Kanuka Hill Lodge in Nelson New Zealand
Kanuka Hill Lodge Abel Tasman National Park Nelson New Zealand Lodgings Accommodations

Host: Jo Sherlaw

Bedrooms: 3

Address: The Anchorage, Abel Tasman National Park, PO Box 1349, Nelson, New Zealand

Telephone: +643 548 2863,
Mobile: 64-27-424052

Fax: + 64 3 548 2869

Activities/Attractions: The Abel Tasman National Park was created in 1942 and the park's story today is one of a recovering ecosystem, with the native coastal species growing back under the care of the Department of Conservation. Day Walks:

  • Cleopatra's Pool: (1 hr 30 min) Follow the walking track, or walk up the river at low tide to the footbridge over the Torrent River. Take a dip in the pool which has been carved by the river in a massive chunk of bedrock
  • Te Pukatea Bay: (15 min) One of the park's perfect crescent shaped beaches, sheltered from the breeze, and another great swimming spot. Continue with the loop track on to Pitt Head, the site of early Maori fortification, with great views north up the coastline of the park including Tonga Island
  • Watering Cove: (45 min) D'Urville came ashore here to replenish his water supply from the clear waters of the stream. Little has changed, with the shady trees along the shore a welcome contrast to the windswept ridge you will cross on your walk
  • Cascade Falls: (half day) Take a break from the sea, sun and sand to explore the interior of the park. The track follows the cool fresh waters of the Falls River, through the boulder path it has carved for itself with pools and smaller waterfalls to the six flights of the Cascade Falls


  • One day guided Sea Kayaking trips can be arranged
  • Take a boat trip up the coast to the Tonga Island Marine Reserve and swim with seals
  • Relax on the beach, enjoy the changing landscape as the tides ebb and flow, listen to the birdsong
  • Take a walk in the evening and visit the glow-worms in caves at the end of the beach
  • Sailing trips can be arranged
  • Dive Trips can be arranged

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Kanuka Hill Lodge Abel Tasman National Park Nelson New Zealand

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"Thanks for a wonderful stay. Both the house and location are stunning. Our vegan/vegetarian needs were superbly catered for. We only wish we'd booked in for longer. Maybe next time!"

"We had the pleasure to stay at your lodge from the 6th to the 9th of February. We again had a wonderful time, as we did last year. We are so sad to leave this gorgeous place but hope to be able to stay at your wonderful haven again."

"Kanuka was an absolute highlight of my friends' holiday in New Zealand. A beautiful house, an exquisite location, wonderful hospitality and delicious food. I hope to visit again next summer and will be putting you on my 'must do' list for any friends coming from overseas. Thanks for providing such a great treat to travellers. Please don't tell too many people about Kanuka!"

General Information: Welcome to Kanuka Hill Lodge in Nelson, New Zealand ... where Abel Tasman National Park is famed for its golden sands, leafy coastal walks and sweeping estuaries. It is also unique among National Parks for its tiny pockets of private land within the park.

Kanuka Hill Lodge is right in the heart of the Abel Tasman National Park. The park is not serviced by phone or electric power, but at Kanuka Hill Lodge we generate our own electricity, bring gas in for cooking and provide most of the comforts you're used to in the city.

  • three comfortable guest rooms
  • all with their own ensuites with showers
  • two king/twin rooms and one queen room
  • we also offer: Fresh flowers in all rooms, Library of NZ books and national magazines, maps and information on the Abel Tasman, spacious verandahs

There is no television and you may have to walk along the beach to get a cell phone signal. A holiday at Kanuka Hill Lodge gives you the opportunity to relax to the song of the native forest birds, to follow the sun on our sweeping verandahs and to snuggle down with a book from our library.

We never have more than 6 guests at Kanuka Hill and we're sure you will enjoy meeting other travellers drawn by the special atmosphere Kanuka Hill offers. Kanuka Hill Lodge perches on its own hillside vantage looking along the coastline at Anchorage, with access to the beach and a view out across the bay.

It is a holiday experience for those who like the peace and tranquility of the wilderness with a little privacy, a few touches of luxury, friendly service and fine food and wine.

Payment Accepted: Visa, MasterCard.

Rates: (Prices quoted in NZ Dollars)


Above rates include dinner, bed, breakfast and local taxes.

"A perfect but too short stay. Thanks to a wonderful location, your generous hospitality, lovely meals and good company!"

"Thanks for taking such good care of us during our stay at Kanuka. It's been the highlight of our vacation. We've enjoyed everything about it - location, food, sports, and most of all - friendly kiwi hospitality. Kanuka will be on the top of our list for a return trip. Thanks again for a memorable visit!"

"What a wonderful time we had over Christmas 2001 staying at Kanuka Lodge. It was all very relaxed and friendly, with a great atmosphere and fantastic food. Abel Tasman Park was definitely my favourite place throughout our trip, and this was enhanced by where we were staying."