Nelson & Golden Bay, Accommodation

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  • Motueka TOP 10 Holiday Park

    Relax in our peaceful bush-like setting, only 300m to shops, cafes and supermarket. We offer a range of quality family accommodation that includes standard and kitchen cabins, stud... read more

  • Golden Bay Motel

    Nine spacious, clean and comfortable ground floor units: Studio, 1 bedroom, family 2 and 3 bedroom. Self contained with fully equipped kitchen. Outside patio. Plenty of parking, co... read more

  • Equestrian Lodge Motel - Motueka

    A peaceful oasis just a short walk from Motueka High Street, yet situated in a quiet parkland setting adjacent to a native bush reserve. Our 5 star motel grounds include a children's play area with trampoline and swings, fully fenced heated swimming pool, private spa, spacious lawns, BBQ and two acres of gardens. We're conveniently located for the Motueka 18-hole golf course, central Motueka, supermarkets, shops, restaurants, cinemas, facilities, Motueka Sandspit and saltwater baths, Kaiteriteri Beach, The Abel Tasman and Kahurangi National Parks. Family, double and studio units sleeping up to 6. Plenty of off street parking for cars, boats & trailers, breakfast - continental or fully cooked available on request, guest laundry, email/internet kiosk on-site. Listen to birdsong, not traffic!

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  • Fernwood Holiday Park - Motueka

    Friendly, affordable accommodation. Spacious sheltered camp sites. Cabins, studio and 2 bed motel units. Free Wi-Fi and low-cost bike hire. Fully equipped kitchen, organic herb / vege garden, BBQ, TV lounge, (warm and cosy in Winter), swimming pool and playground with large trampoline. Situated on SH60, 2kms south of Motueka. Adjacent to Moutere Inlet and the new Taste of Tasman cycle way.

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  • Awaroa Lodge - Abel Tasman National Park

    Set within Abel Tasman National Park and accessible only by water taxi or helicopter, Awaroa Lodge offers modern accommodation surrounded by native gardens and beach. There is a restaurant, café and a bar on site. Guests can explore the coastal walking tracks or go kayaking and fishing nearby. All accommodation has a small fridge and tea and coffee making facilities. Each has a seating area. Some offer a patio or deck with outdoor seating. Wi-Fi access is available throughout the property, however there is no cellphone reception in the area and the Lodge is a TV free zone. Awaroa Restaurant and Café is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner 7 days per week. Cuisine includes produce from its own organic garden, local seafood and New Zealand beef and lamb dishes. There is also an Outdoor Pizzeria open year round weather permitting.

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  • Kaiteri Lodge - Motueka

    Kaiteri Lodge is ideal for families with its beach front accommodation right on the front of beautiful Kaiteriteri in Nelson, near the Abel Tasman National Park. There are three golden beaches within 5 minutes stroll, each one is picture perfect, unspoilt and safe for swimming. Our facilities include bike hire, bar/ restaurant, woodfired pizza, luxury spa pool, an outdoor BBQ area, TV Lounge, and internet. Close by are kayaks for hire (the bay and lagoon areas are safe for kayakers under 14 years), mini golf and a children's playground. Our family suite is 2 rooms with interconnecting door and ensuite, and can be either 2 super kings doubles, 4 singles or 1 super king double and two singles. Sun filled days, golden beaches, and homely, comfortable accommodation awaits you at Kaiteri Lodge.

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  • Asure Fountain Resort Motel

    Located only 5 minutes walk from the famous Tahunanui Beach and 10 minutes drive from Nelsons city centre, the Fountain Resort Motel is quite simply fantastic for families! Enjoy our spacious, enclosed grounds featuring an adventure playground complete with flying fox, trampoline, swings and slide and bouncy castle. The solar-heated swimming pool area is a great place for a family BBQ or to simply relax on the loungers enjoying the Nelson sunshine. We have a mini-gymnasium on offer in our meeting room, which is also available for functions or reunions. One and two-bedroom apartments available.

