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Te Puna Wai Lodge

4.0 of 5 Bed and Breakfast   |   24 Richardson Street | Britannia Heights, Nelson 7010, New Zealand
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Ranked #1 of 57 Nelson B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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5 of 5 stars reviewed 2 weeks ago
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Orange, California
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband and I stayed for 2 nights at Te Puna Wai 2 weeks ago on our way to a fishing lodge in New Zealand. It was amazing! Richard and James have done a great job remodeling and decorating this historic house. We stayed in the first floor apartment, which is large and comfortable. A big part of how wonderful... More

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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26 hotel reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Spent a couple of nights here... longer would have been nice! Beautiful room with wonderful view from the veranda... and what a sunset!. Friendly helpful hosts and tasty breakfast. Well positioned and excellent restaurants within walking distance.

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Melbourne, Australia
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Magnificent views, lovely old building, excellent decor, well appointed, good location and two superb hosts in Richard and James, who were both interesting and well travelled. This was reflected in the eclectic mix of accumulated items on display in this, their abode. The best accommodation we experienced in New Zealand. Hard to nail it down to any one thing, it... More

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25 hotel reviews
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Our two stays at Te Puna Wai Lodge are among our most cherished travel experiences. Comfort, elegance, generosity, and good taste are among the words that first come to mind to describe the approach of James and Richard. We stayed for two nights and wished it had been a week.

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Dorchester, United Kingdom
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11 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

Readers will have got the idea about this place already. It is excellent. Richard and James are superb hosts, they have good local knowledge and are cultured chaps - so cultured Sir Ian McKellen stayed there - beat that. We found our rooms to be breathtaking with the incredible views that others have mentioned, a lovely breakfast and lots and... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014 via mobile

What a gorgeous place. After a warm welcome from James, we dined on the harbour at an excellent restaurant a short walk away then we slept with the bifold windows wide open to what must be *the* best view in Nelson. Great bed, great room, great breakfast and great hosts. Sublime.

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Fremont, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2014

The view was awesome ... Richard and James are amazing and quite interesting !! We had a good little visit with them ! We loved sitting on the deck with the stunning view and incredible smell ( the smell was Queen of the night) ... The guys told us that you only smell this like 2 weeks out of the... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2014

We stayed for 5 nights altogether, into two segments with an Abel Tasman walk in between and we thoroughly enjoyed our time here. Richard and James are brilliant and welcoming hosts. The breakfasts are great and we really enjoyed the fun touches they laid on such as running up a flag for each nationality that visits!! We stayed in the... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2014

Although we had the opportunity to stay in some lovely B&B's as we traveled around the South Island of New Zealand, Te Puna Wai was our favorite stop for many reasons. The B&B architecture is charming, the view is truly stunning, our room was spacious and comfortable, the bathroom was quite incredible, and the hosts Richard and James are thoughtful,... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2014 via mobile

Te Puna Wai is a truly amazing place. Richard and James are exceptional hosts, the house is beautiful, the breakfast a delight (fab food, starched linen, magnificent view). It there were a six rating on Trip Adviser we'd have gone for it - the attention to detail that these charming men have put into the house and garden is quite... More

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Also Known As:
Te Puna Wai Hotel
Te Puna Wai Hotel Nelson
Address: 24 Richardson Street | Britannia Heights, Nelson 7010, New Zealand
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Location: 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 #1 of 57 B&Bs / Inns in Nelson
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Te Puna Wai Lodge 4*
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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