The Motueka River Lodge is situated in the pivotal point of the Nelson rural region which is renowned for being “the jewel in the crown” of New Zealand, for its pristine National park, eclectic mix of Artists & Musicians and boasts the country's highest sunshine hours.
The Nelson region has long boasted the countries best vineyards, trout fish in one of New Zealand's most famous rivers The Motueka River…and it runs through our property! But why stop there? Walk, kayak or Aqua Taxi the Able Tasman National Park. Enjoy the pristine Native Forest, view the Seal's and maybe even hear the song of the distant Kiwi Bird. These are just some of the Activities the Nelson region has to offer and here at the lodge we can help find the perfect outing for you.
At the crossroads of indulgent luxury and unspoiled wilderness lies The Motueka River Lodge.
This understated Boutique Luxury Lodge is situated amongst some of the most breath-taking countryside in New Zealand.
Our philosophy is 'redefining relaxation', and this is reflected in fine fabrics and beautiful finishes that add texture and luxury throughout. You'll sleep on the finest sheets amidst a landscape of impeccable rustic elegance.
On entering the Motueka River Lodge you will find nothing has been left to chance. This retreat exudes country charm. Sunlit verandas lead onto charming flower laden gardens, with a large luxurious lounge and huge open fire place, a spacious country kitchen offer guest's relaxation in both style and comfort. You'll sleep on the finest sheets amidst a landscape of impeccable country elegance.
The Lodge accommodates a maximum of 12 guests and a separate self-contained 3 bedroom cottage can accommodate an extra 4 guests. Within the main lodge there are 2 Deluxe Suites and 3 Suites.
Home to first-class adventure or if you prefer focus on undisturbed relaxation & rejuvenation. Cast a fly in sparkling waters or let your eye wonder over dramatic mountain vistas while our culinary team create simply elegant meals to seduce your taste buds. With this and a professional friendly team of staff, you stay in our beautiful part of New Zealand will be an experience to remember.
Dream under an endless sky at the Motueka River Lodge.
Helping our Environment
Here at the Motueka River lodge we feel it is our duty as a business to take responsibility for the potential harm that could be caused by our industry
Things we do to lessen our impact on our beautiful country:
Food – all food used in our kitchen is either grown in our own garden or purchased from local growers/farmers who have the same ethos as us. We feel buying local helps to cut down on transport, benefiting both the environment and our guests. Our food tastes better – due to it being grown in an environmentally positive way – ie: no chemical and pesticides. And also it is fresher as it has not had to travel to many miles.
We are currently planting an organic orchard to further supply our busy kitchen.
Beverage – our cellar boasts a large selection of wine. Predominantly NZ wines to cut down on carbon from transport. We also showcase a number of organically grown wines.
Heating – Our current heating is by fire, and electricity. The fires are powered by sustainable wood harvested from our wood lot, which is continually being replanted to ensure we do not have to rely on un-renewable resources.
Lighting – all lighting in the lodge has been recently upgraded to energy saving light bulbs. We also have locally made “flax oil” candles in all rooms. These are made for another of New Zealand renewable resources.
Waste: All biodegradable food waste is collected and mixed with lawn cuttings, garden waste and shredded office waste to generate beautiful healthy compost for returning to the garden. Helping us to create a nutrient rich environment for our vegetables to grow.
All packaging waste is separated into recyclable categories and is delivered monthly to be recycled.
Cleaning products: as we all know chemicals are extremely toxic and have huge negative effects on our water ways not to mention ourselves. We are proud to use the “ECO STORE” brand in all our housekeeping needs. These products proudly boast that they are chemical free, New Zealand Made and created out of 100% plant materials.
Water: New Zealand is a predominantly “green country” we want to help keep it that way. Our guests are encouraged to re-hang towels they don’t want washed immediately. We also air dry all our washing to give freshness that is removed when dryers are used.
Staff are trained in turning off taps when they are not in use and garden watering is kept to a minimum with bark and moisture holding organics used to prevent moisture from escaping.
Flora & Forna Project Protection: We have recently started a project to protect & preserve the Native Forest on our property. The intention is to create a pest-free environment with healthy growth in both bird life and native seedlings. Ideally this will be a sanctuary for both nature and our nature loving guests to enjoy.
The first part of our project (commencing in July) is the counting of birds and other wildlife within our boundary.
Following in October with trapping for rodents – possum, feral cats and stoats.
Counting of the birds will be closely monitored as will the number of pests trapped. Should you wish to join in our crusade you may help by bird counting, or even purchasing a trap!
Details / Other Expenses
|Year of Last Renovation:
||All Rooms Have Interior Hallways
|Non Smoking Rooms:
||Windows Do Open
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||Open as required
Policies / Expenses
Due to our intimate size, any cancellation affects us significantly. Consequently, we adhere to a strict cancellation policy. If the booking is cancelled within 60 days prior to arrival, 50% of the total accommodation amount will be charged. If the boo
|GST: Goods and Services Tax:
||15.00 GST %
Amenities / Features
Yes! Pets are allowed.
Pets Allowed on request
Airport & Shuttle Information
Self Drive: Head northeast on Trent Drive toward Rapid Pl. At the roundabout take the 2nd exit toward Quarantine Road. At the roundabout take the 2nd exit onto State Highway 6 heading to Richmond/Westport. Continue to follow SH6 for 8.7kms. At the roundabout take the 3rd exit onto Appleby Highway SH60 and continue to follow SH60 for 30kms. Go through 1 roundabout and turn left onto King Edward Street. Drive for 1.3km and continue onto College Street for 2.8km. Continue onto Motueka Valley Highway for 11.6kms - Motueka River Lodge will be on your left.
Local Shuttle Info: Available. Price on request
Airport Shuttle? Yes!
There is an airport shuttle.
Wake up to the aroma of freshly baked croissants and muffins, wafting from the sun filled kitchen. Homemade jams and preserves are laid on the verandah tables and freshly squeezed juices, homemade muesli and granola’s line the breakfast room. If a cooked breakfast appeals then expect a savoury feast par excellence.
. The emphasis is on healthily, uncomplicated and above all fantastic tasting cuisine. Our Chef is influenced by the beauty and simplicity that makes our New Zealand cuisine so unique.