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Well, this is a home hostel so the staff really consists of only Paul and his dog - now fully grown - Raichel. I do get some other help from volunteer helpers who exchange 2 hours of work for free accommodation. Preference for helpers is awarded to naturists/nudists who are comfortable living in a nudist environment.


Paul Woodward
Gazebo Golden Bay Backpackers
7 Hiawatha Lane
Takaka, Golden Bay
New Zealand   7110

Phone:  022- 307- 2640

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I have a background in long distance cycle touring - starting in the mid-70's leading Bikecentennial tours across the U.S. and ending up living in New Zealand after cycle touring here a number of times. My last big tour was across Canada and the northern U.S. for 5 months in 2016. I taught aerobics for 7 years in the 80's. Spent most of the 90's in the High Canadian Arctic before moving to Golden Bay in 1997. Picked up kayaking there and definitely need to be spending more time tramping.
I volunteered for a year at the local information centre so have a varied and experienced knowledge of local attractions. I also love Golden Bay's atmosphere of art and environmentally concerned lifestyles.
I have now retired from working as a pharmacist. I spend most of my leisure time helping out others, singing in the local choirs and making Raichel my dog happy. Definitely live an easy summer lifestyle sharing my home and the beauty of my adopted paradise Golden Bay.