Homewood Bay Lodge
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Homewood Bay Lodge

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#12 of 14 lodges in Marlborough Region
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Homewood Bay Lodge offers luxury accommodation in a unique setting featuring solitude and anonymity in the Marlborough Sounds amidst a private nature reserve. Enjoy breathtaking views and exclusive use of the 1100 acre reserve with its 4 miles of waterfront. Solitude and relaxation are at your disposal. Discretion is assured.The Lodge offers three luxury guest suites, with superb vistas of the Sound. All meals are included, paired with featured wines of the famous Marlborough wine region.The Lodge has no road access, and instead is reached only by boat, floatplane, or helicopter. There is excellent cell phone coverage and complimentary internet access. The experiences available at Homewood encompass a wide range, from relaxing on the deck with a book all the way to physical water- and land-based activities: you can be as active or inactive as you choose!
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Free parking
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Free breakfast
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Hidden Gem
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Pelorus Sound, 7100 New Zealand
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Picton Aerodrome
28.8 km
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Blenheim Airport
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1 Restaurant
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drr139 wrote a review Aug 2016
Los Angeles, California
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Homewood is beyond words. Our hosts, Nori and Dallas, made every moment perfect. The second we stepped off the boat we knew this place was magical. Set high on a hill, the views of the Pelorus Sounds are stunning. Inside Homewood no detail has been missed. Every room is luxuriously appointed and incredibly comfortable.

The area surrounding the home is filled with amazing hikes, boating, and more amazing views. It's the most peaceful, serene place I've ever been.

Nori is an amazing cook who went over the top with every meal. She cooked customary New Zealand dishes using fresh, locally-sourced ingredients. At dinner she thoughtfully paired each course with amazing New Zealand wines.

Sunsets and evenings are spectacular too-- Homewood is the perfect place to spend an evening stargazing, especially with one of Nori's signature cocktails in hand.

This place is spectacular. Truly better than any experience you can imagine.
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Date of stay: May 2016
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Trip type: Travelled with family
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Heath J wrote a review Jan 2012
Los Angeles
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I can't rave highly enough about the Homewood Bay Lodge and our experience there. My wife and I wanted to get away from it all and this remote lodge was recommend to us by friends, who couldn't have picked a more ideal spot for us. We sat on the main deck off the main living room, enjoying the bay view, sipping local wines and we were in paradise. There was plenty of exploring to do--hiking, walking on the beach, mountain biking, kayaking, but we ended up just relaxing, enjoying the food and the hospitality. This was also the cleanest place we stayed in New Zealand and no detail was overlooked. There was Voss water in our room, with Port, chocolates and cookies. I highly recommend this place. We took a water taxi out there, which gave us a good view of the area and the driver told us lots about the history of the sounds. If you like things off the beaten path, this is a gem.
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Date of stay: December 2011
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Ask for the "red room"
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Response from NZ_travelSTAR, Guest Relations Manager at Homewood Bay Lodge
Responded 9 Dec 2012
We're so glad you enjoyed all the amenities, activities and local touches that we like to provide to our guests. We look forward to hosting you again soon!
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Johnno1958 wrote a review Mar 2015
Auckland Central, New Zealand
5.0 of 5 bubbles
What a place to visit. The experience of boating 45 minutes to this Lodge with all the beautiful scenery was outstanding. Peaceful and a lot of history.
Choices of activities a plenty including kayaking, fishing, hiking ( 1100acres of land ) through forests, boat trips, brilliant scenery or you can relax in the lodge and just enjoy the peace and views. Slept so well as no noise at night. Food etc beautiful. Fully solar powered and fresh spring water so you can live in the lap of luxury with all the city amenities but in a superb location. IF you are a hunter there are pigs and deer if you prefer to catch your own dinner.
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Date of stay: March 2015
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Trip type: Travelled with friends
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FLMAT wrote a review Feb 2015
Christchurch, New Zealand
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We rate Homewood Bay Lodge as one of the best places in the world. Its where you can do as much or as little as you feel. We wanted a special weekend away and that's exactly what we got. All arrangements were taken care of to make our trip effortless. The attention to detail at Homewood is outstanding - its those little things that make all the difference for us. The meals were exceptional, each and every course on each and every day! Not to mention our drinks of choice being available in the open bar. The house is impeccable. The walks and scenery were breathtaking. Thank you again Nori & Dallas I don't think we've ever been looked after so well.
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Date of stay: February 2015
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Jasonslate wrote a review Mar 2014
Eugene, Oregon
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Homewood: this NZ vacation paradise, nestled on a mountainside overlooking a scenic expanse of Pelorus Sound (at the northern tip of the South Island) is a sensory delight: the interior of the house is a masterful construction of red and silver beech, western cedar, and Douglas fir; the furnishings are impeccable, the meals exquisite, the hospitality superb. This is not one of the best B&B's in the world; it is THE best. The owners, Nori and Dallas Hemphill, are joyful, knowledgeable, and kind. My wife and I have travelled throughout the world and our experiences at Homewood have fast become our favorite.

Our favorite memories include harvesting green-lipped mussels, star-gazing, hiking to the nearby Karaka Island and Mary's Bay, viewing a 1000 year old Kahikatea tree, and learning about Ouokaha Island, famous in Maori lore as a prison site established by Te Rauparaha.

