A heritage hotel has creaky floors, possibly, poor service, perhaps the plumbing is not great and it's shabby. These hotels did not make this list. The historic hotel must be comfortable and worth spending a night in. It’s your holiday accommodation after all. The sense of visitors past, the stories, the furniture and the slightly odd tilt to the floor create an atmospheric holiday experience. The room is a holiday in itself. The hotel becomes a destination which is savoured as you try bouncing on the bed and checking out the bathroom.
A place that is quickly passed on the way to the glittering gold sands of Kaiteriteri beaches and beyond is a mistake. Ruby Bay Coast and the Tasman Bay Village is a gem worth a day or two taking the slow lane to explore the byways of art and food experiences against the backdrop of the Tasman ocean.
Motueka is a bustling regional centre for Nelson and a popular gateway to the Abel Tasman National Park. A cafe culture, the holiday buzz and energy has developed into a comprehensive range of accommodation choices, boutique shops and an area showcasing artists and artisans. The town center is the home to the well known Motueka Sunday Market where pop up food stores, emerging creative talent have a vehicle to market their wares. From craft breweries in nearby Riwaka to a game of golf at Tasman Village golf course there is something for everyone.