Staying at Bellbird Lodge was my "splurge" on my 3 week trip to NZ. It exceeded every expectation I had and was a great value for what I received in return. Wonderful location with breathtaking views, Bellbird Lodge and its hosts, Anthea and Brian, made me feel welcome from the moment I arrived. No detail is too small for them, from the amazing breakfasts, to the midday snacks and evening wine and canapés, I ate like a queen during my stay. Each evening I was greeted with a homemade chocolate on my pillow in my bedroom with luxurious linens, a lovely modern bathroom, and a refrigerator along with fruit, coffee and teas. The grounds are beautiful, with lots of birds to sing to you while you eat out on the patio or rest in your own private outdoor space. Brian and Anthea were gracious hosts and we had great conversation over a glass or two of wine. They provided me with great ideas of places to stop on my way to Christchurch and recommended wonderful local spots to check out (Riwaka Resurgence, Hawke's Lookout). Finally, they made extra effort to accommodate my special dietary needs (gluten free) and Anthea baked me fantastic cakes and cookies during my stay. That added touch was just the icing on the cake (so to speak). When I go back to NZ in the future I will make a point to return here and recommend it to anyone I know traveling to the Abel Tasman region.
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