The bedrooms are spacious, nicely appointed, and quiet. In fact, if serenity, calm and quiet are your cuppa, this is the perfect place for reading, contemplating, writing, painting or just being. Every ten paces is a Kodak moment or a memory to be cherished.
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Date of stay: February 2014
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Trip type: Travelled with friends
Room Tip: Every room has a great view of the bay.
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RyanMcA wrote a review May 2013
Seattle, Washington
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
My wife and I spent 5 amazing days at Homewood Bay Lodge. As we set off that fifth day, watching the red roofed Homewood recede in the distance and waving to Dallas and Nori (the lovely owners), we started making plans for how we could get back. This was a perfect get away for two people who really needed a get away - a relaxing, visually stunning, spiritually renewing adventure. From the moment we arrived and looked out of our bedroom window at the dramatic and relatively undiscovered Pelorus Sound, we felt relaxed and right at home. Nori and Dallas were such wonderful hosts, such wonderful and generous people - we were well taken care of and enjoyed getting to know this kind and generous couple. We ate well (green lip muscles!), drank well, and slept well. My wife and I enjoyed an amazing sunset hike, caught fish from the dock, and took a guided hike to homewood peak where we took in the 360 view. New Zealand is an amazing country, and Homewood Bay is an amazing place. We'll be back!
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Date of stay: March 2013
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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K T wrote a review Oct 2012
Portland, OR
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We returned to Homewood for a second visit last week, and our second trip lived up to our first! Again our every request was accommodated, and the host/hostess as pleasant as before. We hiked, collected scallops, and enjoyed the open bar. :) Again we renewed our souls, feeling like we truly got away from the chaos that can infringe on our lives. We will return!
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Date of stay: October 2012
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from NZ_travelSTAR, Guest Relations Manager at Homewood Bay Lodge
Responded 9 Dec 2012
Thank you so much for visiting us again--we can't wait for you to return and try even more new activities!
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ChefUzma wrote a review Mar 2012
Palo Alto, California
5.0 of 5 bubbles
My husband and I stayed in December 2011 and were immediately in awe of the location. If you are looking for a stay in a serene part of the sounds, this is it. It is intimate, tucked away in the hills overlooking the sounds. You really feel like the only ones around. The hosts are some of the most gracious people we've ever met. The meals were made according to our dietary restrictions and because meals were served in the dining room of the house, you really felt 'at home' even in such a spacious, luxurious place. The home is away from the hustle and bustle of the surrounding towns and Chris from Pelorus sound taxi gave us a great history lesson on the area on our way to and from the home.

The rooms are immaculately clean and well decorated. The bed is huge and comfortable. We regretted our short stay - we hope to be back to enjoy the surroundings and mostly the hospitality again! It rained during our stay so we have yet to enjoy the many activities offered in the area. A stay at Homewood is well worth the boat trip over!
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Date of stay: December 2011
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: The Pohutukawa Suite has a sweeping view of the sound. But not to worry, once you book the...
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Response from NZ_travelSTAR, Guest Relations Manager at Homewood Bay Lodge
Responded 9 Dec 2012
Thank you ChefUzma! We appreciate the kind words and hope you'll be able to make it again sometime for a longer trip and more exploration of the beautiful Marlborough Sounds!
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K T wrote a review Jan 2012
Portland, OR
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We felt so at home with the host/hostess at Homewood - our every request was accommodated. It was the perfect escape from our busy lives - we loved the solitude and privacy. My husband craves a true escape from his busy life, and we found it at Homewood. The surroundings are gorgeous - we hiked, biked, and finally felt like we really got away from it all. We will absolutely return! Thank you!
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Date of stay: January 2012
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Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from NZ_travelSTAR, Guest Relations Manager at Homewood Bay Lodge
Responded 9 Dec 2012
We're so glad you were able to get away for a little R&R--we agree that the Sounds are the ideal place to leave your worries behind!
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Gretchen P wrote a review Jan 2012
Los Altos, California
5.0 of 5 bubbles
My husband and I traveled to Homewood Bay Lodge and were delighted with not only the special scenery afforded by the Sounds, but also the beautiful accommodation provided and the delicious meals featuring local foods. The wine pairings proved to be spectacular in every way. The hospitality was superb and our every need was catered to as we hiked in the hills, had a picnic on the beach and in general just enjoyed our experience. Truly a unique time and my husband loved being there which is sometimes unusual for our travels together.
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Date of stay: February 2011
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: The Pohutakawa room is beautiful and one wakes to a view of the water.
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Response from NZ_travelSTAR, Guest Relations Manager at Homewood Bay Lodge
Responded 9 Dec 2012
Thank you for your kind feedback--we enjoyed having you and glad you were able to share our amazing view, as it never gets tiring for us either!
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Jasonslate wrote a tip Mar 2014
Eugene, Oregon192 contributions16 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Every room has a great view of the bay."
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ChefUzma wrote a tip Mar 2012
Palo Alto, California181 contributions147 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"The Pohutukawa Suite has a sweeping view of the sound. But not to worry, once you book the lodge, you have the place to yourself and can choose from any of the 3 rooms!"
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Gretchen P wrote a tip Jan 2012
Los Altos, California1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"The Pohutakawa room is beautiful and one wakes to a view of the water."
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Heath J wrote a tip Jan 2012
Los Angeles1 contribution1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Ask for the "red room""
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