zealand) put me off from trying their horse riding even!!!
Horrible experience

They did refund me through so i could leave from there and find a decent campsite.

Appreciate that and thankful for it.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Teaya Li


Ranking: 9/10

This place is very nice, 20mins walking to beach, dog friendly, if u have a dog, walking to the beach and play a bit would be very nice.
Stuff are very friendly, But they could get confused sometimes when it's really someone booked the place or not. Stuff Anna is very nice and helpful girl. Shower is awesome, toilet is clean, kitchen is bit small, but clean.
Would definitely recommend this place

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Anthony Naylor

Ranking: 10/10

I’ve been to over 30 countries and this place is definitely in the top 5 best hostel/camps I’ve ever stayed. Beautiful hospitality, hot showers, kitchen, free electricity, and beautiful scenery. Danke schoone!! (Good Vibes all around) The owners are amazing. Enjoy!

Reviewed over 1 year ago

Timon's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Read the rest and you know ;)
Lovley spot and good service

Reviewed over 1 year ago

Austrian's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Very nice People!
Hot showers (included)
Nice small kitchen
We paid 15$ p.p for an unpowered site.

We would come again!

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Gabriella's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

If you love horses and a cosy creative vibe THIS IS YOUR PLACE TO STAY. With super friendly staff members, far more than adequate accommodation, hot showers, very clean bathrooms, comfy beds. Hack n Stay is a lovely place with character and comfort combined. Would stay here again in a heartbeat! Thanks so much for having us!

Reviewed over 3 years ago

Beate's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Very nice people running this camp and ride. We didn't expect horses in such a good shape, cause we know it different from other holliday-rides. I ( never had any riding lessons) never felt so save
On a horse's back. Ellie did a very good job in explaining and telling me what to do.
This is a very nice place for people who love to ride and to explore nature on a horses back. ( Beginners as well as experienced riders)
The facilities are nice and clean, though not too big. But it is just a little campsite. During high season I'd recommend to make reservations or wouldn't come in too late.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Ranking: 10/10

Great place to stay. I think only 13 places to stay maybe more not sure. You can go on the beach nice walk and stop on hill with yellow sofa there. Amazing. Toilet and shower very clean. 15$ per person.

Reviewed about 4 years ago

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Blu Ice

New Zealand

Ranking: 7/10

Nice alternative place to stay. The owners are interesting to talk to and friendly. It had a friendly farming environmental feel about it.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Alistair Martin

Ranking: 7/10

New establishment, 20 minutes walk to a beautiful beach. Provides horse tours, hot showers included, toilets very clean. Tent camping available but limited spaces! Great if you like or love horses!

Reviewed over 4 years ago