Meadowbank Homestead - Awaroa
Traditional kiwi hospitality welcomes you at the Wilson family's ancestral home, rebuilt to include all modern comforts and insights into early European settlement.
- Availability: Guests on our overnight breaks
- Best For: Tranquility and heritage
- Cost: All inclusive breaks
The Meadowbank experience:
Meadowbank Homestead - Awaroa was originally built in the 19th century. It was the envy of European settlers, built on the "finest site in Awaroa Bay" to capture the stunning panoramic views and all-year-round sun on the edge of the inlet. There is no road access to this uniquely isolated place that can only be reached by boat or by walking along the coastal track. Overnight stays are all-inclusive with transport into the Park, luggage transfers, activities and delicious meals. The in-house bar serves a selection of local beers and wines.
Your guides and hosts will help you design a day as adventurous or relaxing as you wish. Then, come home to a traditional Kiwi welcome with pre-dinner drinks and snacks while your hosts prepare dinner. Share a fascinating living history as the triumphs and tragedies of the original European settlement of the region unfolds through the personal stories of the Wilson family's ancestors. After a hot shower in your ensuite room, be lulled to sleep by the tides and then awake to birdsong and breakfast served with views overlooking the gardens by the sea.
History comes alive:
In 1884 William Hadfield built a home for his wife, Adele and children. He built on the best site in Awaroa Bay and they named their home Meadowbank. One hundred and ten years later, his great granddaughter, Lynette Wilson, and her family built a replica homestead on the same site, including all modern conveniences. The house is filled with stories, photos and memories of their lives as they attempted to settle in the remote Awaroa inlet.
There are older memories at Awaroa, the shadows of Maori who camped and fished along these shores, of the first European sailors who made a welcome landfall, and of the sawyers and boatbuilders who explored the valleys looking for timber. As the tides go in and out, so people have come and gone from the inlet, each one adding to the story.
Haere mai ra, e te manuhiri tuarangi - welcome to all our guests
Set amongst the original gardens of camellia and rhododendron trees, the character of Meadowbank has been brought back to life. There are thirteen comfortable twin/double guest rooms with ensuite bathrooms, a friendly lounge with open fire and modern kitchen with traditional dining room. Each room is named after members of the Hadfield family who lived at Meadowbank. The original homestead was rebuilt as an eco lodge in 1994 using recycled timbers and featuring heirlooms representing eight generations of the family's association with the Nelson region. The Lodge provides all the comforts of modern living with minimum impact on the environment.
If you want to stay longer, we do have two self-contained cottages in the grounds of Meadowbank Homestead – Awaroa and these can be rented for longer periods. Please contact our friendly team to discuss availability.
To stay at the heart of Abel Tasman with us is to experience the true essence of New Zealand’s finest coastal National Park.
“From my initial enquiry by e-mail to the end of our 5 day guided walk we received prompt, friendly and professional service from everyone at Wilsons. Meadowbank Homestead where we spent 2 nights was the jewel in the crown. A truly stunning location and spacious, spotless and very comfortable accommodation. We arrived damp and tired following a day's walking to be welcomed with hot drinks, clothes drying facilities, an open fire and delicious food. We felt we were house guests rather than simply paying customers. It doesn't get much better than this”.
Please note: There is one other other commercial Lodge in the Awaroa Inlet. It operates as a Hotel and is not associated with the Wilson family. Please don't confuse us. Book with Wilsons Abel Tasman and you will be booked into Meadowbank Homestead - Awaroa.
Other OptionsWe Operate These Options:
Our Beachfront Lodges are primarily for Guests on our overnight, all-inclusive breaks. Please click the links below for detailed itineraries, or contact us to design a trip to suit you.
- All rooms twin/double with en-suite bathroom
- All bedding and towels provided
- Drying room
- Meals are freshly prepared by your Hosts at the Lodge. Read more about our delicious food.
- In-House bar serving hand-picked local specialties
- Central heating and open fire for winter comforts
- Beautiful gardens and sun-filled deck with panoramic sea views
Getting Here: Walk, Kayak or Cruise:
Our beachfront lodges can only be accessed on foot, by kayak or by boat, from Kaiteriteri or Marahau. Any stay with us is inclusive of return coach connections to Abel Tasman National Park from Motueka or Nelson, and boat transport in the Park.
With our walking and kayaking breaks, all travel and luggage logistics, food and accommodation are included. In addition our highly trained Guides will help you make the most of each day, greatly adding to your connection with this special place. All sea kayaking is guided, though you can choose to walk unguided if you prefer.