The Wilsons have been welcoming visitors to the Abel Tasman region for 8 generations so they know how to host a great holiday. They've got 2 Lodges right on the beach in the National Park, one at Torrent Bay and the other one, Meadowbank Homestead, is a replica of the family's original homestead in Awaroa inlet. The positioning of the Lodges means you don't have to travel in and out of the Park each day to see the stretch of the coastal track, from Marahau to Totaranui. There were three generations of my family wanting to travel together, but not necessarily wanting to do the same things through the day. So, I went with the walkers but my neice and nephew were into the guided sea kayaking. My mother was content to see the coast from the comfort of the Wilson's lovely modern catamaran but I did notice an elderly couple were enjoying the kayaking. It's not a cheap holiday but really good value with everything included. The meals are first class, (and healthy) and all transfers are taken care of with cheery, knowledgeable guides and hosts. It's a really stress-free holiday - and environmentally friendly, too.
In the middle of a National Park with no road access, and no town facilities, the standard of accommodation is suprisingly upmarket for an "eco" lodge. The Lodges have solar assisted power generation and all rooms are twin rooms with ensuite bathrooms.
Para ir al parque Abel Tasman , nos quedamos en Motueka en un hostal de mochileros , que se llama the White Elephant
Está en una casa de estilo colonial y alrededor de la casa en el jardín hay varios alojamientos muy cómodos , nosotros nos quedamos en uno de ellos
La cocina y las partes comunes estaban muy bien y muy limpias
No se nos olvida la buena fruta que cojimos de los árboles del jardín : naranjas , limones , nísperos
To go to the Abel Tasman Park, we stayed in a backpackers hostel in Motueka, called the White Elephant
It's in a colonial style home and around the house in the garden there are several very comfortable accommodations, we stayed at one of them
The kitchen and the common parts were very good and very clean
We will not forget the good fruit that we got from trees in the garden : oranges, lemons, persimmons
We stayed 3 nights at Abel Tasman Haven in Marahau and enjoyed our stay. There are 3 chalets and each is self contained. That was great because you don't have to worry about your neighbor listening to the TV on full volume or you don't have to hear them packing their stuff to leave.
Quiet location, clean accomodation. There was a microwave, stove top, refrigerator, shower/toilet. Sky TV. Laundry facilities onsite.
We enjoyed our stay at the Marahau Lodge. It was very clean, cute and within walking distance to the kayak company we booked our trip with. No complaints!
Continental breakfast available for purchase, and was delivered to the room.
We had a chalet room which had a small kitchen, and a private deck. They also had laundry facilities available on the grounds.
We had to spend a second night in Motueka due to heavy rain delaying our kayaking trip by one day. We decided to try a different hostel and booked a dorm bed at the Bakers Lodge, YHA Hostel. The dorm rooms contained about 6 beds I think and were comfortable and cost us $22 each per night. There was a TV room upstairs and the showers and toilets were clean. The kitchen facilities were big and modern and there was a nice courtyard that would have been good on a sunny day (which it wasn't in our case!!).
The receptionist had baked some muffins which she gave to each person who arrived that day. A nice touch I thought!
We had pre-booked our accommodation at the Happy Apple as we drove straight to Motueka from Picton after our ferry arrived at about 5pm. We arrived quite late but Wayne (the proprietor) was waiting for us. We paid $25 for a double room which consisted of a double bed. The bathroom facilities were shared and in the corridor just outside the room. There was a shared kitchen, TV and internet facilities.
The accommodation is relatively simple but clean and cheerful. They do offer discounts for BBH members.
We did not stay here but came across this hut when we were hiking (tramping) in the park. Anchorage Hut has 26 bunks, nearby camp sites and fresh water available. This is one of several "huts" available through the Conservatory Dept. of Tasman National Park.
No road access means this is very special. You can either walk in the long trek, or come by water taxi.
The café/restaurant is very modern, and enjoyable. The accommodation is chalet nestled in the busy, not as comfortable as the price may indicate, however you are paying a lot for the remoteness and accessibility of food etc. A truly great experience and a lot of walking and kayaking to do in this area.
Awaroa Lodge is closed for renovations over winter from 1st May to 25th September 2010.
Walking and kayaking, which the lodge staff can organise. It is advisable to book the kayaking before you arrive as it is very popular. Book independantly or with the lodge.
If you walk the Abel Tasman Coast Track independently, you must book to stay in the huts provided by the Department of Conservation. This one at Awaroa Bay is idyllically situated right on the beach. When the tide is in the water comes right up to the grass!!
Much cheaper than the Lodge, but must be booked.
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