Make yourself at home at the gorgeous Te Koi – The Lodge at Bronte, a small boutique hotel clutching the banks of the Waimea Estuary near Nelson and Abel Tasman National Park.
Like staying at a friend’s luxury holiday home, Te Koi – The Lodge at Bronte offers that desirable mix of welcoming comforts and outright exclusivity.
Pretty, flower-filled gardens unfold towards the Waimea Estuary, a spellbinding sight to behold from your private suite, villa or residence.
Then, indoors the interiors are festooned with pieces from the owners’ private art collection, set against a warm colour palette and quality, country-chic furnishings.
In fact, the owners Ali and Ian Metcalfe have poured their passion and expertise into every inch of Te Koi, combining their experiences of hotel and restaurant management of over 30 years.
Should you wish to dine at Te Koi, it’ll actually be Ali that whips up your three-course dinner; accompanied by wines handpicked by her sommelier husband, Ian.
Breakfast is included as part of your stay, though you can also self-cater or explore the many wining and dining options all around the hotel. You might wish to discover Nelson, Abel Tasman National Park and Richmond by helicopter or private boat while here, or simply stay to enjoy the hotel itself, playing tennis or taking a dip in the heated outdoor pool.
Whatever you need or want, the Metcalfe’s and their team at Te Koi will make it happen.
1/12 - Exterior of Te Koi – The Lodge at Bronte, Abel Tasman National Park
2/12 - Pool View at Te Koi – The Lodge at Bronte, Abel Tasman National Park
3/12 - Villa at Te Koi – The Lodge at Bronte, Abel Tasman National Park
4/12 - Villa at Te Koi – The Lodge at Bronte, Abel Tasman National Park
5/12 - Villa Bathroom at Te Koi – The Lodge at Bronte, Abel Tasman National Park
6/12 - Balcony View at Te Koi – The Lodge at Bronte, Abel Tasman National Park
7/12 - Residence at Te Koi – The Lodge at Bronte, Abel Tasman National Park
8/12 - Dinner View at Te Koi – The Lodge at Bronte, Abel Tasman National Park
9/12 - Residence at Te Koi – The Lodge at Bronte, Abel Tasman National Park
10/12 - Bathroom at Te Koi – The Lodge at Bronte, Abel Tasman National Park
11/12 - Balcony View at Te Koi – The Lodge at Bronte, Abel Tasman National Park
12/12 - Villa View at Te Koi – The Lodge at Bronte, Abel Tasman National Park
There’s just a handful of suites and villas at Te Koi, all boasting charming views of the Waimea Estuary and lush gardens, best enjoyed while luxuriating out on your private terrace with a glass of wine in-hand. Each sumptuous guestroom has been decorated with art from the owners’ private collection and appointed to the highest standards, with mod-cons like air-conditioning, stocked minibars and flat-screen TVs featuring alongside cloud-like super-king-size beds, and stylish lounge areas.
Dining at Te Koi – The Lodge at Bronte
Although not exactly a restaurant, you can take the opportunity to dine at Te Koi Lodge by requesting a three-course meal – lovingly prepared by none other than owner Ali herself. The experience begins with aperitifs and canapés presented to you on the terrace, accompanied by wines handpicked by sommelier (and co-owner) Ian. Afterwards, take a seat at your table and indulge in various gourmet delicacies that make use of homegrown ingredients and local, seasonal fare. In addition, breakfast is also provided by your hosts; best savoured on the outdoor deck on sunny mornings.
Activities and Entertainment
Te Koi – The Lodge at Bronte revels in its location on New Zealand’s South Island – close to Nelson, Abel Tasman, and the many wineries found in the ‘Top of the South’, so you won’t be short of unforgettable things to do here. Journey by private boat, helicopter or luxury car to your destination of choice: whether that’s a tour of film locations for Lord of the Rings; a picnic on the sands of Abel Tasman; or the exquisite wineries nearby. You can also request a yoga session or massage, a bespoke food and wine outing, or cycling tour around Nelson and beyond.
This exclusive boutique hotel comes complete with an outdoor, heated swimming pool, featuring a shaded area for when you want to stay out of the sun and oversized beanbags too. There’s then a tennis court, two helipads and a dedicated concierge service to ensure you get the most out of your stay.
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