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Motueka Top 10 Holiday Park
Busy it may be, but this park retains plenty of grassy, green charm...
Palazzo Motor Lodge
Hosts with the most offer a cheerful welcome at this popular, modern, Italian-tinged motor lodge. The stylish studios and one- and two-room apartments feature enviable kitchens with decent cooking equipment, classy wineglasses and a dishwasher...
Equestrian Lodge Motel
No horses, no lodge, but no matter. This is a lovely option: quiet and close to town (off Tudor St), with expansive lawns, rose gardens and shady corners. Family-friendly amenities include trampolines and a heated pool and spa...
Avalon Manor Motel
Prominent L-shaped motel five minutes' walk from the centre of town. Spacious four-star rooms have a contemporary vibe, with cooking facilities, Sky TV and free DVDs. Sumptuous studios have king-size beds and large flat-screen TVs...
Golden Bay Motel
It’s golden, all right: check out the paint job. Clean, spacious, self-contained units with decent older-style fixtures and decent older-style hosts. The rear patios overlook a lush green lawn with a playground.
It sounds like a regal beach fantasy, but it’s actually a cluster of bird-bombarded, eco-friendly chalets with a wood-fired sauna, outdoor spa pool, and an emphasis on family frivolities. Look for the sign 600m past the Penguin Café & Bar...
Nelson City Holiday Park
The closest option to town: convenient, well-maintained, clean, but cramped (although the motel units are pretty good). Limited campsites by the creek out back.
Tasman Bay Backpackers
Typical of Nelson’s breed of quality backpackers, this well-designed hostel has airy communal spaces, hyper-coloured rooms, a sunny outdoor deck and a well-used hammock...
Accents On The Park
This perfectly positioned hostel has a hotel feel with its professional staff, balconies, groovy cafe-bar (meals around $15), movie nights with free popcorn, free daily bread and wi-fi, soundproofed rooms, quality linen, fresh bathrooms and bikes for ...
Club Med for the impoverished, Paradiso is a sprawling place that lures a backpacker-body-beautiful crowd to its poolside terrace. There are two kitchens, hammocks, volleyball court, spa and sauna. Bikes for hire ($15 per day).
Nelson Beach Hostel
Chilled-out place close to Tahunanui Beach, 4km from town. Free bikes are available, plus there’s a pub across the road.
Abel Tasman National Park
Architecturally chaotic, this rustic place surrounded by eucalypts offers no-frills micro-cabins, and bunks and attic doubles in the main house...
Abel Tasman National Park
Modern, purpose-built lodge with small, simple rooms – dorms and en-suite doubles. A nautical navy-and-white colour scheme has been splashed throughout, and there are tidy communal facilities including a barbecue area, as well as bike hire...
The Bug Backpackers
A fresh, excellent hostel about 15 minutes’ walk from town, occupying a converted villa and a modern building next door. The Bug emits joie de vivre, with an unashamedly bold colour scheme and a swarm of cutesy VW Beetle paraphernalia...
Delorenzo Studio Apartments
Delorenzo Studio Apartments offers a heated outdoor pool, free on-site parking and free Wi-Fi access. Studios come with a kitchenette, laundry facilities and a private bathroom with a spa bath...
Trailways Hotel Nelson
Trailways Hotel Nelson is located on the banks of Maitai River, in the centre of Nelson. It features a restaurant, a heated outdoor pool and free Wi-Fi access. Free on-site parking is provided...
Chelsea Park Motor Lodge
Chelsea Park Motor Lodge offers luxuriously appointed rooms with free Wi-Fi, just 5 minutes' walk from the centre of Nelson. All rooms have a kitchenette and a flat-screen TV with 50 satellite channels...
Located in the centre of Nelson, Palms Motel offers self-contained apartments with full kitchen facilities. It also has an outdoor swimming pool. Guests enjoy 1 hour of free Wi-Fi per stay...
Aloha Lodge Beachside Accommodation
Offering free Wi-Fi and free continental breakfast, Aloha Lodge is just 2 minutes’ walk from Tahuna Beach. You can enjoy a meal in the BBQ area, or relax in the gardens...
Century Park Motor Lodge
Century Park Motor Lodge offers self-catering accommodation with free Wi-Fi internet and flat-screen TVs, 600 metres from Nelson’s Cathedral steps. It features a free DVD library and free bicycle rental...
Amber Court Motor Lodge
Just 5 minutes' drive from Tahunanui Beach and Nelson Airport, Amber Court Motor Lodge offers ground floor accommodation offering a 32-inch flat-screen TV with satellite channels...
Arcadia Motel is situated just 3 minutes’ walk from Tahunanui Beach. It has a solar-heated swimming pool and rooms with well-equipped kitchens. Wi-Fi access and daily newspapers are free...