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  • The Sandcastle

    The Sandcastle holiday accommodation is perfect for families wanting to get away from the crowds. We even welcome pets! We offer six fully self-contained cottages, each with their own private deck, set in two hectares of tranquil gardens which look down to the sea, a mere five minutes walk away. The Sandcastle's many extra features include our popular spa and sauna, a wood-fired pizza oven, a BBQ, and a hall where children can play table tennis or watch a movie on wet days. There is no extra charge for any of the above activities. We can deliver a delicious breakfast, mostly sourced from our organic gardens, direct to your cottage. We want your stay to be excellent value and unlimited WiFi is also free of charge.

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  • Appleby House and Rabbit Island Huts

    Perfectly situated between Nelson city and the Abel Tasman National Park. Appleby House (large contemporary house) as a Holiday Home or By The Room, three rooms available:Turquoise Room - suitable one couple, downstairs Apartment - suitable couple (plus one child if required), upstairs Apartment - sleeps four - 2 x Queen beds. Onsite we also have Rabbit Island Huts sleeps 2 - a little bit hotel, little bit glamping and little bit traditional kiwi camping. Great for families coming together. We also offer complimentary local specialty breads, Appleby House made condiments and specialty teas and coffees.

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  • Holiday Stay Mapua

    The perfect spot for an unforgettable holiday or short break, overlooking sun-drenched Mapua and the Tasman Sea, a haven of tranquillity amidst established gardens brimming with fruit and nut trees and flourishing birdlife. • Plum Tree House offers elegant B&B accommodation for up to 4. • Quince Cottage, a fully equipped, 3-bedroom house sleeping up to 6 people. • Swimming pool. Only a short 4 minute drive from bustling Mapua wharf with its lively cafés, restaurants, bars and shops, in easy reach of vineyards, farmers markets, the Great Taste Cycle Trail, beaches and 3 National Parks. You are spoiled for choice.

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  • Copper Gate at The Gates Accommodation, Nelson

    Modern sunny designer iconically-Kiwi family-friendly private cottages/houses set amidst 7 acres of glorious Nelson lifestyle with farm walks, swimmable pond, treehut, playground, sheep, chickens, organic orchard, art. Mapua seaside village with cafes, wharf, beaches, shops is 3 min drive or 10 min cycle away. Very close to vineyards, galleries, Nelson, Abel Tasman National Park. Babysitter list available - dine out at the Wharf cafes at Mapua, knowing that the kids are tucked up safely in bed 4 minutes away.

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  • Corru Gate at The Gates Holiday Home Accommodation

    Architecturally-designed, sunny, iconically Kiwi, family-friendly, private, 3 bedroomed cottage set amidst 7 acres of glorious Nelson lifestyle with farm walks, swimmable pond, treehut, playground, sheep, chickens, orchard; Mapua seaside village with cafes, wharf, beaches, shops 4 min drive away. Very close to wineries, galleries, Nelson, Abel Tasman National Park. Babysitter list. Corru Gate has a zany kitchen, a classy bathroom (bath with shower over), an open-plan lounge/dining area, local/NZ art and French doors opening onto a sun-drenched deck and designer garden. Fully equipped with dishwasher, laundry, stereo, TV, DVD, telephone, internet, BBQ.

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Map of New Zealand
  • Central Otago
  • Bay of Plenty
  • Coromandel
  • Dunedin
  • Gisborne
  • Fiordland
  • Hawkes Bay
  • Marlborough Sounds
  • Manawatu
  • Nelson & Golden Bay
  • Northland
  • North Canterbury
  • Rotorua
  • Queenstown
  • Taranaki
  • South Canterbury
  • Taupo
  • Southland
  • Waikato
  • Wanaka
  • West Coast
  • Bay of Islands
  • Whangarei
  • Tauranga
  • Central Plateau
  • Hamilton
  • Napier
  • Palmerston North
  • Whanganui
  • New Plymouth
  • Kapati
  • Arrowtown
  • Te Anau
  • Akaroa
  • Ashburton
  • Hanmer
  • Kaikoura
  • Methven
  • Mt Cook
  • Oamaru
  • Tekapo
  • Timaru
  • Abel Tasman
  • Motueka
  • Nelson Lakes
  • Blenheim
  • Picton
  • Catlins
  • Gore
  • Invercargill
  • Stewart Island
  • Cromwell
  • Greymouth
  • Hokitika
  • Westport
  • Glenorchy

