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Te Koi - The Lodge At Bronte

133 Bronte Road East Off Coastal Highway 60, Mapua 7173 New Zealand
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Te Koi - The Lodge at Bronte is an exclusive luxury lodge in a tranquil natural setting. Nestled on the edge of the Waimea Estuary on Nelson’s historic Bronte Peninsula, Te Koi is surrounded by its extensive mature gardens, family-run vineyard and apple orchards. As Nelson's premier 5-star waterfront property, Te Koi - The Lodge at Bronte is New Zealand owned and operated, with five purpose-built suites and villas set apart from the homestead. Dressing rooms, spa baths and kitchenettes provide the ultimate in luxury and comfort. Guests can enjoy the meandering gardens and parkland, heated swimming pool, tennis court, petanque, mountain bikes, and canoes and the seasonal beauty of the Estate’s 65 acre coastal orchard.
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Free breakfast
Bicycle rental
Tennis court
Massage
BBQ facilities
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Wifi
Outdoor pool
Breakfast available
Non-smoking hotel
Picnic area
Sun terrace
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Air conditioning
Private beach
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Flatscreen TV
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Iron
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5.0 of 5 stars
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Romantic
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English
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Christopher S wrote a review Feb 2024
Oxted, United Kingdom459 contributions229 helpful votes
Stayed here for 2 nights on our trip to New Zealand. One word sums it up - amazing. Ali and Ian are tremendous hosts; Ali’s cooking is sublime and Ian’s choice of wines to accompany the meal superb. Breakfast was also extensive with lovely fruit as well as cooked options. The location of the lodge, on the shores of the estuary provides amazing views of the surrounding countryside and the room was extremely comfortable offering a lounge, bedroom, bathroom and outdoor seating. The grounds are extensive and very well kept with an outdoor pool and a tennis court. This is luxury at its best and somewhere I would definitely recommend to stay if in the area. Thank you Ali and Ian for making our whole trip extra special.
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Date of stay: February 2024Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Patricia V wrote a review Dec 2023
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Perfection and understated elegance in every way. Ali and Ian are the most gracious and accommodating of hosts. The attention to detail and personal touches add to the pleasure of this beautiful property. Our time here was relaxing and so enjoyable. The food and company can’t be beat. Wish it wasn’t so far away so we could return soon!
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Date of stay: December 2023
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Londontripadviser wrote a review Nov 2023
London, United Kingdom702 contributions299 helpful votes
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Two nights at Te Koi Lodge was just the prescription we needed to unwind from our trip down from Auckland. The lodge is right at the end of a spit of land reaching out into the estuary with fantastic views over the water to the mountains in the distance with birds flitting and prancing hither and thither. It really is impossible to put into words how magical the scenery is, which is matched by the sensational gardens and grounds. The superlatives only continue when it comes to describing Ali’s food and Ian’s wine pairings and their great warmth and genuine enthusiasm for hosting guests. We loved every moment and mouthful and were very sad to leave.
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Date of stay: November 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Ali and Ian Metcalfe, Owner at Te Koi - The Lodge At Bronte
Responded 6 Dec 2023
A very belated response to your review - thank you so much for taking the time to make comment; it is truly appreciated by us all here at Te Koi. We hope your memories of Te Koi and your time in New Zealand are with you for along time. Ali & Ian
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Fran S wrote a review May 2023
224 contributions122 helpful votes
Our wildest dreams come true. My husband and I were celebrating my belated 60th birthday with two weeks in New Zealand. Our stay at Te Koi was spectacular. Ali and Ian were the consummate hosts, welcoming us like old friends, and even upgrading us to a villa. The property overlooking the estuary has been lovingly tended by the Metcalfes, whose attention to detail means that each gorgeous garden plant, each luxurious towel and sheet, and each paint color has been chosen with care. Breakfast and dinner were elegant affairs complete with wide-ranging conversation about travel, food, cooking, and art. Ali is a fabulous cook and was attentive to our dietary restrictions while introducing us to some local treasures. We enjoyed a day at Abel Tasman NP that included a kayaking excursion, so Ali provided us with towels that were less fancy than those in our villa just in case! (We didn’t go overboard, so the towels came back with us!) We would highly recommend Te Koi and hope to return some day.
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Date of stay: May 2023
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Nelson is easily accessible. Wish we had spent more time in the local galleries
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Response from Ali and Ian Metcalfe, Owner at Te Koi - The Lodge At Bronte
Responded 25 May 2023
It was a pleasure sharing this special occasion with you Fran - you both were both fun and to showing your appreciation for all we offered by writing this review is truly appreciated by us all at Te Koi.
