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G’day, Willkommen, Bienvenido, Welcome to Awatea Tasman Bay’s Boutique Motueka Accommodation

However you say Haere Mai!

Welcome to one of the prettiest views in New Zealand – overlooking the beautiful Motueka River and out across Tasman Bay. At Awatea Tasman Bay’s boutique accommodation we offer you the opportunity to escape the hustle and bustle of daily living, or your hectic New Zealand holiday schedule, and relax in private, quality surroundings, while staying in stylish, modern, boutique accommodation.

Here you can enjoy stunning panorama views of Tasman Bay, the Motueka River and Moutere Valleys, Kina Peninsula, Nelson and Arthur mountain ranges, and across the bay to Nelson – all while relaxing in the comfort of this newly built, custom-designed eco-friendly boutique lodge on 25 private acres of rural beauty.

Awatea Tasman Bay provides the perfect Nelson holiday accommodation base, close to Motueka and Kaiteriteri, for day trips into the Abel Tasman National Park, Farewell Spit, and Kahurangi National Park. And you can easily explore the interesting towns of Golden Bay such as Takaka, our local town, Motueka, and the city of Nelson (it takes about 10 minutes to drive to Motueka and 50 minutes to Nelson).

Wish you were here? You can be; check out our self-catering luxury Cottage accommodation and Bed & Breakfast boutique accommodation offerings and make an online booking. We look forward to welcoming you to one of the prettiest views in New Zealand!

See you soon. Cheers!

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Awatea Tasman Bay’s Boutique Motueka Accommodation Choices

Designed with your comfort as top priority, Awatea Tasman Bay offers a choice of boutique Motueka accommodation that is an ideal base for exploring the popular Abel Tasman National Park, at the top of New Zealand’s beautiful South Island.

As a guest at Awatea Tasman Bay, you have access to all our on-site facilities, no matter which accommodation you choose.

Luxury Cottage Accommodation

395 per night

If you are looking for complete privacy and touches of luxury – perhaps to celebrate your special anniversary, birthday, or honeymoon – then you may wish to consider staying in our self-catering Cottage accommodation.

Our charming Cottage is a one-bedroom, self-contained, private accommodation building. It is newly built, using eco-friendly and sustainably sourced solid timber. It is the perfect spot for a couple on holiday, or maybe a romantic getaway, where you can choose to self-cater, dine out at one of the nearby local Motueka restaurants, or bring back some delicious take-away meals to enjoy.

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Boutique Bed & Breakfast Accommodation

370 per night

You can stay in our boutique Guest House Bay View Bed & Breakfast Suite – featuring expansive east-facing views over the Motueka River Valley and Tasman Bay.

This B&B suite is located in our boutique Guest House – built to the same high quality accommodation level as our self-catering Cottage accommodation. Solid timber that has been tastefully whitewashed is a stunning feature of every room, as are the large openable windows that offer such beautiful rural views.

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Awatea Tasman Bay’s Boutique Accommodation Awards & Testimonials


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TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Award to Awatea Tasman Bay in 2014
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TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Award to Awatea Tasman Bay in 2015
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TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Award to Awatea Tasman Bay in 2016
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TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Award to Awatea Tasman Bay in 2017


Dear Scott & John, We would like to thank you both for the most amazing time we had here. Your place is beautiful, warm and welcoming and we felt like at home here. Also thank you very much for your trip advice, tips where to go and what to see, thanks to them we have memories of this area that we will never forget! This really was the sunniest place of New Zealand but not only because of the weather smiley face Thanks again!Martina & Michal, Brno, Czech Republic



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    Bay View Suite bedroom has an amazing view of the Motueka River at Awatea Tasman Bay’s boutique B&B accommodation
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    Relax by the fire in Awatea Tasman Bay’s boutique Motueka bed and breakfast accommodation for Abel Tasman National Park
  • awatea boutique accommodation site at dusk
    Awatea Tasman Bay’s luxury Cottage and boutique Bed & Breakfast accommodation is nestled in the foothills near Abel Tasman National Park
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    Soak away your cares while admiring the view of Tasman Bay from Awatea Tasman Bay’s outdoor spa


Ideas for Enjoying the Beautiful Top of the South

You can easily spend three days (or more) exploring this beautiful part of New Zealand’s South Island. And here are some suggestions to get you started.

