The SpaceThe Location and Land:
Marahau Retreat sits on 15 acres of land, much of it regenerating bush. It's a peaceful setting…abundant in nature, close to rivers and the sea with an amazing choice of activities and stunning places to visit in the area. A gorgeous location for those wanting retreat space and or a base for outings. Many of our visitors wish they had stayed longer! On the property is a mountain fed gully stream and the climate is lovely. Warm to hot in summer, winter is cold but stunning with few people, very quiet and quite special; spring and autumn are absolutely delightful and bursting with colour. The surrounding nature feels soft and lush but of course dryer in the hot season. Rain here is a truly wonderful experience. Our orchid is in its second year so no fruit yet but in a couple of years there will be an abundance of offerings for you to enjoy.
Set on a rise in Marahau Valley, Marahau Retreat is next to the Abel Tasman National Park. The park's entrance is an enjoyable 10-12 minute walk down the road and we have fabulous elevated views over the Park, Marahau beach front and river. Sunrise is spectacular! Moon and starry nights equally spectacular!
The Energy: A major part of Marahau Retreat is the energy of the land itself which is peaceful yet vibrant…..all encompassing....healing...actually it feels quite timeless, a great zone to enter during your stay in this remarkable part of the world....sometimes it honestly feels like being in another time and place…
Accommodation: Our Sea View Chalet is rustic but chic with some of the best views in Marahau. It's a lovely walk down the road to the Abel Tasman Park entrance, beaches, water taxis, kayak operators, paddle boards, local store, cafes etc. The covered deck has elevated views over the ocean, Fisherman Island, Marahau River and Abel Tasman National Park.
People love staying in the Chalet. They say it's super relaxing and they sleep well. Everything is casual but appealing with details like quality linens on the bed, nice towels and good soap choices in the bathroom. You are surrounded by nature, birdsong, amazing energy and gorgeous views. The Chalet has a deck and contains a separate bedroom with a queen size bed, a kitchen living area with basic cooking facilities, fridge, dining table and sofa with double sofa bed option for twin share or extra person bookings. Bathroom is simple with a shower, toilet, heated towel rail and vanity. Laundry washing facilities are available for guests and there is a herb garden by the Chalet. Guest AccessYour Chalet accommodation is private and away from the main house though not isolated. Interaction with GuestsHosts Anna and Sylvain live on the property and can help with information, advice and activity reservations. English and French are spoken. Anna also runs private Soul/Meditation/Relaxation retreats and can offer Airbnb guests meditation or Qigong sessions and other services. If you are interested in this please ask Anna for more info. The NeighborhoodMarahau is in an extraordinary location right at the entrance to the Abel Tasman, New Zealand's most popular National Park. With stunning beaches and parks all around there are endless activities in the area and many within 10-75 minute's drive including walking, kayaking, paddle boarding, nature reserves, canyoning, caves, fishing, cycling, cafes, arts-crafts and wine trails, markets and beautiful natural scenery abounds! The vibe is relaxed, free and happy. Getting AroundIt is best to have a car to truly explore the area however there are shuttle buses available between Marahau Retreat and Nelson Airport and it is possible to do many activities within a 10-25 minute walk from your accommodation. We can send you the links for the shuttle bus bookings. Other Things to NoteWe have a Queen bed in the bedroom and a sofa bed in the living area.