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CoralM429 wrote a review May 2023
Amersham, United Kingdom61 contributions38 helpful votes
I can’t say enough about this fabulous stay. I have travelled all over the world for the last fifty years and this is my number one on the list of places to go. The accommodation was outstanding the view amazing and the people super.Not to mention the food and wine was incredible having been on an all inclusive package.We arrived to a complimentary cheese board and a bottle of wine in our chalet. The fridge was stocked with soft drinks and beer to help your self to. We had canapés and drinks before dinner then on to a sumptuous three course meal.The living space was beautiful if I had the chance I would choose to stay there on every holiday. I can’t recommend Te Koi more highly. The address is 131 not as the title because some of the land had to be sold in Covid to survive. But if you get the chance go for it amazing.
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Date of stay: January 2023
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Just go and immerse yourself in the experience
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Krystal B wrote a review Apr 2023
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In addition to the beautiful grounds, the hospitality is top notch! Ali is an incredible chef (best food we had while visiting New Zealand for two weeks) who creates fresh, flavorful and beautiful dishes. Ian not only acted as travel agent, helping to fill in some gaps for us, but also has an amazing knowledge and passion for wine. We loved all the pairings. The villa was clean, beautiful, spacious and secluded. We didn’t have the opportunity to use the pool, but it was also nice and very well kept. I would highly recommend Te Koi for anyone looking to relax in luxury, but especially for foodies and wine connoisseurs!
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Date of stay: March 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: This is not super close to downtown Nelson
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Responded 25 May 2023
Thankyou Krystal - we hope all the memories you gathered whilst with us are with you for a long time. You were both a pleasure to host.
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Renee D wrote a review Apr 2023
State College, Pennsylvania41 contributions20 helpful votes
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Just a lovely luxury lodge to unwind, decompress and take it all in. We visited at the Lodge for two overnights while touring the Abel Tasman National Park area. The lodge is spectacular and boasts some of the most beautiful gardens, trees, and estuary scenery you will ever experience while traveling. The food served by your hosts Ali and Ian and their two cute dogs is also incredible. Ian excels with the sommelier duties while Ali, a very experienced and accomplished chef holds it down in the kitchen. Much of her offerings are unrivaled. The salmon we had one night was superb and the cherry glazed Asian duck we had the next was the best duck we have ever had. Her desserts are also incredible. Breakfasts, yes, once again, incredible. Ask Ali to make you a French omelette with spinach and cheese and dig in when it is served. Other highlights included hot cross buns, poached fruit, delicious bacon, and preserves from the garden. The home where meals are served is cozy, comfortable and inviting. Our cabin on the bay was equally pleasant. You have a great outdoor seating area, an indoor area, and a kitchenette. Our kitchenette had a nice cheese to enjoy upon our arrival and ANZAC cookies to go with our morning coffee. Your bathroom is spacious, the shower excellent. Our bed in the bedroom with a view of the bay/ estuary was very comfortable and the pillows as well. The grounds has a tennis court as well as a heated pool, a couple of Sequoia trees, a wonderful lawn and great porch. Ali and Ian are both very charming and their dogs are as well. If you are traveling and the Nelson area is on your itinerary and you want to pamper yourself a little and indulge, this is a great place to consider. We would go back in a heartbeat if we find ourselves traveling through this region of NZ again.
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Date of stay: April 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Responded 25 May 2023
Thankyou Renee for taking the time to write this detailed review - we would love to see you both again. The season has drawn to an end now and we are missing all the fabulous guests as you both were.