Day One – Abel Tasman National Park

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Walking along the golden sands of Awaroa beach in Abel Tasman National Park (by Nelson Tasman Tourism)

Grab some water, something for lunch, and a beach towel, then drive to Kaiteriteri to catch a water taxi departing around 9 am. After about 45 minutes of cruising the clear sea water you will be amazed at the beautiful coastline of Abel Tasman National Park. Depending on what you feel like doing, you can disembark the water taxi and spend time relaxing on a stunning golden sand beach and swim in the clear turquoise water, or walk through the forest, listening to the native birds, and appreciating georgous bays and scenery across Tasman Bay.

There are plenty of varied walks – from a gentle stroll for an hour or two, to more challenging treks from one bay to another, such as the very popular four-hour walk from Medlands Bay to Anchorage. And when you are ready, catch your pre-booked return cruise on the water taxi back to Kaiteriteri.

While you were out in Abel Tasman National Park, you will have no doubt seen people sea kayaking. This is also a wonderful way to explore the stunning coastline, and you can choose between a guided tour or freedom rentals.

Completely guided tours of Abel Tasman National Park are available and are very worthwhile. For example, spend a day with a local marine biologist and learn all about the native flora and fauna, plus see places in the National Park that you can’t ordinarly get to.

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Day Two – Takaka Hill & Golden Bay

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The magnificent view of Riwaka Valley and Tasman Bay from Hawk’s Lookout, Takaka Hill (by Nelson Tasman Tourism)

The drive from Awatea Tasman Bay to the delightful village of Takaka is spectacular! You just have to take your time as you wind your way up to Hawk’s Lookout, where you can stop and appreciate the magnificent view after a short 10 minute boardwalk to the viewing platform suspended above the Riwaka Valley. There is also a really interesting limestone cave nearby, with fossilised remains of the giant Moa that once roamed the area. Drive on to Takaka where you can stroll through the many shops selling local arts & crafts and filling up on some yummy bits to eat & drink at the cafés.

There are some choices for you to make – see the Te Waikoropupu Springs and the facinating Grove and on to the Fairy Falls that are within the northern reaches of Abel Tasman National Park. Alternatively you might wish to drive to the village of Collingwood and then to the beginning of Farewell Spit. There are some great walks from here; one from the lookout café to Fossil Point; another is to walk Wharariki Beach with its stone outcrops and tidal sea-pools where Fur seals often play.

You can also venture into Kahurangi National Park from Upper Takaka – take the road south toward the Cobb Valley and trek into the hydro-electic dam.

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Day Three – Ruby Coast, Mapua Wharf & Wineries

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There are some lovely areas to cycle between Mapua and Kaiteriteri along the Great Taste Trail (by Nelson Tasman Tourism)

Spend a day looking around the craft galleries along the Ruby Coast Highway to, and in the village of, Mapua. Then enjoy a traditional Fish ’n Chips lunch from the world famous (in New Zealand) Smokehouse take-away at Mapua Wharf www.mapuawharf.co.nz. You can also hire a bike for a day at the Wharf and take a ferry across to Rabbit Island and ride along the beach and through the pine forest on the island. If you feel like exploring some wineries, then ask the very helpful people at Wheelie Fantastic www.wheeliefantastic.co.nz about the bicycle route to Upper Moutere via a selection of outstanding wineries.

Stay in the Centre of the Nelson Tasman Region

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Awatea Tasman Bay’s boutique accommodation is ideally located for Abel Tasman National Park, Motueka, and Nelson, New Zealand

Awatea Tasman Bay is located at the top of the South Island of New Zealand, and is ideally situated for day trips to Golden Bay, Abel Tasman National Park, and Mapua. Check out our interactive Google map to see just how centrally located in the Nelson Tasman region we really are!

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Photographic painting: Late summer’s day view of the Motueka River and Tasman Bay from Awatea Tasman Bay