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Reviewed 12 April 2017 via mobile

My wife and I stayed two nights here during our honeymoon. I wish we could have stayed longer.

We had a water view room with a private terrace and garden which would have been lovely to sit out on if it didn't rain so much! The first night we arrived we were greeted by Richard who showed us the room which included a kitchen, laundry, bathroom and studio bedroom with couch and table overlooking the water. He gave us a bottle of sparkling on arrival and the fridge was stocked with beer and cider, all of which was complimentary. Yes, I know it's built into the room price, but it's these kinds of details that make a difference.

The breakfast was lavish and generous: fruit salad, yogurt, bread, cereal and Danishes, followed by bacon and eggs. Tea and coffee and fruit juice of course. My only complaint is that it would be nice to have a full cooked breakfast, but that is a minor quibble.

The hosts Richard and James were welcoming and friendly and are incredibly knowledgable about Nelson. Richard suggested a restaurant for dinner on the first night and made a booking for us. It was excellent.

In summary, we enjoyed our stay very much. If we are ever in Nelson again we'd definitely stay at Te Puna Wai.

Stayed: April 2017, travelled as a couple
Thank Chris H
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Reviewed 11 April 2017

Had an absolutely delightful stay in the studio apartment. Spacious and comfortable with amazing view. Richard was such an engaging and gracious host; I didn't get a chance to meet James. Location is close to waterfront restaurants, and easy downhill walk into Nelson center (and short cab ride back). Only question I had for Richard at the time of my departure was how far in advance do I need to reserve for my next stay??

  • Stayed: April 2017, travelled solo
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Reviewed 9 April 2017

We stayed in the studio apartment. It was the perfect size with a good sized bathroom and kitchen. It was great to have our own facilities ie washing machine, after a few weeks travelling. It was a very homely apartment ie we felt instantly at home and had a lovely patio with a view to the sea. Richard and James were great and very helpful - booking restaurants for us within walking distance. Both restaurants were very good recommendations and we had great meals. It was a very relaxed place to stay. We are only sorry that we had to leave so early for a ferry we missed the lovely breakfast on the second morning.

  • Stayed: March 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 April 2017 via mobile

Our experience of two nights at the Te Puna Wai Lodge was nothing short of fantastic! The hosts, James and Richard, are inviting, warm, interesting and clearly knowledgeable about their wonderful country. Our room on the ground floor was huge and beautiful, and has a stunning view of the harbor. The minute we walked in the door we were offered a glass of wine and/or drink (how nice was that!) and enjoyed a lovely chat with Richard on the deck adjacent to our room. There's a kitchen, washer/dryer, TV - honestly if we could move in I'd never leave NZ! Breakfast was delicious, with fresh fruits, cooked eggs, healthy cereals, etc. The location is great, walking distance to a few restaurants or easy drive in town. This is what hospitality is all about. Thank you again from Mira & Andy.

Stayed: March 2017, travelled as a couple
Thank Mira G
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Reviewed 24 March 2017 via mobile

this spacious hillside house, built in the 1850s and meticlously restored, has verandas with lovely views of tasman bay. the grounds are beautifully landscaped and maintained. the location is excellent for relaxing walks along the bayshore and short drives to the center of nelson. the town has excellent restaurants, an impressive anglican cathedral and nice parks. richard and james are informed and thoughtful hosts. richard is a native of nelson who knows everybody in and everything about nelson. he is a pleasure to get talking about the history of the house and the town over the fancy breakfast they serve.

Stayed: March 2017, travelled as a couple
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