Private Cottage Retreat with Riwaka River Access near Abel Tasman National Park, South Island

Riwaka, South Island (New Zealand)

Private Cottage Retreat with Riwaka River Access near Abel Tasman National Park, South Island

Nature Lodges
1 unit
2 guest capacity
Private Bathroom
No pets allowed
 Host photo
Hosted by Maree
  • Verified Host
  • New accommodation


  • Kid-friendly
  • Barbecue
This private cottage steeped in history is eight kilometers from the water taxi entry to the Abel Tasman National Park, South Island, and can accommodate up to two guests. Guests have their own bathroom with toilet, vanity, shower, and clothes tub. Linens and towels are kindly provided by the host.

The equipped kitchen comes with everything guests might need to feel at home during their stay, including a small refrigerator, cooking utensils, and dishware with full tea and toast facilities. Complimentary Wi-Fi is available.

Outside, guests will have their own private courtyard with breathtaking hill and countryside views and their own barbecue for that evening meal. There is no better spot to enjoy the surrounding landscape with a good book or glass of wine from one of the area's vineyards.


  • Electricity
  • Water
  • Wi-Fi/Internet
  • Linens and pillows
  • Parking
  • Bathroom
  • Shower
  • Toilet
  • Sink
  • Towels
  • Tea kettle
  • Toaster
  • Lounge/Living room
  • Dining room
  • Shared Barbecue
  • Deck/Patio
  • Outdoor furniture
  • Garden
  • Picnic area
Glampers will be able to immerse themselves in New Zealand's breathtaking natural beauty while still enjoying modern and convenient amenities. Guests will have tea and toast facilities, private bathrooms, and complimentary Wi-Fi during their stay. There is a laundry attached to two of the units with all units having their own BBQ and private area with spacious shared lawn. The host offers guided walking/kayak tours into the Abel Tasman National Park and loves to share their small piece of paradise with visitors.

Guest Services

  • Laundry service
This property is a member of the Nelson-Tasman Sustainable Tourism Charter and gives guests the opportunity to lessen their footprint by using recycling facilities and by supporting the composting system.

Personal guided walking/kayaking Packages are available and include breakfasts and lunches, as well as transport to Kaiteriteri or Marahau. Please inquire with the host for more information.

Location + Surroundings

Nearby local services
  • Supermarket
  • Museums
  • Shopping
  • Movie theater
This property near Motueka is a peaceful, country alternative to a city motel and is a popular accommodation for those visiting the beautiful Abel Tasman National Park and wishing to experience everything the area has to offer—including the beautiful golden beaches, lush native bush, kayaking, hiking, visiting the local boutique wineries and breweries, and more. Situated on a large section near the Riwaka Estuary, the property is not only handy to the bustling town of Motueka but is just a 15-minute drive from the beginning of the Abel Tasman Coastal Track. Set on a large section on a country road and surrounded by gardens and trees, it is a pleasure to return to after a day exploring the beautiful Abel Tasman region—a great base for hiking in the Kahurangi and Nelson Lakes National Parks, and for doing a day trip to artistic, quaint Golden Bay.


  • Swimming
  • Water sports
  • Horseback riding
  • Biking
  • Kayaking/Canoeing
  • Stand-up paddleboarding
  • Wine tasting
  • Wildlife watching
  • Tennis
  • Golfing

This is the ideal spot for glampers seeking to discover the stunning beauty of New Zealand's sprawling countryside. Guests will have easy direct access to the Tasman Great Taste Trail, which is a loop trail running from Nelson to Tapawera, then down the beautiful Motueka River Valley and on to Riwaka and Kaiteriteri. It then loops back to Nelson via Mapua and Rabbit Island. Along the way, glampers will discover vineyards and wine tasting, historical sites, quiet bush roads and coastal enclaves. Experienced hikers can even deviate from the trail to explore the diverse Kahurangi National Park and Mount Arthur. It is just a short bike ride to the pristine golden sands of Kaiteriteri Beach.

From there, the joys of the Abel Tasman are just a water taxi away. Walking packages are available and include breakfasts and lunches, as well as transport to Kaiteriteri or Marahau for water taxi start points into the Abel Tasman. There are plenty of other options for outdoor recreation in the area as well, including sea kayaking, day cruises, skydiving, and helicopter tours.

When glampers are ready for a break from the great outdoors they can head to the friendly neighboring town of Motueka, located just five minutes from the property. There, guests can learn about local history at the museum, indulge in the delicious local cuisine, and even dine in a converted church on Main Street. Motueka also has a thriving artistic community and there are numerous local art galleries and shops where guests can browse for a special souvenir. Guests can take a stroll along the scenic waterfront walkway or drive to the Riwaka Resurgence, where the river emerges from a marble cave.

Accommodation Rules

  • Check-in: 03:00 PM
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Infants allowed Under 2 years old
  • Children allowed 2-12 years old
  • No Pets allowed
  • No smoking
  • No parties
  • Some spaces are shared

Cancellation policy

24-hour free cancellation
Fifteen: Cancellation is free up to 24 hours after your booking is confirmed and at least 15 days before check-in.

Additional Information

There is a minimum two-night stay.

Pets are not permitted.

Smoking is only permitted outside on the deck.

A complimentary uplift from the outside property by water taxi shuttle each morning is included in the daily rate.

The Tasman Great Taste Trail goes past the property, and guests can rent bicycles in nearby Motueka. Additionally, there are tennis courts nearby, in addition to two daytime cafes and a boutique brewery within walking distance.

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