My wife and I stayed at Split Apple lodge for 2 nights in early April. We had driven in from Blenheim and arrived fairly late in the day as dusk approached.
We were met at the front door by our hosts - who were super-friendly and helped us carry our bags into our room, and told us we were probably a bit late for dinner in Kaiteriteri. They offered to call some restaurants for us to see if they would cater for us at the late hour, but it wasn't required. Great service though.
Our room was lovely - high ceilings, comfortable bed, a portion of decking outside (great views of the sunrise the following morning) and a pleasant if unspectacular bathroom. All in all pretty comfortable. I would agree with one reviewer here that there isnt much space to hang clothes (just a small rail) - but this sufficed for us, so wasn't an issue. It wasn't the biggest room we stayed in, but then again, it wasn't the smallest either. It felt roomy enough for our purposes.
The Lodge itself has a very new and clean feel to it. There is a very large communal area with a wood burning stove, large plasma TV and a DVD collection and an enormous kitchen which I believe you are free to use for your own purposes. I don't think there is much lacking for the price you pay. There is also an enormous terrace out the front of the lodge which we could only imagine would be perfect to chill out on in warmer weather!
The location is a bit strange - as in it is labelled as Kaiteriteri, but it is a significant hair-pin-laden drive up from Kaiteri to the lodge - probably a good 15 minute drive (and of course, this means driving to dinner in the evenings - no wine!). Having said that, you are truly secluded up on top of the hill so it is extraordinarily peaceful and the views of both sunrise and sunset as well as the star-spangled sky are stunning.
I think what sets this B+B apart for me is the service from the hosts. In depth discussions on local restaurants, free nibbles as we drank a few glasses of wine watching the sun go down on the second evening, free advice about the best bits of the Abel Tasman park - all in all I thought the service was truly outstanding and worthy of any 4* or 5* hotel.
Let's be clear about this - this is an extremely well run, immaculate Lodge in true wilderness and tranquility and even if the location is a little out of the way, it certainly ranks up there with the best places we stayed in NZ South Island.
We would most definitely return.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to Split Apple Lodge, nestled amongst five acres of tranquil bush just ten minutes drive from either beautiful Kaiteriteri Beach or the splendour of Abel Tasman National Park. Enjoy the breathtaking views over the Tasman Bay right up to the night lights of Nelson, walk through the park setting gardens and enjoy the retreat. Split Apple Lodge offers boutique and unique accomodation for New Zealand travellers who expect the most on their precious journey. At 100 metres above sea level we have breathtaking views from every window. Emphasis is placed on tranquillity, and we invite you to walk around the property, enjoy the park-like setting with breathtaking views, step back to a mediation area or simply relax on the extensive deck with a glass of wine and some local cheese. To ensure the comfort of our guests there is a separate guest entrance, lounge, dining area and private decks. Guests enjoy a separate lounge and dining area with tea and coffee facilities. FREE WIFI and fax. Guest TV, CD, and DVD Player. Large guest deck with separate seating areas. 6 bedrooms (double, twin) including one disabled room, our lodge can accommodate 12 guests in total. All our rooms have en suites and spectacular views of either the sea or the mountains. Sea view rooms also have doors opening onto semi-private decks. All rooms have en suite bathrooms and either sea- or mountain views. The sea view rooms come with a private balcony. Goose down duvets and duck down & feather pillows ensure a good night's sleep. All rooms have ceiling fans, hair dryers, heaters, electric blankets and clock radios. We serve a continental breakfast including a choice of cereals, freshly baked croissants and fresh local fruit in season. We do cater for all dietary needs on request - we bake our own (gluten free) bread and serve homemade marmelade. For dinner, there are restaurants and takeaways in either Kaiteriteri or Marahau, plus a small general store in Kaiteriteri. In shoulder seasons & winter we're happy to cater dinner (please enquire). Enjoy a glass of wine while relaxing on the spacious deck, watching the sunset. Or when it's colder, snuggle up next to a warm fire in the guest lounge. EVENTS At Split Apple Lodge you will meet an experienced team to accomodate all your requests. Individual weddings, family gatherings, customized functions and events, seminars, corporate events, business venue options and themed group accommodation such as sporting, mindfulness or leisure. Full catering available on request. Nelson Airport & Motueka Shuttle available on request. Fully organized vacation including all touristic attractions can be booked in advanced and scheduled to your convenience. Whatever you need - please talk to the team at Split Apple Lodge and we will find a way to make you happy. ... more less
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