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“Paradise”
Review of Awatea Tasman Bay

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Awatea Tasman Bay
Ranked #1 of 24 Motueka B&B and Inns
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“Paradise”
Reviewed 10 December 2013

Wonderful setting with fantastic views of the coast, beautiful gardens and a house with so much love to the detail you feel at home once you step over the porch and never want to leave.
We were lucky to stay in the cottage, which immediately felt like home, we could imagine, living there! Stylish, but also very homey, spotless and provided with everything you might need.
The hosts are most welcoming, nice and open-hearted and really cared about us with so many little details!
Loved their dog and cat, too - even here Scott and John were careful to see if noone is disturbed by animals (allergies, etc) and only let us play with them, when they were sure, we had no issues with their little family members.
Breakfast was fantastic, too. And again, the view alone makes you want to never leave!

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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Scott S, Owner at Awatea Tasman Bay, responded to this review, 11 December 2013
Thank you for your lovely review – we are very happy that you felt at home and enjoyed our breakfasts. Thanks also for mentioning that we keep our small dog, Molly, under control, as we know that people don’t want to be disturbed by the owners’ pets (unfortunately however, our cat is no longer with us). Molly really appreciated your throwing of the tennis ball for her to fetch – it’s her favourite thing!
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Palma de Majorca
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Reviewed 15 October 2013

This place is awesome. The owners are so nice and they really take care of details, everything is so beautifully decorated and the views from the outside, lying in the spa, are amazing. It's one of the best places were we have stayed in our trip through New Zealand. Thank you!

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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Scott S, Owner at Awatea Tasman Bay, responded to this review, 19 October 2013
Thank you for your kind compliments Teresa. One of our favourite things to do on a cooler night is to soak up the views of the stars from the outside hot tub/spa. So we agree, the views are amazing! And we are very happy to have shared our place with you both while you holidayed in New Zealand on your honeymoon.
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Reviewed 10 August 2013 via mobile

My husband and I had the pleasure of staying in The Cottage for 2 nights at the beginning of August. We were blown away by the location of this property, the excellent standards of the accommodation combined with the hospitality we recieved from both John and Scott. Awatea Tasmin Bay has an elevated mountain position with panoramic views of the valley and river below. Both the main house and the cottage are furnished in a modern contemporary style with every appliance being of a high quality standard. The attention to detail given by Scott and John is outstanding. From the offer to join both Scott and John one evening for dinner to the earplugs placed inside the bedside cabinets should the rain be too noisy to keep us awake overnight! Our only regret in booking this accommodation is that we did not book to stay here longer! This accommodation is within easy reach of Abel Tasman National Park and is an ideal base from which to explore golden bay area and the northern coast. Both John and Scott know the local area well and were great in advising us on what we should see within the area. We will most definitely be back! Book i guarantee you will not be disappointed! Monica and Doug.

  • Stayed August 2013
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JJHutton, Owner at Awatea Tasman Bay, responded to this review, 13 August 2013
Thank you Monica & Doug for the glowing review, and we too are disappointed you didn’t get to stay a day or two longer! It was a delight to talk with you over relaxed breakfasts and hear about your interesting work and travels.

As you mentioned, staying two nights gives you barely enough time to get a glimpse of our beautiful area – look on the bright side: that leaves plenty to do when you come and stay with us next time!
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Tucson, Arizona, United States
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Reviewed 2 August 2013

My wife and I had the pleasure of staying for a few days at this wonderful place. The Awatea Tasman Bay setting and inventive sight lines and building design helped to bring into focus the beauty of the surrounding area and made the stay comfortable. Scott and John were the perfect hosts, engaging, accommodating, mindful of privacy, generous, and providers of superb fare. The attention to detail was remarkable. It is as if Scott and John kept a notebook when traveling to record features they could incorporate when creating their own place for visitors. The room was very clean, and kept fresh with special touches each day.

The location, just a step away from the busier sections of the Motueka area, was serene and provided easy access to all the attractions of the region – wineries, Abel Tasman Park and the sea, art as well as craft studios and galleries, restaurants, etc. John and Scott are very knowledgeable about the region and can provide very helpful suggestions.

We stayed in a number of very good places in our 3 week stay in New Zealand on both the north and south islands. This was by far the best.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Scott S, Owner at Awatea Tasman Bay, responded to this review, 4 August 2013
We are so glad to hear that your stay with us was memorable and it was our pleasure to host you. Our aim is to give our guests privacy and the sort of comfort they expect at home, so it’s good to know we are achieving that.

