Staycation, where to stay
Indulge in birds eye views of one of the world’s great parks, golden beaches and lush bush covered hills where vineyards chase the sun. A helicopter ride sweeps you up and away. Cruise on your private sailing vessel stopping where the heart takes you. Hire a private charter and enjoy the good life at your pace savouring Nelson’s Great Taste Trail. Join a small boutique guided tour where you get to enter places normally off limits. Stay and wrap yourself in cloud soft luxury in a private villa complete with massage and spa treatments on tap. For more ideas about what to see and do in Nelson, check out Nelson Tasman things to do, regional guide to get you sorted.
HELICOPTER – A BIRDS EYE VIEW
Helicopter into sheer joy with a favourite Kahurangi/ Golden Bay Scenic with Farewell Spit Eco Tour where you are whisked over pristence countryside and land in a quiet alpine setting. Enjoy the surroundings and descend to Golden Bay. The tranquil settlement of Puponga, Farewell Spit is your pickup for Farewell Spit Eco Tours for a private guided tour of Farewell Spit, the natural sandspit that spans approximately 26 km above the tide mark across the top of the South Island. Farewell Spit Eco Tours guides are locals whose love of the area led to the creation of a premier tour operator.
Perhaps you wish to fish in the quiet reaches of a spawning river for a spot of fishing. Or take in the views from above as you soar over Abel Tasman National Park and Nelson National Park. The choice is yours.
TAKE TO THE WATER – SAIL AWAY
A day on the water – exploring
It’s exhilarating as you clear the wharf on your private catamaran and the adventure begins. There is no fixed time and you choose when to stop and further investigate a secluded cove. Family and friends will build memories of a lifetime on holiday together. A full day tour of six hours sails past tidal lagoons, wildlife sunning themselves on rocks and quiet coves. You decide when to stop and explore or keep sailing. For further information and inspiration check here Full Day Private Tour with Abel Tasman Sailing Adventures.
Southern Wilderness Gourmet Guided Walks
Day guided walks where the pesky details are not your problem. Door to door transport from your accommodation. Gourmet lunch and snacks and a guide throughout the day providing comprehensive interpretation. Your coffee fix is managed fresh plunger coffee and a selection of teas accompanying lunch. What a great way to delve into hidden corners of the beautiful Abel Tasman National Park.
EAT, DRINK AND SAVOUR
Moutere Valley with its vineyards, olive groves and artisan stores are the ingredients for a romantic weekend, a chance for couples to escape, relax and revive. Check out 10 ideas for a day in Motueka, trip activities, what to do: Best Bits to get the inspiration flowing about what to do and where to go.
Award winning wines from a vineyard where the owners continue to be invested in the experience. Nelson’s Neudorf Vineyard is a must-go cellar door for wine lovers and aficionados, Enjoy the ultimate, bespoke, behind-the-scenes vineyard tour and special wine tastings.
In a luxurious eco-retreat. Lancewood Villa, a 12.5ha permaculture farm set in the picturesque hills of the Moutere Valley, offers guests a beautifully unique countryside experience – natural, vibrant and nurturing. You will start the day with an organic farm to plate breakfast served on request. Rooms range from a romantic suite next to a freshwater pool to a self catering family cottage. LANCEWOOD VILLA is in the hub of the foodie district of Nelson.
STAY AWHILE, MASSAGE THE SOUL
Kaiteriteri Accommodation – Abel Tasman – Spa Resort Hotel Nelson is nestled in the grounds of a wilderness lodge. Surrounded by native flora and fauna and with décor which instantly sets the mood for relaxation and rejuvenation. Tucked away amongst the bush with panoramic views of Kaiteriteri beach and estuary and close to the Abel Tasman National Park, Kimi Ora chalets offer peace, seclusion and all the modern comforts. Each chalet is different so whether you are looking for a honeymoon retreat in the bush, artists’ attic room high on a hill or group accommodation with plenty of communal space, we have options to suit. From vegetarian offerings to seafood and local pantry treats the menu reflects the guest’s preferences.
KIMI ORA offers day spa treatments, the perfect day escape to pamper the soul and mind.
SPLIT APPLE ROCK LODGE
Luxury Lodge and Wellness Spa in an immersive environment. The Lodge is fusion Asian / Pacific with original art and antiques flowing from indoor, outdoor spaces into the native forest setting. There are private paths to beaches with a private easement to the 120 million year old Split Apple Rock on Wharariki beach. For once in the lifetime pampering of the soul check into Split Apple Retreat. Bespoke picnics, helicopter rides to quiet remote beaches, horse riding and guided walks through the Abel Tasman park are part of the Lodge’s offerings. Cuisine is a blend of cultures and catered with your tastes in mind. There are massages, spas and therapies that promote wellness and longevity while maintaining the highest standards.
GOLDEN BAY HIDEAWAY – ECO LIVING + LUXURY
Kiwi Greenie, a house truck and several low energy passive luxurious tiny homes offer spectacular views over Wainui Bay are ready to be enjoyed from the outdoor bath, master bedroom and open plan living and dining area. The house truck is such a unique and fantastic stay. It’s cosy, private and with stunning views. Enjoy the outdoor bath and shower in absolute privacy.
Just five minutes walk from Hideaway is Wainui falls walk
FARMSTAY WITH A TOUCH OF COMFORT
Kaihoka Farm is a 3000-acre, working beef and sheep farm in the beautiful Westhaven (Wanganui) Inlet region of New Zealand’s West Coast. It is owned and farmed by Jock and Joyce and their family John and Mary. Gently rolling hills, wetlands and karst outcrops all make up the landscape that we work in here in the beautiful South Island. The cottages range from 2 bedrooms (for 4 people) to 6 bedrooms (sleeping up to 16 people), ideal for school groups, tramping clubs, and family get-togethers.
The cottages remind us of that bygone era where you couldn’t wait for the summer holidays so you could kick off your shoes and feel the sand between your toes.
The family dog (or horse) isn’t forgotten either and is welcome by arrangement (as we’re a working farm, vaccination certificates and sheep measles dosing required for dogs please).
An authentic getaway from it all where privacy is a given.
ADRIFT IN GOLDEN BAY
Golden Bay Accommodation (ADRIFT)
Enjoy one of five self-contained, serviced one-bedroom villas or the beachfront studio; spread over one hectare of planted seaside garden. Guaranteed privacy, romance with a secluded private beach between Takaka and Collingwood. The catered breakfast is a feast of fresh fruit and locally sourced ingredients with bespoke hampers available for day trips. This is accommodation perfect for couples or families who wish to have a kitchen at their disposal. There is no restaurant on site however you are close to Takaka and Collingwood cafes and pubs. Your hosts have an extensive knowledge of the area and can provide transport to the restaurant of your choice.
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