Historic Oceanfront Cottage Rental for a Romantic Getaway in French Pass, South IslandFrench Pass, South Island (New Zealand)
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· Kid-friendly · Private Barbecue
This historic oceanfront cottage rental is located in French Pass, South Island, where it was originally the village's post office. Since then, it has been renovated to bring its comforts into the present while retaining its connection to its past. Accommodating two guests and featuring panoramic views of Elmslie Bay, it provides an ideal setting for a romantic getaway full of beachside relaxation, outdoor recreation, and reconnection to nature in the wildlife-filled waters and forests of the Marlborough Sounds.
The interior of the cottage consists of one studio-style bedroom, a separate kitchen, and a full bathroom. The bedroom is furnished with a queen-size bed and a pair of recliners facing a window through which guests can see the ocean and watch for dolphins. In the bathroom, guests will find a toilet, a sink, and a walk-in glass shower. Linens, towels, toiletries, and a hairdryer are provided.
The kitchen comes with a stove, a microwave, a refrigerator, a toaster, and equipment for making tea and coffee, along with a table for two. Other amenities include Wi-Fi, heating, an electric blanket, and a television. Outside, guests will find a small deck with views of the sea, which is just a short walk away. Guests will also enjoy access to a shared patio with a barbecue area. Read More
- Private Lounge/Living room
- Running water
- Safe box
- Queen-size bed
- Outdoor furniture
- Private Barbecue
Inside the accommodation, guests will enjoy amenities such as Wi-Fi, heating, and a television. Outside, they will find a private deck and a shared patio with a barbecue area.Read More
- Front desk service
Breakfast and dinner can be provided by the host. Cooked by the host herself, the meals feature fresh ingredients from her organic garden and can be served either in the villa or on the patio. If guests go fishing, the host can also cook their catch for them.
The host can arrange fishing charters and scenic wildlife tours. Guests should contact the host in advance if interested.
Guests can enjoy an infrared sauna with advance booking through the host. Read More
Location + Surroundings
This accommodation is located in the seaport village of French Pass in the scenic Marlborough Sounds of New Zealand's South Island. Surrounded by native bush, the accommodation provides guests with views of the village's beach and the ocean lapping into Elmslie Bay, where guests can see dolphins, sting rays, and seabird—including king shags, which are among the rarest seabirds in the world and can only be found in the outer Marlborough Sounds.
To the northwest lies the narrow straight of French Pass (also known as Te Aumiti), which separates the mainland of South Island from the sparsely populated d'Urville Island. The forests and shores of the latter provide habitats for a variety of native birds, including tuis, bellbirds, bush robins, wekas, kakas, and blue penguins. The island is also home to Catherine Cove, which contains spectacular waterfalls surrounded by native trees and ferns that are illuminated by glow worms at night.
One of the virtues of the accommodation's location is that the drive to reach it is an attraction in itself. From Rai Valley, the 1.5-hour route takes guests past bucolic farmland, native bush, stunning seascapes, and views of Admiralty Bay, the Outer Pelorus Sounds, and Croisilles Harbour. The accommodation is about two hours from Nelson, where the nearest major airport is located. Read More
- Bird watching
- Feeding animals
- Water sports
- Stand-up paddleboarding
There are a variety of trails and areas where guests can go hiking and biking around French Pass and d'Urville Island, such as the French Pass Reserve, the d'Urville Island Loop, and Elaine Bay, where guests will find the Piwakawaka Track and the Archer Track. At the reserve, guests can keep an eye out for blue penguins, king shags, and dolphins, while the four-to-five-hour loop trail takes guests past two waterfalls and ends at the Wilderness Cafe, making it an excellent day trip opportunity.
To explore the coastal waters of French Pass and the Marlborough Sounds, guests can go kayaking, or they can take a scenic wildlife tour or fishing trip with a local boat operator with whom the host can make arrangements for guests. Depending on their luck, guests may see bottlenose dolphins, dusky dolphins, orcas, and whales during their tour.
Last but certainly not least, guests can go swimming at the village of French Pass's safe swimming beach, which is just a short walk away from the accommodation.
- Check-in: 02:00 p.m.
- Check-out: 10:00 a.m.
- Infants allowed Under 2 years old
- Children allowed 2-12 years old
- No smoking
- No parties
- You will receive a 50% refund when you cancel at least 15 days prior to check-in.
Check-in is between 2:00 PM and 10:00 PM
Smoking and pets are not permitted.