“Tis distance lends enchantment to the view, & robes the mountain in its azure hue”
1799 Thomas Campbell
Te Puna Wai Lodge offers bed & breakfast accommodation in an historic, 3-level Victorian House, built circa 1857 in a commanding position in Nelson’s premier waterfront suburb, Britannia Heights
We have a solid reputation for providing a high quality, somewhat unique experience.
Our 3 guest rooms include a studio-style apartment & are complemented with an inviting lounge, wonderful veranda, & terrace lawn
The view is a contributing factor toward the property being included in the National Business Review magazine's inaugural list of the "Top 100 Houses in New Zealand"
Picture-perfect Haulashore Island sits front-center.
It was formed by the creation of the new harbour
entrance (aka The Cut) in 1906. On the other side of The Cut the natural phenomena boulder bank begins its 11km snake to the north. Tasman Bay & the Abel Tasman National Park fill in the center. The Tasman and Arthur mountain ranges dramatise the west.
Being told he was “mad to consider it” didn’t deter proprietor Richard Hewetson from investing 6 years orchestrating the initial restoration of the house. Although no mansion, its exterior detailing delights.
“…the fret-sawn embellishments to the sometime Tyree home in Richardson St are about the most delicate possible. The verandah has been partly enclosed, but leaving the arcading visible so the façade still reads as a complete entity”
Christopher B Vine, from his wonderful illustrated book “Nelson Observed”
Partner James Taylor joined Richard in 2001 & there’ve been repairs, refinements & additions aplenty. We engaged empathetic craftspeople who used materials & designs appropriate to the feel & age of the property.
It’s all been worth it: the house is humming. And in cooler times, with our wood-fired
Wamsler stove providing most of the juice for our hydronic central heating, it’s toasty too.
Nelson township is 2.2km, Tahunanui Beach 1.8km. Abel Tasman National Park is easily do-able as a day
trip: main departure point Kaiteriteri is 60km /1 hour.
The renown waterfront dining strip is a less than 10 minute walk & features Harbour Light Bistro, The Styx Kitchen Bar, Nahm Thai, The Boathouse Society (local's secret) & the renown The Boat Shed Café. You’ll also find Haven Rd Fish & Chips &, for an awesome range of fresh raw seafood, Guytons. We’ll guide you to the many options at Tahunanui Beach & in the township.
WIFI(via fibre UFB) is gratis.
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This website was last updated 2 November 2012