Our favourite destinations…

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Auckland

New Zealand’s economic heart and biggest city is also an exciting family visitor destination, situated on a sunny harbour with city beaches just minutes away from the CBD. Orientate yourself by heading down to Viaduct Harbour, wandering the waterfront, checking out the super yachts or enjoying the waterfront restaurants. Nearby is the must-visit Sky Tower along with excellent and kid-friendly museums and tons of exciting activities!

Wellington

Wellington is New Zealand’s capital. Here you will find New Zealand's parliament buildings, including the 'Executive Wing', more well-known as 'The Beehive' due to its distinctive shape. Another icon to look out for is the Wellington Tram, which was the main means of public transport between 1878 and 1964.

Christchurch

With a population of around 400,000 Christchurch, in Canterbury, is the South Island ’s largest city, yet much of it has the feel of a small town. Perhaps that’s why it’s known as the Garden City but with the expansive Hagley Park, Botanic Gardens, Port Hills, River Avon and numerous beaches the city certainly has an open, relaxed feel that’s hard to beat.

Queenstown

With its well-deserved reputation as New Zealand’s activity adventure capital you’ll never run out of activities and things to do in Queenstown, but you may run out of time! With breathtaking scenery, activities and festivals, cafes and restaurants, skiing and snowboarding, shopping and wineries, this lakeside alpine resort rates as one of the world’s top vacation destinations for all ages and seasons.

Rotorua

Rotorua sits on the shore of Lake Rotorua, one of sixteen lakes in the area formed by hundreds of thousands of years of eruptions from the Taupo Volcanic Zone. The area is renowned for its geothermal activity and top of any activity list is to see the bubbling mud pools that are around the region for yourself. The Waimangu Volcanic Valley offers a first hand insight into the devastation caused by the 1886 eruption of Mount Tarawera and is a great place to discover steaming volcanic craters and bubbling, spitting  pools of mud!

Nelson and Golden Bay

The Nelson and Golden Bay regions, at the top of the South Island, boast enviable sunshine hours, glorious sandy beaches, safe swimming spots, lots of wildlife to look out for, and Abel Tasman National Park - an absolute must to explore, on foot, by kayak, your own craft or watertaxi.  Nelson is home to a vibrant arts and crafts community with a fabulous Saturday market, and is close to award-winning wineries and family-friendly bike tracks to take you around the coast.

Hawkes Bay

Napier was rebuilt after the 1931 earthquake and is now known as NZ's Art Deco City.  The Art Deco influence has created a unique city – nowhere else can you see such a varied concentration of art deco style. With over 2,200 sunshine hours a year, Napier is a year-round holiday destination with countless activities to entertain the kids – there's days of entertainment on Marine Parade alone, plus numerous other family-friendly trips and activities.  Add to that the beaches, walks and flat cycle paths, outdoor cafes and entertainment, and you have a perfect holiday destination!

Northland

Beautiful, unspoiled beaches, fishing, historic gum fields, kauri forests – the Far North has it all. With subtropical temperatures, it's often known as ‘the Winterless north', with warm, humid summers and mild winters.
Gateway to the Bay of Islands, Paihia is a pretty, lively beachside town and a perfect base for your family holiday. It’s your start point for Bay of Island adventures including day cruises, sailing, kayaking, swimming with dolphins and reef or wreck diving.