We stayed at Spray Point Station in summer and fell in love with place. Cobb Cottage, the main accommodation close to the station has an authentic historical charm but doesn’t lack in modern comfort. We spent our days exploring the mountains and the hidden southern beech forests in the valleys – wilderness all to ourselves. Our lovely hosts, Jen and Roland, were very obliging and saved us some walking by driving us up the mountain (they have a marked 3-day walk through the mountains for the energetic hikers but we preferred picnic style trips). We also went horse riding, mountain biking, picked wild strawberries (delicious!), and swam in the river by the cottage. However, without the electronic distractions of modern life, we had plenty of time to relax and soak up the serenity of the mountains. Perfect for this were the outdoor hot baths, perched on a cliff above the river – very romantic. The outdoor shower (hot water) is also above the river, great for warming up after an invigorating swim in the river. We are planning our return trip soon and are looking forward to staying at their other accommodation (the cabin), and seeing the next stage of their wilderness walk through the mountains.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Off The Mapp Blenheim, Marlborough, New Zealand