Fodor's Expert Review Matahua Cottages
Apple Valley Rd. E, Mapua, Tasman, 7173, New Zealand
Two self-contained cottages on the shoreline of the Waimea Estuary began life as apple pickers' cottages and have been refurbished in a pleasing rustic style. Separated by high plantings for privacy, each has a full kitchen, ample decks, and a wood fire, and a breakfast hamper is provided. Karaka has an outdoor bath on a private deck overlooking the estuary. The property represents excellent value for its stunning location, where you can wander the foreshore and do some bird-watching, if you wish. (Your hosts, Elspeth and Kim, help with habitat restoration on the foreshore.) Or take a walk over the 5-acre organic farm and vineyard. A studio or third bedroom is available with the Karaka cottage.
- intimate waterfront setting and views
- fresh farm eggs and fruit when available
- minimum two-night stay