Bronte Lodge

Nestled at the very end of the historic Bronte Peninsula, Bronte Lodge is in the heart of orchard-land, surrounded by wineries, art studios, golf courses and three of New Zealand's most beautiful national parks. This is an area of stunning beauty and tranquillity.

The homestead at Bronte provides a large guest lounge with an open fire. During winter months, a sumptuous breakfast is served in the Edwardian dining room with its polished ceiling and floor. When it is warmer, breakfast is served on the expansive decks overlooking the gardens with the Waimea Estuary beyond.

The garden – a profusion of roses, lilies, lavender, azaleas and rhododendrons – is to be enjoyed at leisure. Gentle paths, meandering beneath tall trees, lead to the estuary and to your luxury villa or suite right on the shoreline.

A sumptuous breakfast is served al fresco on the homestead deck or in the formal dining room, with sweeping views of an awakening estuary. There is little desire to move as coffee cups are refilled over idle conversation.

The view from your verandah or patio reaches across the water, stretching to pine forests on distant hills. A soft breeze plays as godwits paddle in the shadows. Tranquillity settles in. Moored in the reeds is a dinghy.

Also nearby – a Canadian canoe, windsurfer, tennis court and heated saltwater pool. There is as much or as little to do as one wishes. Just relax in a deckchair in front of your luxury villa or suite, with a drink in hand, as the sun sets across the estuary, marking the end of another glorious Nelson day

Customer reviews

My wife and I, along with Sandy and George, arrived home about two weeks ago from a trip to New Zealand that you facilitated. The four of us have been traveling together for 47 years after meeting in a small Bed & Breakfast in London in 1971.  We have traveled extensively in Europe, Canada, United States, and South America.

New Zealand was a distant stretch for us, and then we asked Julie for help on the recommendation of friends and she took us to you.  And that was our lucky day!

The five weeks we spent in New Zealand were possibly the most seamless, best organized trip we have ever experienced.  The accommodations were outstanding, everyone of them. The accommodations fit very well with the itinerary that we gave to you. Each and everyone exceeded our expectations from Auckland to Invercargill.  The people we met in the B&Bs were very accommodating and attentive to all of our needs. We did not consider them as hosts but rather New Zealand friends.  The food was excellent.  Tour suggested excursions were always right on target.

I believe the only thing that would have made the trip better was to stay longer.  This was meant to be a onetime experience, but already there has been suggestions of a return.

Thank you for your part of this fantastic adventure!

—Carol and Bob P., PA, USA

I can’t thank you enough for your help planning a truly memorable vacation. Yuliya and I had an amazing time. Two definite highlights were the sailboat charter and the Marlborough Lodge. Nik and his girlfriend Natalie were such a pleasure to meet and spend a perfect day with. The Marlborough Lodge is one of the nicest places I have ever stayed. From the room, to the staff and the exquisite food it was top notch. I have referred you to a couple of my friends who are planning trips next year and when We make it back, you will be our first call. Thank you again for everything.

—Matt & Yuliya B., Long Beach, CA