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Baggage Policy

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All passengers can bring 15kgs of baggage. Space inside the cabin is limited to under-seat storage. Other bags will need to be stowed safely by the crew. On flights between Takaka and Wellington, the allowance is 15kg per passenger. If baggage weighs more than the specified weight, excess baggage fees will apply at the airport.

Baggage allowances include all carry-on bags. Small soft bags are preferred. There is no limit to the number of bags that can be carried so long as the combined weight does not exceed the baggage allowance. Each bag should not exceed 70cm in any dimension. Individual bags must not weigh more than 23kg.

Cabin Classes

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Standard Seating

The airline operates light aircraft. Space onboard is limited. Depending on the aircraft, the airline provides seating for between 6-8 passengers per flight. Facilities onboard the plane are limited. No on-board W/C is available. However, passengers can enjoy a premium VIP experience during the short flights and experience stunning views of the landscape below.


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Passengers flying with Golden Bay Air must check-in at the airport as online check-in is not available.

Online Check-in

Online check-in is not currently available. Passengers will need to make their way to the Golden Bay terminal or specified departure gate.

Airport Check-in

Airport check-in closes 20 minutes prior to scheduled departure.

Flights from Wellington: Flights depart from Gate 20, Wellington Airport Domestic Terminal. Subject to change; please refer to your e-ticket.

Flights from Takaka: Flights depart from Golden Bay Air Terminal, Takaka Airport.

Flights from Karamea: Please wait within the Karamea Aerodrome waiting room.

Flights from Karamea: Flights depart from the Golden Bay Air check-in counter, Main Terminal, Nelson Airport.

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Destinations that Golden Bay Air flies to

The airline currently operates scheduled flights from Takaka to Wellington and Karamea. The airline also flies from Nelson to Takaka and Karamea.

Takaka ✈︎ Wellington and Karamea

Nelson ✈︎ Takaka and Karamea

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Frequently asked questions

What airlines operate flights between Wellington and Takaka?

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Golden Bay Air operates twice-daily year-round flights between Wellington and Takaka. The journey takes approximately 60 minutes and offers stunning views of of Wellington city and coastline, as well as the golden sands of Abel Tasman National Park.

How can I get from Wellington to Abel Tasman National Park?

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After landing at Takaka Aerodrome, Golden Bay Air operates an onwards shuttle service to Abel Tasman National Park. The service is operated daily.

How can I get to the Heaphy Track?

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The Heaphy Track is a popular trek and one of the most stunning in New Zealand. The whole trek is about 50 miles / 82 kilometres. It is located in the north west of the South Island of New Zealand, within the Kahurangi National Park. Golden Bay Air operates a shuttle service, enabling the Heaphy Track to be walked from Brown Hut to Kohaihai or reverse.

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