The SpaceIf you'd like to experience glamping - i.e. a comfortable version of camping - this might be just what you are looking for: set on about 5 hectares, you are surrounded by birds and nature. The bell tent serves as the bedroom: it's spacious (5m diameter), and tastefully furnished with a queen sized bed, side tables, and a comfortable chair, ottoman and sisal rugs. There's electricity in the tent, and you have access to a TV, fast internet access, and a Philips Fidelio with Airplay to listen to music. Just outside, there's a spacious pergola for breakfast, lunch and dinner al fresco. The sleep out is small, and very basic: but you have a small kitchen with an induction stove, a La Pavoni coffee machine, a single bed, a large desk, and a small bathroom, with shower, sink and toilet.
The setting is rural, but not remote: the main house (occupied year round) is only about 20 meters away. However, the tent and the sleep out are very private, as they look away from the house, and towards the paddock and forest.
The Great Taste Trail - a 175km cycle trail - runs right through the property, and the Jester House - voted NZ's best cafe - is a 2 minute bike ride away, as is the Tasman Store, with its own coffee roaster. It's a 5 minute car drive to Mapua, with it's nice wharf, restaurants, brewery and boutique stores, and a 10 minute drive to Motueka, gateway to the Abel Tasman National Park. Guest AccessGuest have access to the tent, and the sleep out, including Wifi internet access throughout the property. Bedding is provided, as are amenities (Shampoo, conditioner, soap and towels). We also provide two old trusty and rusty mountain bikes that are fine for short trips around the area - for anything more ambitious, you can rent a bike in Mapua (a 5 minute car drive away). Interaction with GuestsI communicate with guests by email and phone only. In an emergency, the main house - occupied by tenants - is only 20 meters away. The NeighborhoodThe area is pure paradise for kayakers, bikers, hikers and wine connoisseurs. You are surrounded by wineries and garden cafes: Neudorf, Woollaston and Kahurangi and Seifried and some 20 more wineries are within a 30 minute drive; and the famous Jester House garden cafe is a 2 minute bike ride or a 5 minute walk (via the Cycle trail) away. The Riverside Cafe, a particularly cute garden cafe is a 10 minute drive away, or a 45 minute bike ride entirely on the Great Taste Trail, and from there you can head on to Toad Hall and many more cafes.
The areas is the gateway to three great National Parks: Abel Tasman, for hiking and sea kayaking; and Nelson Lakes, and Kahurangi.
The beach is a 5 minute drive away, and by low tide, you can walk or run along the beach and the Kina Cliffs all the way to Mapua. Getting AroundYou'll need a car - it's about 25 minutes to Nelson airport by car, and everything is within easy reach - but a car is required. You can walk to the Tasman Store, and the Jester House. Other Things to NotePlease remember - while it's an extremely comfortable tent, it's a tent, so please bring a spirit of adventure. The birds are amazing, and waking up to Tuis is quite amazing - but they will wake you up at sunrise. The tent has netting all around, but some bugs will always manage to get in with you - so if that's too much nature for you, you might not enjoy the experience. The tent sleeps 2 people comfortably in the double bed, and there's a third, single bed in the (SENSITIVE CONTENTS HIDDEN) - so we marked the listing for 4 people assuming it's the parents and two kids, one of them small. The place really only accommodates two adults comfortably.