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Te Puna Wai Lodge
Ranked #6 of 55 Nelson B&B and Inns
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Reviewed 27 April 2017

Te Puna Wai Lodge provided an amazing start to our NZ vacation! The restored home is stunning inside and out. Our room was beautifully appointed and there were lovely gardens and sitting areas outside, along with breathtaking views from the yard! My husband and I arrived in Nelson for the first two nights of our vacation and our time there was a real highlight! Richard and James attend to every detail and are helpful, warm and engaging! When we arrived before check-in, Richard graciously welcomed us to relax and wait on the front porch to enjoy a cold drink and take in the views. During our stay, we had great conversations with Richard and learned so much about NZ and the local area. The location is just a short walk to some wonderful restaurants, too. Our hosts attended to every detail. We were served an unexpected cold beverage as we sat in the yard one afternoon, and James even provided bug spray and sun screen when we headed to Abel Tasman for the day. What really took my breath away each morning was the beautiful table setting and scrumptious breakfast! Richard was a wonderful host who greeted us when we arrived. When we departed, he was the new friend who hugged us farewell. Te Puna Wai Lodge is five star all the way around!

Room Tip: Our lower level room had garden view rather than ocean yet it was still wonderful!
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  • Stayed: April 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 14 April 2017 via mobile

Absolutely lovely restored home, incredibly comfortable, amazing views, quiet luxury, and to cap it off Richard and James are delightful hosts ! You couldn't ask for more!! But then breakfast is delicious and our hosts had great suggestions for things to see and do in Nelson. Most highly recommended!!

Stayed: April 2017, travelled as a couple
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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
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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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Additional Information about Te Puna Wai Lodge

Address: 24 Richardson Street | Britannia Heights, Nelson 7010, New Zealand
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Region: New Zealand > South Island > Nelson-Tasman Region > Nelson
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
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Ranked #6 of 55 B&Bs / Inns in Nelson
Price Range: $158 - $374 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Te Puna Wai Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A beautiful, historic (1857) home - in Nelson's premier location - with a magical view encompassing the harbour entrance and Tasman Bay. In the west 2 mountain ranges contribute to dramatic sunsets. Three elegant rooms: Haulashore Apartment has a designer kitchen (with laundry appliances), veranda & terrace; adjacent Wakatu Room (doesn't get a direct view but often paired with Haulashore); top-floor Fifeshire Suite with unparalleled view. All have luxurious marble-tiled bathrooms. WIFI is complimentary. Relaxed, affable hosts. Four minutes to town or 4 the other way to the city beach (Tahunanui). Richard speaks German, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Danish. Te Puna Wai's guests are helping keep a special part of NZ early architecture alive & humming. ... more   less 
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