Stay and play your way around the Top of the South

Seafront suites, wilderness wellness retreats, a private island, wine barrel rooms and a B&B in a giant boot – however you like to holiday, accommodation in Nelson Tasman and Marlborough truly caters for everyone. 

 

Luxury with a view

Waking up to nothing but birdsong, the sound of the sea lapping at the shore and the promise of a delicious breakfast followed by a pampering visit at the day spa – staying at one of the many luxury lodges in the Top of the South is the perfect antidote to busy modern lives.

In the Marlborough Sounds, Bay of Many Coves Resort, a five-star lodge in Queen Charlotte Sound/Tōtaranui, is nestled amid breathtaking natural scenery, yet just a short scenic boat ride from Picton. With no road access, this is the ultimate opportunity to disconnect, wander the local tracks or paddle the calm waters in a sea kayak, finishing off with a relaxation massage.

Emerging from this natural paradise, it’s a short drive south to Marlborough’s Golden Mile of wine and the elegant Marlborough Lodge. Set within extensive gardens, there’s no better place to celebrate wine (naturally) and incredible cuisine.

Heading west to Nelson Tasman, luxury options abound. The Resurgence Luxury Eco Lodge offers a unique wilderness experience where evenings are best spent in your private bush bath, set in 50 acres of native forest, or at dinner with a bespoke garden to table experience tailored by the on-site chef. Nearby, in the secluded Orinoco Valley, Edenhouse is a 6-star luxury lodge set within beautiful grounds whilst the Tasman cliffs are home to Te Koi The Lodge at Bronte. Set in a spectacular location, guests can indulge in aperitifs and fine local cuisine on the deck at sunset.

Wellness, naturally

Soaking in a secluded hot tub, surrounded by mountains and a rushing river is Maruia River Retreat. Located near Murchison in the Tasman District and accessible from both Nelson and Marlborough, Maruia is the perfect place for some relaxation and rejuvenation. Relax in the sauna, visit the spa for a massage or naturopath consultation, or simply wander the beech forest tracks and breathe in the freshness of nature.

To the north, the stunning river valley gives way to the golden beaches of Kaiteriteri, bordering the Abel Tasman National Park. Here you’ll find Kimi Ora Eco Resort’s extensive day spa, and Split Apple Retreat where wellness, incredible cuisine and stunning vistas over Tasman Bay meld into one sumptuous experience.

For the active relaxer, the Top of the South is the perfect place to combine activity with comfort and cuisine. The Abel Tasman National Park and Marlborough Sounds are dotted with lodges that means you can walk, kayak, cruise or mountain bike all day, then relax with great food and wine at the on-site restaurants by night. Or, let the adventure continue by staying overnight on a private catamaran with Abel Tasman Sailing Adventures.

Hobbit hideaway

In a region known for its art, natural diversity and alternative lifestyles, accommodation comes in all forms. In Nelson Tasman, it comes in the shape of a giant boot. Located at Jester House, known for its beautiful quirky art-filled gardens, The Boot is private, intimate and features an open fire, spiral staircase and a juliet balcony.

Or, live like a hobbit in Marlborough’s wine barrel cabins. Overlooking the vineyards in a secluded valley, the two barrels promise an accommodation experience like no other where indulging in a local wine on your private terrace is a must.

Other unique accommodation options include Rabbit Island Huts where you can glamp near the beach, the house truck at Golden Bay Hideaway, the retro caravan at The Gates Accommodation and the scenic huts that line the coast of Pepin Island.

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