Unusual Accommodation Marlborough / Nelson area / Golden Bay


Marlborough / Nelson area / Golden Bay

Jugglers Rest

8 Canterbury Street
Phone: 03 573 5570

Jugglers Rest is a small 16 bed hostel. What makes the hostel unusual is that workshops in poi, hoop and juggling are often available, there are also plenty of props for guests to use. Shared 4 bed dorms from $30, double rooms from $70.

Sennon House

Sennen House
9 Oxford Street
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.

St Leonards Vineyard Cottages

St Leonards Vineyard Cottages
18 St Leonards Road, RD 1
Phone: 03 577 8328

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.

Tasman Bay
Jester House (The Boot B&B)
Coastal Highway, Tasman
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 $330 per night, 10% discount for two or more nights.

Hairy Hobbit Eco Cottage


Hairy Hobbit Eco Cottage

276 Brooklyn Valley Road, RD3          Phone: 021 2368524      Hairy Hobbit Facebook

Nestled in the Brooklyn Valley hills overlooking Tasman Bay, Hairy Hobbit Eco Cottage is modern and self-contained. The cottage offers a peaceful retreat in 70 acres of native bush, bursting with birdlife and with fantastic views over the bay. The cottage lies between Motueka and the beaches of Kaiteriteri. Ideal for day trips to Nelson or Golden Bay or to visit the huge scenery of the Abel Tasman, Kahurangi and Nelson Lakes National Parks.   Read and see more...

Hairy Hobbit Eco Cottage - kitchen
Hairy Hobbit Eco Lodge - kitchen and fire place
Hairy Hobbit Eco Cottage


The Resurgence Luxury Eco Lodge - Hot Tub


The Resurgence Luxury Eco Lodge

574 Riwaka Valley Road          Phone: 03 528 4664      The Resurgence Facebook      The Resurgence Tripadvisor Reviews
Voted 'one of the world's 25 best luxury eco-lodges' by National Geographic Traveler. Close to Abel Tasman National Park for kayaking, hiking, boat trips and eco tours, with easy day trips to Golden Bay, Kahurangi National Park or Nelson art studios, wineries and cycle trails. Select Boutique Lodge Rooms on half-board, or unique self-contained Bush Suites (self-cater or with dinner).    Read and see more...

The Resurgence Luxury Eco Lodge - Bath
The Resurgence Luxury Eco Lodge - Bush Chalet
The Resurgence Luxury Eco Lodge - Bush Chalet interior
The Resurgence Luxury Eco Lodge - Pool



Abel Tasman National Park
Anchorage Bay
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. (Closed over winter).

The Shady Rest, Takaka


The Shady Rest

139 Commercial Street          Phone: 03 525 9669      The Shady Rest Tripadvisor Reviews
Welcome to Shady Rest in beautiful, sunny Golden Bay, at the top of New Zealand's South Island. Shady Rest offers boutique, luxury bed and breakfast accommodation in a 100 year old historic doctor's residence on Takaka's main street.    Read and see more...

The Shady Rest - Lounge
The Shady Rest - The Green Room
The Shady Rest - The Grand Room
The Shady Rest - Outdoor Bath


Golden Bay Hideaway,

Golden Bay
Golden Bay Hideaway
220 McShane Road, Wainui Bay
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.