|Nelson and Golden Bay|
Facts - Nelson, the happening city at the top of New Zealand’s South Island, has a population of approx 42,000. Located on the coast by the beautiful Tahunanui beach, Nelson is home to a vibrant arts and crafts community (there are more than 500 working artists in galleries and studios in the area). Families can enjoy the relaxed lifestyle, safe swimming at the beach as well as a fun park adjacent to the beach which has waterslides and bumpa boats plus a nature park. Tip: Rabbit Island is a favourite picnic/day trip with the locals and offers long sandy beaches, BBQ facilities and great opportunities for games of hide and seek!
The Nelson region’s three National Parks, Abel Tasman, Nelson Lakes and Kahurangi, provide spectacular mountain, river, lake and coastal scenery. Nelson also offers the thrills of tandem skydiving, sea kayaking, whitewater rafting on the Buller River, caving under Marble Mountain, rock climbing in Golden Bay and 35km 4WD safaris along Farewell Spit (a wildlife sanctuary located on the sandbar at the northernmost tip of the South Island). The Nelson region boasts several award-winning vineyards and each February the Taste Nelson Festival showcases locally-made food and beverages.
Motueka - a Maori name, meaning ‘Island of bush and weka’ The township is a vibrant, friendly and cosmopolitan town on the western side of the Tasman Bay and just 20 minutes drive to the Abel Tasman national park. Motueka is the 3rd largest town in the Nelson Province with a population of 7125
Golden Bay - this idyllic corner of New Zealand is off the beaten track with only one road in, winding over Takaka Hill. The main township is Takaka and the area is blessed with some of New Zealand's most gorgeous coastline and temperate climate. The atmosphere here is laid-back, life is slow and the emphasis is on community, families, eco-friendly and organic lifestyles, getting back to nature and enjoying the great outdoors. The incredible formation of Farewell Spit is a must-visit location and there are plenty of tours, activities and sandy beaches to enjoy a memorable kiwi holiday.
NELSON AND THE NORTHWEST FAMILY ACCOMMODATION We've researched dozens of accommodation options for your family travel to New Zealand. Whether you're heading for a hotel, campground, holiday park, motel, holiday home, self catering apartments or kiwi farmstay, we list options that welcome famiiles. Check out our great 'family stuff' pages for heaps of extras offered by the accommodation on these pages. NOTE Where nightly rates have been specified, these are minimum prices based on accommodation for 2 adults plus one extra. Prices do vary, depending on the time of year, length of stay and seasonal offers. This is a guide only. All establishments recommend booking ahead. We advise you to personally contact establishments for up to date information to suit the accommodation needs of your family.
- 6 Point Road, Monaco, Nelson
- 0508 666 226
- +64 3 547 8233
- Nightly Rates From:
$179.00 per night based on a one bedroom studio cottage
With 25 two-bedroom cottages and 19 hotel rooms The Grand Mercure Resort is ideal for families wanting a luxurious getaway. All of its cottages, restaurant and facilities are arranged around a beautiful, village-style setting with gorgeously landscaped gardens, stream and village green. Our two-bedroom cottages are ideal for families, opening out to a patio over-looking the village green. Rooms include SKYTV/DVD, internet, well-equipped, country-style kitchen, dining room, laundry and spacious bedrooms.... more