Actually it was just luck that we found out about this place in Nelson Area. We met Brent in another place on the West Coast. He invited us to come to his „secret“ place :) 'Cause we were looking for work in Nelson – And this was the best thing could happened to us!
We arrived in Wakefield at the end of february – and we stayed there till mid may.
You know why? Because it was indescribable beautifull!
Brent, the hostel manager is young and full of energy :P He travelled aswell in South Amarica, Europe and many other places in the world. So he knows what a backpacker want & need!
He's cooking every morning AMAZING self-made pancakes for all guests.
And on some evenings he served his special home-made burgers for everyone.
The property is very, very unique! Its 25k from Nelson City, in Wakefield. The house is sitting on a hill and the view is awesome and alomst unreal! Every morning we woke up with the sunrise. And we can tell you: You have never seen this before! At some mornings the fog was hanging in the trees and you are thinking „That must be heaven!“
On the other side of the house you can walk up a little hill and watch the sunset. The property is very wide so you can do little walkes their. And just relax with a beer and see a very clear star-sky and the city light from Nelson. Anyway there is a lot of space. You will have a lot of fun on the property.
In the garden is a big trampoline, a slackline, a bonfire-place and a BBQ. There is also a vege-garden with parsley, courgette, pumpkin, herbs and much more! If you are lucky you will find some lemons on the lemon-tree. – just help yourself ! Its all for the guests! And everything organic.
There are chickens also – so you can buy really good free-range eggs.
Anyway there are a lot of animals! Cows, goats, a „wild“ cat, ducks and a sheep-dog from the neighbor. And the best animal is striky the pig : )
If you don't have a car just grab a push bike and drive 5 minutes to the supermarket in town.
Anyway: Its not a problem if you don't have a car! Its no barrier! There are busses to Wakefield and Brent or Trevor will pick you up in town.
The house is just incredble wonderfull! The living room is very comfy – there is a fire place and the couches are very cosy. The kitchen is fully equipet and always clean! The dinning table is made by Brent and there is enough space for all the guests. So its very easy to meet people. You will feel in a short time like at home – but better!
The sleeping-rooms are wow! No bunks. And some beds are made by Brent as well. And we loved it! Everywhere is so much space for all your stuff! The showers are always hot and everything is very clean.
Trevor, thank you so much for letting us in your home & showing us the place where you grew up :) And taking us on a huntig adventure. It was a fabulous night! Thanks for all the laughs and all your jokes :-D
And last but not least: Brent! Thank you sooo sooo much! We can't put it all in words. But here are some examples: Brent took us and some other guest on a day-trip to a beeeautifull gorge! He showed us around Wakefield and we spend an fantastic sunny day on the water. At another day, Brent drove us to the ocean and gave us Kayaks we can use! We could explore some little islands around Nelson and Richmond. On a weekend we planed with more people from the hostel to go to Takaka & the Pupu Spring– and Brent took us to a cool concert in the Mussel Inn. If you want to know what to do in Nelson + around he will give you the best advises! He knows this place and is always happy to help travellers with some insider tipps.
Brent, you are just an awesome person! We can't discribe HOW happy we are that we met you! We want to say „thank you“ for all the days, for all the trips, for all your love and all what you are! Please never give up – we know your dreams will come true. You deserve it so much! And we hope to see you very, very soon again : ) There will be always a bed in Germany for you.
Love + hugs
Philip & Ronja
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We have a fantastic location with beautiful panoramic views across the valley through to Nelson and out to sea. We offer private and dorm rooms as well as space for camper vans and tents to stay. We are animal friendly and have self service in the kitchen all through the day and a great breakfast to offer with fresh pancakes. ... more less