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Mapua accommodation

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Mapua accommodation

We are going to the Nelson area in January 09. We plan to base ourselves for at least 5 nights there and then spend a few nights in the Queen Charlotte area, then head to Christchurch for the flight out.

Have seen some lovely self contained accommodation near Mapua - which would suit our family which includes 2 boys - and would appreciate comments on this area. Is it a good base?

Any recommendations for somewhere in the Queen Charlotte area also appreciated - we like bushwalking so would like to experience a bit of the track.

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1. Re: Mapua accommodation

hey,

i am sure you will love the top of the south, but you might find Mapua a bit quiet, there isnt much there especially compared to Nelson in terms of restaurants and food. But you are close to the good beaches on Rabbit Island and also all of the vineyards are right on your doorstep in Mapua.

Its only a 20/30 minute drive into Nelson, Richmond or Motueka and a bit longer into the Abel Tasman.

You might want to have a look at a day trip into Golden Bay to the west, its a great little area, just far enough off the main tourist track to make it nice and quiet even in january.

if you get over there you can do the farewell spit tour which is great and visit pupu springs and see the beautiful clear water pumping out of the ground.

if you are looking for a nice walk as well as or instead of the abel tasman, the day walk up mount arthur in the kahurangi national park is a great walk, beautiful views from the mountains and again it usually virtually tourist free!

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Thanks for that info. Any ideas on the Queen Charlotte area?

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Hi

I take it you want to stay somewhere in the sounds itself - if you don't mind basic sort of accomodation Smiths Farm - wehsite -www.smithsfarm.co.nz

1419 Queen Charlotte Drive Linkwater

RD1, PICTON 7281, New Zealand

Main phone: (03) 574 2806

It has a couple of motel units - it is in link water not far from a couple of nice beaches and close to one end of the Queen Charlotte track. It is a camping ground but the nice thing about this is there is room for the kids to run around.

However, there are no restaurants etc. It is about 30min from Picton one way and about the same from Havelock. There is a small local store but you are best to buy everything you need in Picton before arriving.

In addition - a word of warning - if anyone suffers from car sickness the road around the sounds will definitely cause it!

Hope this helps

cheers

Kiwi

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also i think its worth mentioning a great restaurant in Havelock, it used to be called Mussel Boys, but its got a new name now - but its a small town so you cant miss it. Its an amazing place, probably the only specialist mussel restaurant in the world serving fresh mussels many ways, definitely worth a stop for lunch on the way through.

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Check out www.evills.com/escapes.html for accommodation 2 bedrooms and a stunning location. You better do you bookings soon a sit will be peak season.

The NZ website should offer walking suggestions. www.newzealand.com

www.queencharlottetrack.co.nz/…

Also The Abel Tasman can be done too as a day trip from Mapua.

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Are you wanting to stay in the sound itself or close by?

Smiths Farm Holiday park motel units are new and have cooking facilties & bathroom in them, but not overly big. Plus there are also cabins just with beds and a communal kitchen and bathroom. Plus there is a huge area for kids to run around with a small playground. There is also a walk to a waterfall that takes about an hour over the paddocks. And of course there are animals too!

There is a pub just 1km from the complex that have good meals. But otherwise you are best to take your own food unless you want o go to Picton or Havelock.

http://www.smithsfarm.co.nz/

If you are wanting to stay in the sounds itself, I highly reccommend Te Mahia Bay Resort. It's in it's own private bay and can't be seen from the road. It's a 20 min water taxi ride from Picton, which is a lot quicker than driving, as the road is slow and windy. It's a piece of paradise.

It does have a small shop with a few basics, but again you would be best to take food with you. The Queen Charlotte track goes past it, on the other side of the road.

http://www.temahia.co.nz/index.html

Wherever you do decide to stay you'll need to book accommodation ASAP as you'll be here in peak season, and that area is very busy. A lot of places get booked up from year to year!

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For accommodation on the Queen Charlotte Track have a look at Lochmara Lodge. It sounds great for a family.You may be lucky enough to find accommodation there but you would need to book asap.

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