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“Fantastic Honeymoon”
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Reviewed July 10, 2012

We stayed there 3 days on our honeymoon and we couldn't think of a better place to have it. The 2 tubs beside the river were just amazing and what a way to end each day we were there. Fantastic. There is also a fabulous outside shower that is so invigorating and what a view! the cottage doesn't have any clock, or radio/tv which is great so you can simply soak in the end of the road solitude and enjoy your time there. Roland and Jenny took us and showed us their Station and we loved the high country scenery as well as the lush, green native bush and mountain scenery. Great hosts and what a place to stay. Loved it!

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 9, 2012

Cobb Quarters is a delightful historic cottage that has been restored with meticulous attention to detail and creative flair. Our stay was in winter so we loved the roaring open fire. The twin outdoor bath tubs are just fabulous! The cottage was well presented, clean, cosy and totally charming. We arrived feeling slightly strung out after a particularly hectic time and within our short stay left feeling completely rested and re-energised. The location is peaceful, beautiful and the high country station activities are interesting with incredible views and wonderful bush walks. We just loved our stay! For us it was a restful, romantic get away but could see it working well for a family too.

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 25, 2012

Completely normal, daily life for The Mapps, but really special for us: staying in the authentic cottage, take an outdoor shower in the morning with great view on the river and mountains, taking an outdoor bath underneath the stars, walking down the river, "climbing" our way through the woods, enjoy the evening at the lovely fireplace with a good glass of wine....all in total relaxation far, far, far away from all hustle and bustle. Thanks Jenny and Roland for sharing this beautifull place!

  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 29, 2012

We spent just 2 days at this beautiful place, but it was just one of the most beautiful places in whole New Zealand.. And I traveled both north- and southisland!
Its so perfect located, between the mountains right on the riverside..
We looooved the outdoor shower overlooking the river surrounded by trees which gives you the privacy you need for a shower.. the best shower I ve ever had!!
AND not to forget the outdoor bath at night right under the milkyway, surrounded by candles listening to the water of the river... the most romantic place ever.. although I was with my friend, we enjoyed bathing next to each other (in 2 outdoor bathtubes) a lot... :-D

Jenny also gave me permission to just take her horse for a ride in the mountains, although she wasnt even there, thank you for the trust Jenny, your horse is lovely and it was a great ride throgh the mountains... :-)

We had a beautiful dinner, cooked on the BBQ outside, next to the fireplace... very cosy and every detail in the cottage just makes it the perfect place to enjoy your holiday...

I think its a place for everybody.. couples, families with their children (a lot of animals, swimming in the river, mountain trips, etc.), friends and even alone if you need some time to relax from the stressfull everyday life....

So a big THANK for your great hospitality and just for the love you put into this lovely place..
We had the time of our lifes.. :-)

Maria & Kimberley

  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed July 17, 2011

Staying with the Mapp's at Spray Point, Off the Mapp is something that I think everyone should do at least once. (If not many times!)

I had been living over in New Zealand from the UK, and when my mother came to visit, we were lucky enough to stay at Spray Point. Not only are the Mapp's the most welcoming family, (who are happy to take you riding, exploring, fishing, walking and really bend over backwards to make sure you have a happy time), but you get a chance to rest, recuperate and be part of the out doors. Perfect for couples, families and friends with a sense of adventure or who just need an escape.

Off the Mapp is a part of the real New Zealand, and gives guests a wonderful insight to a side of New Zealand, that is so often missed by staying in larger hotels and towns. Well worth the extra distance.

Spray Point is situated in the most idyllic location, close to the Marlborough vineyards, and coast, but far enough away to feel completely secluded. The cottage is charming, not to mention the two outdoor baths- a perfect place to chat with a glass of Marlborough Sav in hand and watch the stars.

I know of all the places I have travelled to during my 2 year stay in New Zealand, Spray Point at Off the Mapp will remain as one of my most unforgettable, fun, refreshing and really fantastic places I was lucky enough to experience. I will openly admit I already long to go back!

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  • Stayed: April 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 12, 2011

We extended a business trip to Christchurch to spend a weekend at Spray Point Station with Roland and Jenny and their wonderful children and amazing diversity of livestock. This is really the ultimate New Zealand back-country experience - comfortable but rustic accomodation, spectacular landscapes and wildlife, endless opportunities to walk in native forests and the unique experience of taking a very hot bath next to the river whilst the snow was falling. Next time we will stay for much longer and make use of the back country huts - which are perfect for an absolute retreat.

  • Stayed: May 2011, traveled on business
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Reviewed June 7, 2011

Stayed here for 2 nights in May 2011, with my extended family. We had had a long drive to reach Spray Point Station, and arrived only after dark at around 9pm. Even though it was late, Jenny and her 2 children Ben and Sarah welcomed us warmly and showed us around the cottage pointing out how everything worked.

As city dwellers we didn't know what to expect, it was the first time we had been away from TV, phones and room service...but we were pleasantly surprised! My 19 mth old toddler was so excited about the bunk beds and the real fireplace, and I loved the outdoor shower (with hot water, thankfully!) nestled against the hillside overlooking the Waipaho river. It had rained that day and the river was full force, a sight to behold.

Fridge was fully stocked with breakfast items and Jenny came over the next morning with bread and an offer to tour the environs. We jumped at the chance to hop on to the back of her 4WD, sat ourself next to the (sheep) dog and on a bale of hay for a lovely tour around Spray Point station. We even got to collect mushrooms along the way, and cooked 'em up that night for dinner.

It is no luxury lodge by any means, but there has been a lot of investment in the cottage as well as the surrounding areas, so it feels like you are in your own summer country home. Just a few points for improvement: The floor and sheets could have done with a quick sweep/dusting before we came,and the outdoor bath tubs maybe need a new coat of paint.. but maybe that was just part of the package :)

Will definitely stay again, this time for longer!

  • Stayed: May 2011, traveled with family
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Jenny M, Owner at Off The Mapp, responded to this reviewResponded October 10, 2015

Thanks for your review, just a quick note to let guests know we now use a commercial linen provider to assure consistent quality in all but our Boundary Creek Cabin which has merino sleeping liners.

Also, being in a truly rural wilderness environment, we have to deal with the likes of gravel roads and oncoming winds from the river and pollen from trees which makes it almost impossible to maintain the dust free levels of city accommodation. Likewise, the enamel surface of baths is unable to be painted and is subject to deterioration with prolonged exposed to sunlight but we generally find the enjoyment of bathing under the stars pales this to insignificance for most guests.

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Additional Information about Off The Mapp

Address: 4540 Waihopai Valley Road | Waihopai Valley, Blenheim 7276, New Zealand (Formerly Spray Point Station)
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Marlborough Region > Blenheim
Amenities:
Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 23 Specialty Lodging in Blenheim
Price Range: $169 - $183 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Off The Mapp 3.5*
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Discover a hidden conservation wilderness, a high country playground, an historic station, an exceptional retreat. Host Jenny Mapp invites you to step 'Off the Mapp' and follow in the footsteps of the old musterers from a bygone era on the banks of the River Spray in the Waihopai Valley in Marlborough, New Zealand. Enjoy the historic high country merino station, stay in our lovingly restored Cob Quarters, full of mementos from the past, explore the station from our Kiwi bush retreat, Boundary Creek or relax in the comfort of The Cottage. Hike on the tracks, swim in the crystal clear Spray and Waihopai rivers, explore our conservation wilderness, help with our predator control programme, go bird watching, hunting or fishing... you'll discover peace, privacy, adventure and rugged natural beauty all year round. ... more   less 
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