What is a resort? Well Te Mahia is a Motel plus. They have a variety of room types set in a stunning location with brilliant views over Kenepuru Sound in the Marlborough region of North Island, New Zealand. Like most motels in New Zealand the units are equipped with a small kitchen but you are not left entirely to your own devices - they have a small store/coffee place with a range of groceries and offer pizzas and frozen ready meals in the evening. Just as well - the nearest store is over 30 minutes away on winding roads!
We had a waterfront motel unit - not waterfront in the sense that you can jump out of the door and into the sea - there is a rather attractive garden in the way! But very spacious, huge windows to help enjoy the view, high level of furnishing and equipment.
Te Mahia is quite close to the Queen Charlotte walking trail and the owners organised a water tour for us with Pete who operates the local water taxi which included harvesting some green lipped mussels from his mussel farm (we ate them for dinner - yum!) and dropping us off for lunch at the Raetihi lodge on the opposite shore and picking us up afterwards.
The only niggle would be charging for Wi-Fi (which struggled to get as far as our unit anyway) - when you're paying NZ$178 per night for the unit it's an irritating extra.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Te Mahia Bay Resort- …” The Place of a Special Happening”… Take the time to savour those special moments that only happen at Te Mahia. Naturally Beautiful…Te Mahia is nestled in the most picturesque secluded bay in the Marlborough Sounds. The perfect place for swimming and other water based activities which include boat launching and moorings as well as kayak hire for our guests.Jann & Trevor offer you a choice of Luxury Seaview Apartments, Spacious Waterfront Motels or Gracious Heritage Units. All of our accommodation styles are fully self catering, specializing in those added personal touches which make us truly unique.We have the pleasure of offering you: A small store for your grocery needs, an on-license for your beverage requirements, a selection of Delectable Frozen Gourmet Meals,Stone Grilled Pizzas,a selection of wonderful coffees and cakes and a delightful array of gift items.Easy access to the Queen Charlotte Track and other scenic bush walks, allow yourself the luxury of time to drift off to sleep with the lapping of the waves and then wake up to the magical call of our resident native birds. Traveling is a breeze… only one hours drive from Picton or 1 1/2 hours from Blenheim, or a convenient 15 mins by water taxi from Picton.Relax in the beautiful peaceful atmosphere at Te Mahia, where we have established beautiful gardens and quaint outdoor barbeque areas for your convenience. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Te Mahia Bay Hotel Picton