Marlborough / Nelson / Golden Bay
8 Canterbury Street
http://www.jugglersrest.com Phone: 03 573 5570
Jugglers Rest is a small 16 bed hostel, what makes the hostel unusual is that you can arrange workshops in poi and hoop spinning (fee payable) or just have a go and get free tips from the staff. Most nights guests and/or staff will provide the entertainment. You can camp at Jugglers Rest from $20 pp, shared dorms from $26.
16 Gravesend Place
www.tombstonebp.co.nz Phone: 0800 573 7116
Dead tired? Head behind the coffin door and rest in peace behind double glazing at Tombstone. There are accommodation options to suit every budget - dorm beds from $25, rooms with ensuites, and a modern self contained apartment from $110 per night (sleeps two). All rates include breakfast, if you want to go to Hell for lunch or dinner you'll need to head to Hell Pizza in Nelson.
9 Oxford Street
www.sennenhouse.co.nz Phone: 03 573 5216
Stay in one of Picton's original colonial villas, built in 1886. Fourteen children were raised in the once seven bedroom property, these days visitors can stay on the first floor in studio and apartment accommodation. The Queen Charlotte studio has a carved four poster bed, the Sir Joseph Banks apartment has its own lounge and kitchen for those wanting to self cater. From $279 including continental breakfast provisions. Many reviewers appreciate the quality of the accommodation and the warm welcome.
52 Queen Street
www.durville.com Phone: 03 577 9945
Hotel d'Urville is an art deco luxury boutique hotel in the town centre. The building was formerly the Public Trust Office and has retained some vaulted doors. There are 11 rooms, all individually themed and decorated. Low season tariff from $195. You can also enjoy a fine dining experience in the restaurant.
St Leonards Vineyard Cottages
18 St Leonards Road, RD 1
www.stleonards.co.nz Phone: 03 577 8328
Highly rated on Trip Advisor, St Leonards Vineyard Cottages are a short drive (or bike ride if you're keen) from many of Blenheim's wineries. The accommodation options - Old Dairy, Shearers Quarters, Cottage, Stables and Woolshed are all former farm buildings. The onsite chooks provide free range eggs for breakfast. Wifi, laundry facilities and bikes (first come, first served) are included in the tariff, there's also a solar heated pool. From $120 per night including continental breakfast provisions.
Cob Quarters at Off the Mapp
www.offthemapp.co.nz Phone: 03 572 4222
Cob Quarters @ Off the Mapp is located at the top of the Waihopai Valley an hour from Blenheim. Built in the 1900s, it provides 'Unique and Boutique' self catering accommodation for six people. A highlight is the outdoor bath and shower perched on a rock ledge above the Waihopai river. The Station has a large conservation area which provides the perfect place for hiking,mountain biking, fishing, swimming, hunting or just relaxing. Another unique accommodation option on the property is Boundary Creek Cabin.
the bug Backpackers
226 Vanguard Street
www.thebug.co.nz Phone: 03 539 4227
The bug is a VW themed modern backpacker hostel. Tariff from $26 per night for a dorm bed, double with ensuite from $80, groups can also be accommodated.
1 South Street
There are a few cute cottages on historic South Street including Biddle Cottage which was built in 1864. Biddle Cottage has two double bedrooms, a log fire, and a garden courtyard. Tariff from $230 per night including breakfast provisions.
A Culinary Experience Luxury B&B
15 Seawatch Way, Atawhai
www.a-culinary-experience.com Phone: 03 545 1706
A five star luxury property where gourmet meals are an option or you can prepare your own at an onsite cooking class. Facilities include an outdoor spa, sauna, guest lounge and library. If you're a Red Hat Society member you may have the opportunity to meet some of Nelson's "Saucy Sisters".
Jester House (The Boot B&B)
Coastal Highway, Tasman
www.jesterhouse.co.nz Phone: 03 526 6742
It’s not just the old woman who can spend a night in a shoe, you can too. The Boot is a romantic two storey retreat with an open fire, Juliet balcony and small private courtyard. Breakfast is delivered to your door and you can have lunch over the fence at Jester House Café. B&B rate is $300 per night, 10% discount for two or more nights.
83 Pah Road, RD 2
www.pahrd.co.nz Phone: 03 528 5410
Stay in a straw bale studio with an open air bathroom. On the same property is Flax Cottage; a jewellery studio and gallery. Pah Road is a short drive from Kaiteriteri beach and the Abel Tasman National Park. From $130 including an organic continental breakfast (two night minimum stay applies to both the studio and cottage).
Abel Tasman National Park
www.aquapackers.co.nz Phone: 0800 430 744
Explore the Abel Tasman National Park from AquaPackers - the floating backpackers. Backpacker accommodation from $75 per person including BBQ dinner, breakfast and bedding. Private cabins also available. For those who prefer to sleep on land there is a self contained bach on the shore at Anchorage Bay. (Closed over winter).
Sans Souci Inn
11 Richmond Road, Pohara
www.sanssouciinn.co.nz Phone:03 525 8663
Sans Souci Inn is a unique mud brick property a couple of minutes walk from Pohara beach. Each room has French doors that open to a communal courtyard. Bathrooms are shared and there are composting toilets. An onsite restaurant utilises organic ingredients from the garden. From $90 single, $115 double. There is also a self contained family unit from $160.
Haile Lane, Pohara
www.goldenbayaccommodation.co.nz Phone: 03 525 9087
Take a virtual tour of The Sandcastle here. Book a self contained chalet and warm up in the sauna and outdoor spa. From $90 double per night, breakfast can be brought to your chalet as an optional extra. There is a BBQ and seating area in the garden for guest use.
Golden Bay Hideaway
220 McShane Road, Wainui Bay
www.goldenbayhideaway.co.nz Phone: 03 525 7184
Golden Bay Hideaway has four accommodation options - a restored house truck set in a private bush location with an outdoor bath; two environmentally conscious houses - Little Greenie and Kiwi Greenie; and the Hippie House which was started by some of the original 'Hippies' in Golden Bay and has been completed and restored. House truck stay from $150 per night, discounts for longer stays.