I struggle to best describe our experience as overall it was very pleasant – beautiful setting in the hilly, green, quiet corner of New Zealand close to the wonderful Abel Tasman park, friendly hosts, lovely afternoons on the porch with the glass of local wine, nothing to do and nowhere to rush to.
But few things linger in memory that the hosts should consider to make the future travellers experience even more pleasant. Firstly, despite common preconceptions, sometimes it gets really hot in New Zealand and when we were there and the dial reached a very humid 28 degrees, the cabins are really, really stuffy with no air circulation and a fan that just does not cope with the heat. We were told that in the eco lodge setting, the air conditioning may seem a little too right wing and we agree but why not take advantage of the natural flow of the air rather than having all windows firmly bolted down? That looks like a bit of a cost saving during building that is not terribly environmentally friendly?
Secondly, a home-made bread is a lovely touch but most of home-made breads are great on the day they are baked and this one is delivered on the afternoon of the day before breakfast – it looks nice but taste like a heavy damper. Maybe the bread is meant to be brick heavy but if that is the case, maybe not every day?
Finally, the lodge offers multitude of services on its very well designed website but we had found that organising massage was sufficiently complicated that we did not bother in the end and when asked about food choices on the Abel Tasman boat we were directed to go shopping at the local supermarket (the lodge offers picnic hampers but that was not suggested – we did go to the supermarket). Travellers hoping for a luxury experience would hope that the massage booking would be breezy (as would the temperature in the cabin), ideally even before you arrive and the picnic hamper would be easier to organise than the supermarket. Otherwise it is very eco but less luxury
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Voted one of the world's 25 best luxury eco-lodges (National Geographic Traveler 2013), The Resurgence is set in 50 acres of tranquil wilderness with 5km of bush tracks. Surrounded by birds, this relaxed and friendly Lodge is a perfect base for exploring the Nelson Region. Select Boutique Lodge Rooms or self-contained Bush Suites on Dinner B&B or self-contained basis. Dinner is a highlight with 4-course gourmet farm-to-table dining showcasing Nelson wine and produce. The Resurgence is the closest 5-star lodge to the Abel Tasman National Park and also offers easy day trips to Golden Bay, Kahurangi National Park or Nelson art studios and wineries. Let your well-travelled hosts help you plan activities such as kayaking, hikes and birding trips to winery and art tours. This child-free, smoke free resort with pool, spa and massage therapies is accessible by road, 45 minutes from Nelson airport. Ideal for honeymoons and for active couples who enjoy good food and nature. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Resurgence Hotel Kairuru