I found Te Puna Wai in a small B&B guide of New Zealand gems. It sounded beautiful in the book, but still I reserved the rooms knowing that the B&B experience is always a bit of an adventure and a gamble. We we knew right away that we hit the jackpot with Te Puna Wai - one night turned into two, and had we not been on a schedule, it may have been more! My priorities are usually the views and comfort of the rooms, but in this case the most outstanding aspect of our visit was our hosts, Richard and James. Right away they made us feel like family - not in your face, but welcoming and happy to have us there. We (my husband and 21 year old son) had the top floor with a jaw dropping view of the sea and a bathroom and bedding at the quality level of a five star hotel. Our breakfasts were delicious and elegant. We were treated like royalty but also like best friends. We had engaging conversations and got lots of good traveling advice. Usually I like to keep finds like this a secret, but Richard and James and the wonderful suites they have created are so awesome they deserve recognition!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A beautiful, historic (1857) home - in Nelson's premier location - with a magical view encompassing the harbour entrance and Tasman Bay. In the west 2 mountain ranges contribute to dramatic sunsets. Three elegant rooms: Haulashore Apartment has a designer kitchen (with laundry appliances), veranda & terrace; adjacent Wakatu Room (doesn't get a direct view but often paired with Haulashore); top-floor Fifeshire Suite with unparalleled view. All have luxurious marble-tiled bathrooms. WIFI is complimentary. Relaxed, affable hosts. Four minutes to town or 4 the other way to the city beach (Tahunanui). Richard speaks German, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Danish. Te Puna Wai's guests are helping keep a special part of NZ early architecture alive & humming. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Te Puna Wai Hotel Nelson