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jillybundanoon wrote a review Apr 2023
Chicago, Illinois39 contributions47 helpful votes
Often with wine parings in meals one is presented with an overly lengthy description of wine, reasons for compatibility with the particular dinner course, facts about what side of the hill the grapes are grown, perhaps adjacent to a lemon orchard, and a description of best growing period during particular hours when the sun is shining during daylight savings etc etc. Such lengthy presentation interrupts dinner conversation and often is too much information. At Te Koi instead however, you will find a succinct, enthusiastic description of the wine and why chosen, why it pairs so nicely with the accompanying dish. This economy of words from sommelier Ian, combined with high quality wines is typical of all aspects of this remarkable lodge. From the setting in gorgeous gardens on the Waimea estuary near Nelson, the accommodation is just marvelous. Breakfast and dinner were for us in the main house and really is in a private home, filled with art, sublime wall finishes and colours. Dinners are actually dinner parties, with fellow discerning, interesting guests. How seasoned chef Ali and hotelier Ian manage to make everything look effortless is simply astonishing. How can they them selves look amazing and be cheerful when (after pre-dinner bubbly and canapés) presenting 3 course meals with perhaps smoked this or that, complex sauces, flambé items, perhaps delicate ice wine to pair, all in a charming, stylish yet unpretentious setting, is beyond us. The attention to detail is evident everywhere. A fire just lit, table candles with just the intimate hue, baskets of fruit, napkins presented artfully, the simplest yet elegant tall stemware, is so impactful with the numerous vases with flowers from the garden. Oh…. did I say you can have a swim in the saltwater pool or a tennis game or simply relish in opening the blinds during the night so as to see the sky lit with the million stars? Depend on Ian to steer you to your interests: galleries, hiking, or an out- of- the way church with a lake view. Do yourself a favour and plan a stay at Te Koi Lodge. You can see we are not alone in accolades for this amazing lodge.
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Date of stay: March 2023
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Responded 9 Apr 2023
Dear Jill You have taken so much time to write this review which in itself is a huge compliment - to have observed and appreciated all the details which we have put together to create the ambience of Te Koi is so satisfying. You were both an absolute pleasure to have stay with us - we loved your energy.
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Evan G wrote a review Apr 2023
New York101 contributions60 helpful votes
This place is a gem! From the minute that we arrived to the moment of our departure we thought that we had died and gone to heaven. The setting is amazing. The property is located on a point on an estuary that is picturesque and makes for beautiful sunrises. The grounds are large, meticulously kept and filled with all sorts of unusual flowers, plants, a small orchard and a garden the produces much of what is served at mealtime. Speaking of meals, our breakfasts and dinners were prepared by the owners Ian and Ali, who are first class by all measures. They have been involved in the high end travel and hospitality business for more than 40 years and it shows with all aspects of this place. Getting back to the food, be prepared to have some of the best meals that you have ever had. Ali works with the freshest ingredients to prepare over the top food. Two of us are vegetarians and she was more than accommodating. Fine wine was paired with each course of dinner and was accompanied by a very knowledgeable explanation by Ian. Ian and Ali are the best hosts that we have encountered in all our travels. I would highly recommend staying here.
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Date of stay: March 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Come hungry. You will not be disappointed
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Responded 9 Apr 2023
Dear Evan Hosting couples as we did with the four of you is why we love what we do at Te Koi - to see you wandering in the garden before coming to dine and to hear the convivial conversation at the table means you are truly relaxed which is our ultimate mission. Many thanks sharing your experience with us.
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JShall2014 wrote a review Mar 2023
Nantucket, Massachusetts44 contributions10 helpful votes
Without a doubt, our stay at Te Koi was among the most memorable highlights of our (now) three times to NZ. We have traversed the north and south islands and stayed at many notable luxury lodges (Blanket Bay, The Lindis, Matakouri, Huka Lodge) and the food, hospitality, decor and warmth here surpassed them all. Ali and Ian were the consummate hosts and made our time there exceptional. Ali’s cooking is absolutely OUT OF THIS WORLD and is among the top meals we’ve enjoyed in NZ, and worldwide! (We have a running list and this is now on it!) We cannot overemphasize what a pleasurable experience this was and highly recommend a stay here as a MUST do.
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Date of stay: March 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Responded 9 Apr 2023
Apologies for the delay in responding to your review - we are drawing to the end of a fabulous season and reading the review now reinforces why we get so much pleasure welcoming guests to Te Koi. Thank you so much for taking the time to share your experience with us.
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Bronte Country Estate
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New ZealandSouth IslandNelson-Tasman RegionMapua
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4
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Which popular attractions are close to Te Koi - The Lodge At Bronte?
Nearby attractions include Rare Creations Interactive Wooden Art Gallery (2.0 km), Moturoa / Rabbit Island (4.4 km), and Hoglund Art Glass (6.9 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Te Koi - The Lodge At Bronte?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
Which room amenities are available at Te Koi - The Lodge At Bronte?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, a minibar, and air conditioning.
What food & drink options are available at Te Koi - The Lodge At Bronte?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast and barbeque facilities during their stay.
Is parking available at Te Koi - The Lodge At Bronte?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Te Koi - The Lodge At Bronte?
Conveniently located restaurants include Moutere Hills Restaurant, Jellyfish Restaurant & Bar, and The Apple Shed Cafe & Bar.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Te Koi - The Lodge At Bronte?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Is Te Koi - The Lodge At Bronte accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.