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Bronte Country Estate

Nelson, New Zealand

Bronte Country Estate is exclusive luxury accommodation in a tranquil natural setting close to the stunning Abel Tasman National Park, with golden beaches and miles of stunning walking trails through the native New Zealand forests.

At a Glance

  • Bronte Country Estate has been at the heart of the same family for five generations

  • Luxurious, spacious accommodation in a choice of suites or villas

  • More similar to a warm and welcoming guesthouse than a hotel

  • Halfway between Nelson city and the Abel Tasman National Park

  • The two bedroom Te Koi Villa is ideal for families

Couples, Family

Insider's View

Take a trip to nearby Mapua and visit the galleries (my top being being the Cool Store Gallery) and enjoy fish and chips by the water's edge

Scott Dunn team

Insider's View

I wouldn't recommend swimming in the estuary. It is very tidal and quite shallow. It is perfect for a good kayak!

Katie Kennard

Insider's View

Take one of the kayaks out on the estuary for a peaceful paddle at high tide, and watch the sun glistening off the water.

Sarah Rowan

Call us on (858) 523-9000 to start planning your vacation to Bronte Country Estate or take a look at our itineraries to Marlborough and Nelson


Overlooking the sparkling tidal waters of the Waimea Estuary on Nelson’s historic Bronte Peninsula, Bronte is surrounded by its extensive mature gardens, a family run vineyard and apple orchards.

New Zealand owned and operated, Bronte houses five purpose built suites and villas set apart from the main homestead amidst beautifully tended gardens with stunning panoramic views out to sea. Enjoy sumptuous breakfasts served on the veranda in warmer months or in the formal dining room with its polished wooden floors and open fire on cooler mornings.

From the private verandas and patios, take in stunning views over the water to distant hills; the ebb and flow of the tide sets the rhythm for white herons, spoonbills, and other estuarine birds stalking gracefully across the inlet. After a day of exploring the beautiful local area, relax and enjoy Bronte’s meandering gardens and parkland, heated swimming pool, tennis court, petanque, mountain bikes, and canoes and the seasonal beauty of the Estate’s 65-acre coastal orchard.

Bronte is central to the Nelson region; just a 20-minute drive from the airport, and with its own helipad. It is surrounded by award winning wineries and internationally renowned cafes and galleries, with the Abel Tasman National Park only 45 minutes away.


Bronte Country Estate has three types of accommodation to chose from. The Shoreline suites are hidden amongst the gardens and are very private. The suites are well-appointed with local crafts, fine linen, fresh flowers and complimentary goodies. The Shoreline villas are so comfortable, you will find it hard to leave! The villas are slightly elevated so that you can benefit from fabulous views, and are designed to keep you in touch with nature. The Te Koi villa has five bedrooms and is positioned on the tip of the Bronte Peninsula offering seclusion and wonderful views. The villa is self-contained and has a fabulous deck for you to soak up the scenery from.


Children are welcome to come and stay at Bronte Country Estate. However, there are no specific facilities available for them.


Bronte Country Estate is best for those wanting to escape into a heavenly retreat. The peaceful atmosphere of the resort and serene beauty makes it the perfect place just to relax and take in the wonderful surroundings. However, if you are feeling active, there are many beaches nearby where you can partake in watersports, golf courses and hiking trails too to keep you moving. The hotel will be able to advise you on a host of activities to suit your needs.

Location & Directions

Nelson, New Zealand

The estate lies on the headland of Nelson’s Bronte Peninsula, overlooking Waimea Estuary. Halfway between Nelson city and the Abel Tasman National Park.

When to go

The climate in New Zealand is incredibly pleasant, with warm and balmy summers and cold crisp winter months with wonderful clear, blue skies. The warmer high-season months of November to April are perfect for outdoor exploration. The colder months of June to August are the best time to ski.

Both North and South Islands are drier on the east coast, rather than on the west, where mountain ranges act as a trap for the moisture-rich winds from the Tasman Sea. It is also worth remembering that it is usually a few degrees cooler on the South Island than the North Island and as New Zealand has a maritime climate, the weather can change rapidly.

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Call us on (858) 523-9000 to start planning your vacation to Bronte Country Estate or take a look at our itineraries to Marlborough and Nelson

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