And thank you for pointing out how convenient our location is to all the attractions in our beautiful area, such as the Nelson region wineries and Abel Tasman National Park, which we hope you’ll come back and explore some more!
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Florida
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Reviewed 15 July 2013

My partner and I have just returned home after spending a relaxing weekend celebrating my partner's birthday at Awatea, in the charming cottage. We found the accommodations, hospitality and views to be absolutely perfect - Impeccably clean and well appointed with every detail attended to - including high-end cookware, utensils and appliances.

As Americans, working and living in NZ, we have found many B&B's here to be something akin to staying in a spare bedroom in a relative's home. We were pleasantly delighted to discover that this is indeed not the case at Awatea. Our hosts, John and Scott were extremely hospitable and yet, comfortably unobtrusive - while being attentive and completely available to any and all needs. Among other surprising delights, we enjoyed homemade freshly baked bread and a delicious, hot breakfast each morning - to order!

On Saturday evening, after spending a day touring the surrounding area and wineries, we relaxed in privacy in the hot tub overlooking the valley below under the moon and stars. Sunday, our check-out day was spent fly fishing with a guide - when we returned to Awatea to fetch our car - we were again surprised to find coffee, tea, and homemade cookies waiting to send us off.

We can't say enough good things about this place and the hosts - exceeds expectations! Thanks to John and Scott for a spectacular birthday weekend!

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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JJHutton, Owner at Awatea Tasman Bay, responded to this review, 17 July 2013
Thank you for your very kind comments about Awatea. Indeed, the spa (hot tub) is a very relaxing ‘activity’ after a long day touring the vineyards! ☺ And, we’re happy that you had some great scenery to use for your photography.

We hope you enjoy the next stage of your time in NZ and perhaps you’ll drop in to see us again when you next make your way down south; we'd love to see you again.
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Meerbusch, Germany
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Reviewed 14 July 2013

Sounds cheezy, but I couldn't find a better header to describe our stay and make you read on through this review. There is actually not much to write, as we only stayed for two nights and there was nothing to complain about.

The Cottage is in a great location up on a hill with spectacular views. Do not close the curtains over night, instead let the first daylight wake you up and enjoy the beautiful sunrise.

The place is tastefully furnished and you get all the conveniences you are used to from home including free & fast WiFi - plus homemade welcome cookies (yummy!) and handwritten thank you notes, making you instantly feel at home.

This was clearly one of the big highlights on our 4-week NZ roundtrip and if we ever get the chance to come back, we will plan in more time for Awatea. Thanks to John & Scott - we really had a great time!

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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JJHutton, Owner at Awatea Tasman Bay, responded to this review, 15 July 2013
Thanks for the nice comments, Bettina. We certainly agree that a winter sunrise at Awatea is very much worth watching – and it’s different every day!

We’d love to have you back some time; you can explore more of our beautiful Abel Tasman region then.
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Pittsford, NY
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Reviewed 18 March 2013

We spent a week staying at Awatea Tasman Bay in the detached cottage. Everything about this property, and John and Scott who own and run it (+ Molly the dog), are simply FIRST CLASS. The accommodations are beautifully appointed, and the views from the deck(s) and room windows are spectacular. It is within easy reach of Motueka town, and just a short drive to amazing countryside and numerous walks in either Abel Tasman or Kahurangi National Parks. We would heartily recommend this to anyone looking for outstanding, well-run, and well-appointed accommodation in an truly spectacular part of NZ.

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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JJHutton, Owner at Awatea Tasman Bay, responded to this review, 27 March 2013
Thanks so much for your very kind review of your experience at Awatea Tasman Bay. It’s hard not to appreciate the fantastic views from the Cottage, isn’t it, and we were pleased that you were able to do so many of the fine walks we have in the area; it looks like you made good use of the “Walk Tasman” book we provided you to get ideas of where to walk. Molly says ‘hi’ and would like to see you again, too, on your next visit to New Zealand! :-)
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Property: Awatea Tasman Bay
Address: 204 Motueka River West Bank Road | Brooklyn, Motueka 7196, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Nelson-Tasman Region > Motueka
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Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
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Ranked #1 of 24 B&Bs / Inns in Motueka
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:4 star — Awatea Tasman Bay 4*
Number of rooms: 2
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A slice of heaven atop a hill overlooking the beautiful Motueka River Valley and Tasman Bay with views to die for, Awatea Tasman Bay offers a peaceful, private, relaxing getaway in comfortable, stylish, welcoming surroundings. There is one boutique Bed & Breakfast suite in the main house, plus a separate, one-bedroom self catering luxurious Cottage apartment (just next door to the main house); outdoor spa pool, breakfasts, views, close to Abel Tasman National Park, restaurants in Motueka, cafes, Nelson vineyards, and beaches. ... more   less 
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