Te Koi the Lodge at Bronte
Nelson, New Zealand
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
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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.
To start planning your holiday to Te Koi the Lodge at Bronte
Te Koi the Lodge at Bronte is an 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.
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.
Te Koi the Lodge at 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.
Te Koi the Lodge at Bronte 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 Te Koi the Lodge at Bronte. However, there are no specific facilities available for them.
Te Koi the Lodge at Bronte 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.
Sarah Rowan (Staff)
This is a gorgeous homely estate in a tranquil setting, providing a friendly and welcoming place from where to enjoy Nelson and its surrounds. Family run and personal, it is such a brilliant contrast from the more commercial properties and large lodges. It is in a prime spot right on the banks of an estuary. Here you can enjoy the colours changing on the water as the sun goes down of an evening, feeling totally removed from the outside world. The two-bedroom cottage is fantastic and so ideal for groups or families, as you can have total independence (with the option of your own private chef), while still benefiting from the grounds and facilities. You can play tennis, swim in their pool, kayak on the water and take advantage of their super local vineyard and restaurant recommendations. For those staying in one of the Suites or Villas, the breakfast set-up at the main house is gorgeous. You feel like you are breakfasting in a perfect English Garden with quaint china and beautifully manicured lawns.
Katie Kennard (Staff)
Bronte Country Estate offers a true Kiwi experience. Each member of the Kiwi family seem to have their important roles on the 70 acre site, whether it's the morning baking, flower beds or orchard that needs attention, they all seem to have their important roles. The rose bushes that surround the tennis court and pool are honestly the richest in colour and smelliest I have ever come across. For people who appreciate a good garden, this really is stunning. Between July and November, the roses are quite incredible. Breakfast is laid out so beautifully on the terrace of the main house, you can see the thought put into everything! The views of the lake are stunning and the tide means it is always looking slightly different. it's worth taking a kayak out on it too.
Olivia Smith (Staff)
Five luxury rooms sit on the water's edge, each with a private deck and panoramic, breathtaking views of the Waimea Inlet. It is serene and peaceful, whilst only being 30 minutes from the galleries and shops of Nelson.
Your hosts, Margaret and Bruce, have left no detail un-thought of when they designed the interiors of these suites and villas, they are modern and stylish, without compromising on the kiwi integrity. Each contains a king-size bed, kitchenette, comfortable living space with lounge chairs and coffee table, with modern en-suite bathrooms.
After a day's adventure in the Abel Tasman National Park, soak away in the spa bath or enjoy a Sauvignon Blanc on the deck, listening to the lapping water and songbirds at sunset. Breakfast is special at Bronte - the food and the setting. The diverse selection may include local fruit juices, croissants, a variety of waffles and omelettes, free-range eggs and the freshest local fruits; and espresso made from locally roasted beans.
Bronte has its own small vineyard, a 13-metre heated swimming pool and a tennis court and is only a short hop to the gorgeous little waterside township of Mapua, where the Cool Gallery is definitely worth a look, housing local art, sculptures and jewellery.
Golden Bay & Farewell Spit (Shared)
A visit to Golden Bay is an adventure in itself. Two of its most famous attractions are Pupu Springs and Farewell Spit.
Marlborough Private Wine Tour
Marlborough is well known for its wines, gourmet cuisine, beautiful gardens, award winning olive oils and inspirational artists. Come and enjoy the wineries, breweries and attractions of the Marlborough wine region.
Private Charter in the Abel Tasman National Park
Explore Abel Tasman National Park's iconic coastline on this idyllic private charter. Your journey will take you passed Split Apple Rock, Kaiteriteri, Marahau, Adele and Fishermans Islands, and on to Tonga Island seal colony.
Private Guided Hike on Queen Charlotte Track
Explore the picturesque Queen Charlotte Track on a privately guided hike from Ship Cove to Endeavour Inlet, passing stunning native foliage and extensive views of the Marlborough Sounds.
Private Helicopter Charter - Abel Tasman Cruise and Scenic Heli
Discover the truly exceptional natural beauty of the Abel Tasman National Park and the rugged peaks of the Kahurangi National Park with a private cruise, 45-minute helicopter flight and lunch on the beach.
Seafood Odyssea Cruise (Shared)
Enjoy a foodie experience like no other as you set sail on the Seafood Odyssea Cruise. Sample the best of Marlborough's seafood paired with some delicious regional wine. You will cruise past a salmon farm and learn about the local fishing industry.
The Food Source - Nelson (Private)
Explore Nelson’s gourmet delights by helicopter, flying between vineyard and reef where you can try your hand at fishing, before relaxing on the beach while your personal chef prepares a delicious three-course lunch.
New Zealand for Families
Hong Kong, Bay of Islands, Rotorua, Abel Tasman & Queenstown
from £7500 pp inc flights & transfers for 17 nights
- Combining Hong Kong and New Zealand allows you to break the journey and take in a different culture - perfect for families
- Properties chosen for their family friendly accommodation and unique experiences
- Dolphin watching, sailing, walking, riding, zip lining and jet boating are just a few activities you can enjoy
New Zealand for Teenagers
Auckland, Bay of Islands, Rotorua, Abel Tasman, Kaikoura, Queenstown
from £6700 pp inc flights & transfers for 16 nights
- Covers both the North and South island
- The perfect itinerary for teenagers and parents alike
- The endless possibilities for activities throughout will keep active teenagers happy
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.
How to get there
Nelson Airport is the nearest and is served by domestic flights from Auckland, Christchurch, Wellington, Blenheim and Paraparaumu. Te Koi the Lodge at Bronte is a 25-minute drive from Nelson Airport.