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“Comfortable, family-run spot. Good base for Abel Tasman visit.” 5 of 5 stars
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Equestrian Lodge Motel
4.5 of 5 Motel   |   2 Avalon Court, Motueka, New Zealand   |  
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Houston, Texas
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“Comfortable, family-run spot. Good base for Abel Tasman visit.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2013

This is a cheery motel-style spot with pretty garden-like grounds, run by a helpful couple who appear to live onsite. Clean with kitchenettes. Nice spot. Wifi was pretty fast, too. Has an onsite laundry. No breakfast, but McDonald's is 2 minutes away. Alan was helpful on planning my hikes, too.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2013 via mobile

The owners of this lodge have passion in their work. You will notice this immediately when you arrive. Every thing is focused to give the guest a home feeling. The lodges are excellent and very clean. The bed is really great, in the kitchen all you want is available. The bathroom is clean and spacey, with very hot water. So, bottom line, nothing to complain

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Sandisfield, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2013

What a great find. Alan, our host, was friendly and helpful. Our room was spacious and comfortable. The motel is a short walk off of the main street in Motueka but it feels like you are staying in a secluded sanctuary of beautifully landscaped gardens, flowers in bloom, song birds singing. We stayed for two nights and used this convenient location as our jumping off point for exploring Abel Tasman.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2013

Alan and Lisa are kind, caring and just neat to talk to.

The room was perfect. Warm and cozy and spotless. (Lisa, we chatted about how we both are clean freaks) :0) If you want to watch a movie, there's a DVD player and movies you can borrow.

Quiet and peaceful, but the birds in the morning will sing like crazy and we loved that!! It also made us get up and go sight seeing.

Come stay here and you'll love it.

You can easily drive to the beaches or back over to Nelson in minutes.

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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2013

My Dad enjoyed the privilege of staying at the Equestrian Lodge Motel in Motueka. It was superb. Excelled in all aspects as a first class holiday paradise with beautiful gardens to relax in. Conscientious proprietors Alan and Lisa even carried his bag from the car to his unit and made Dad feel at home. Would definitely stay again.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2013

This quiet motel is tucked just off the main road through Motueka and situated right by a remnant of native bush. The gardens are beautiful and filled with tui who add a melodious backdrop. The units are large and comfortable with good cooking facilities (although there are several good options in Motueka-try Elevation Cafe). There's a generous free internet allowance and Alan and Lisa go to a lot of trouble to ensure you have a good stay. Abel Tasman NP (Kaiteriteri) is ~15 minutes by car so this makes a great base for an exploration of the southern end of the park using one of the water taxi companies.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2013

We stayed here in Oct 2013 for one night for a function in the town, and found the owners to be extremely helpful when booking. The room was very very clean, especially the bathroom, and lovely and quiet (no noisy bar fridges or banging and rattling). The only sounds in the morning were birds. Very comfortable and would definately stay here again!

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 2 Avalon Court, Motueka, New Zealand
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Location: New Zealand > South Island > Nelson-Tasman Region > Motueka
Amenities:
Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Motueka
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Equestrian Lodge Motel 4.5*
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Relax and unwind in our peaceful oasis just 5 minutes short stroll from Motueka high street. Our 15 ground floor units open out to our 2 acres of landscaped gardens. There is plenty of off-street parking for cars, boats and trailers. BBQ, dine or picnic in the shade of trees and sun umbrellas. Our facilities include children’s play area, solar heated swimming pool (seasonal) and private spa. ... more   less 
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Equestrian Hotel Motueka
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Equestrian Lodge Motel Motueka, New Zealand - Nelson-Tasman

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