Our guests can expect the very best service when they stay at Motueka River Lodge. The Lodge is already beautifully designed and furnished but if you wish for something specific, and its within our power, we’ll do our best to grant that wish on your special escape to paradise! We can’t promise to have a bellbird outside your window every morning but pretty much anything else is possible!
Our peak season is between December and May so our services may be modified slightly in the shoulder season between September and November.
Please note that The Lodge is closed during the Winter months from 1 June to 31 August
The LODGE KITCHEN
The Motueka River Lodge offers an array of dining to suit our guests' needs as we understand that when you are travelling, you may want to vary your evening dining options. Breakfast is included in your daily tariff. The breakfast-only option suits those wishing to explore our region’s reputable restaurants and vineyards. However, you may wish to maximise your time at the lodge so we offer additional in-house dining options that are customised to each guest’s needs. Our organic vegetable gardens and orchards, wine produced from our boutique vineyard and locally sourced produce make dining at The Lodge a great way to end the day. When Chere is in residence (she holds a Diploma from the Alain Ducasse Ecole in France) she is your resident chef or, in her absence, we can arrange for a visiting chef depending on your requirements. In addition, we also have relationships with local restaurants in the area that offer further dining options. Please enquire at check in for further information.
Organic produce from our gardens and locally sourced ingredients
Wine from our boutique vineyard or a selection of local and international wines
Freshly cooked breakfasts and a range of homemade conserves, yoghurt and seasonal fruits
Dining options are available on request
Our guests fly in from all over the world - sometimes the only thing they want for the first couple of days is to be pampered and allowed to relax in peace and quiet. We can offer massage services, yoga and meditation in the garden with herbal teas or a relaxing glass of exquisite local wine.
Book a massage or beauty treatment
Yoga and/or fitness sessions available - either with a private personal trainer or yoga instructor at The Lodge or at one of the local facilities
Relax and meditate or perform your yoga outside in the hidden areas of the garden
"Walking Meditation" among the native trees and garden paths to restore your vitality
Relax and Rejuvenate
There’s endless adventure in the Nelson region - from fishing to hiking, from sea kayaking to biking and vineyard fine dining. But, there will be moments when you need a vignette away from it all. For mindfulness, relaxation or simply a great book, you are able to retreat to the Motueka Lodge’s extensive and peaceful gardens. There are many delightfully sequestered corners across the property allowing you to escape for 10 minutes or 10 hours!
Enjoy an afternoon tea sitting on the verandah overlooking the wooded backdrop, flower gardens and listen to vibrant New Zealand birdsong. Grab the tennis racquets (available upon request) and enjoy a tennis match on the property’s hard-surfaced tennis court. Wander through the Lodge’s very own protected New Zealand native forest walkway or stroll to the beautiful Motueka River bounding the property. Or simply lounge on deck chairs, sipping your favorite New Zealand wine or beer beneath the beautiful pagoda overlooking a terraced garden lined with blue hydrangeas.
For total body pampering, ask our host to arrange your choice of massage. Periodically, the owners are excited to offer Wellness and Relaxation Retreats - either full weeks or daily services for guests. During retreats, a highly trained professional resides on site to tailor-make the right mix of massage, meditation, yoga and, if desired, exercise classes to suit. Now you can truly escape, relax and rejuvenate both mind and body in one of the most beautiful spots in ‘Godzone’.
Other Amenities to enjoy
The Lodge has WiFi throughout. A small TV room allows guests to watch in peace and away from the main lounge area. There is a fully stocked wine cellar at The Lodge that we are very proud of and that showcases many wines of the local region plus some stars from further afield.
TRANSPORTATION - we can arrange pick-ups, drop-offs at the airport or have a driver ready to take you out for the day.
HELI-PAD - If you are setting off on one of our tours or wish to arrive or depart by helicopter we have a heli-pad in the grounds of The Lodge.
Explore the property - walk down to the Motueka River bounding the property
Take a short hike along a New Zealand native woodland track with vistas over the property
Enjoy a game of tennis on the property’s tennis court
Enjoy your favorite drink in numerous peaceful garden spots with views of the vineyard, extensive gardens or the Kahurangi mountain ranges