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Pihopa Retreat

225 Waimea Road Bishopdale, Nelson 7011 New Zealand
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#1 of 11 small hotels in Nelson
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Six luxurious suites set in a park like setting provide a very comfortable home away from home. Large spacious villas, each with a bedroom and lounge area to relax in. Venture outside to soak up the atmosphere on the balcony where you are often joined by cheeky fantails, whilst watching weka and quails running across the lawn.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
Free breakfast
Bicycle rental
Bicycles available
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Electric vehicle charging station
Hot bath
Pool / beach towels
Swimming pool toys
Outdoor pool
Heated pool
Shallow end in pool
Fence around pool
Yoga classes
Personal trainer
Bar / lounge
Breakfast available
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Complimentary tea
Wine / champagne
Hiking
Mini golf
Archery offsite
Bicycle tours
Fishing
Table tennis
Water park offsite
Highchairs available
24-hour security
Baggage storage
Chapel / shrine
Concierge
Gift shop
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor fireplace
Outdoor furniture
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun umbrellas
First aid kit
Umbrella
24-hour check-in
24-hour front desk
Private check-in / check-out
Laundry service
Washing machine
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Allergy-free room
Soundproof rooms
Air conditioning
Desk
Fireplace
Coffee / tea maker
Cable / satellite TV
Walk-in shower
Bathrobes
Housekeeping
Interconnected rooms available
Safe
Seating area
Wardrobe / wardrobe
Bottled water
Clothes rack
Iron
Private bathrooms
Tile / marble floor
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Kitchenette
Minibar
Refrigerator
Electric kettle
Kitchenware
Flatscreen TV
Radio
Whirlpool bathtub
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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City view
Landmark view
Non-smoking rooms
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HOTEL CLASS
5.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Luxury
Languages Spoken
English
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Roomatologist24 wrote a review 11 Apr
Ridgefield, Connecticut1 contribution
SARAH and Sam are phenomenal hosts. Their attention to detail is exemplary and the accommodations exceeded our expectations. They’ve created an environment of understated elegance, and calm with amenities that are beyond generous, and beyond 5 stars! Having traveled extensively, we've stayed at many luxury boutique hotels, chateaus etc; Pihopa Retreat stands out as an oasis of comfort and grace. The suites are beautifully appointed with classic furnishings that are welcoming and not too formal. The "Afternoon Tea" cakes, tarts and homemade oatmeal cookies were delicious as were the breakfasts - best omelette I've ever had - and the evening hors d'oeuvres, also a special treat. In addition, they provided complimentary laundry service and transportation into town. Set in the hills overlooking Nelson, the lovely gardens and landscaping complete this idyllic retreat. If only it was closer to the East Coast of the US, we'd be frequent visitors. Thank you Sarah and Sam!
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Date of stay: March 2024
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Responded 4 days ago
Kia Ora and a HUGE thank you for such an amazing review! Although we are a good distance from the East Coast of the US we really hope to be able to welcome you back in the future. Ngā mihi Sarah & The Pihopa Team.
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Smital wrote a review 5 Apr
3 contributions1 helpful vote
By far one of the top places we have stayed at in all of our travel to over 15 countries. The owner Sarah’s hospitality and attention to detail (afternoon treats, making advance restaurant bookings, arranging complimentary taxis, breakfast table items, even doing a load of laundry, the list goes on) was the most immaculate part of the experience. It overshadowed the fact that the rooms were also beautiful and in a picturesque estate. Would not miss out if you can stay here.
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Date of stay: April 2024
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Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: Must stay here
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Responded 1 week ago
Kia ora Smital, Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us such a wonderful review. We loved hosting your family and so pleased you enjoyed your stay with us. We look forward to seeing you back in Nelson in the future. Ngā mihi Sarah & The Pihopa Team.
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luxlovernyc wrote a review 5 Apr
New York City, New York290 contributions241 helpful votes
Just WOW! This was our favorite place over a six-week vacation in New Zealand and Australia. Only sorry we couldn't stay more than 2 nights. As others have noted, it is perfection. The property -- once an Anglican retreat and college -- has been lovingly and beautifully restored and adapted into a luxurious hotel/5-star B&B. There are only six suites and they are spacious, with every amenity one could think of, and bathrooms to die for. Sarah, innkeeper extraordinaire, is a most gracious and warm host and thinks of everything. Rooms include a complimentary drinks/food bar with good wine, all kinds of treats, coffee, tea and fresh milk, and heavenly pastries baked fresh daily. The beds are beyond comfy and curling up in the leather armchairs before a gas fire each evening, wine in hand, was a delightful way to end the day. Sarah makes reservations for dinner and cabs to and from the town are complimentary. The on-site breakfast is sumptuous, served in the original church, and a wine and canapes hour every evening was another treat. There's also a heated pool, a wonderful spot to relax after a day of activity. I can't say enough about the uniqueness of this place and only wish it were closer to the U.S. so I could visit regularly. If you're planning to be in Nelson and the Abel Tasman Park area, this is THE place to stay.
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Date of stay: February 2024
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Book early -- only six suites. All are fabulous.
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Responded 1 week ago
Kia ora, Thank you SO much for your wonderful review. We absolutely love that we were your favourite place to stay on this trip! We hope the remainder of your holiday was fabulous and really hope to be able to welcome you back in the future. Ngā mihi Sarah & The Pihopa Team
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AliRounc wrote a review 3 Apr
Bexhill-on-Sea, United Kingdom19 contributions8 helpful votes
Pihopa has the wow factor ! A warm welcome awaits at this amazing retreat. The rooms are sumptuous, with every amenity and treat such as delicious cake to have with afternoon tea. The view from our balcony was amazing, the vista taking you through trees down to the sea. Everything has been thought of to make your stay memorable and the host, Sarah goes the extra mile to make your time at this amazing place feel extra special. Breakfasts were just incredible - a feast for the eyes. We really enjoyed the complimentary drinks and canapés at 6pm in the pool house. A complimentary taxi would arrive to whisk you to dinner in town and was there to bring you back again. We loved every minute of our stay here and hope to be back soon!
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Date of stay: April 2024Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Kia ora Alison & Tony, Thank you so much for your amazing review. We loved having you to stay and hope you enjoyed the remainder of your holiday. We look forward to seeing you again soon :)! Ngā mihi, Sarah & The Pihopa Team.
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Teri L wrote a review Mar 2024
Sherman Oaks, CA36 contributions12 helpful votes
This place is magical and without a doubt a must stay if anywhere near Nelson! We were amazed! There are only 6 rooms, cabins really. Immaculate, comfortable, modern, private and perfect! The service is 5 star. Breakfast is included and very special, served in a chapel on grounds, evening appetizers are served in the pool house and are plentiful, every day in your room there are homemade desserts. Because there is no restaurant on site, they make reservations for you at terrific restaurants and so that you don’t have to drive, you are given a debit card to pay a taxi to pick you up and bring you back at their expense. Amazing service. This place doesn’t skimp on anything, service, food, comfort. One evening we were too tired to go out to eat so we asked if we could just have cheese and crackers, Sarah had way more than cheese and crackers prepared for us and there was no charge when we checked out. Best place we stayed and most memorable.
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Date of stay: March 2024
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: You can’t go wrong here.
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Kia ora, Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a wonderful review. We are thrilled you enjoyed your stay with us! We hope the rest of your time in New Zealand was amazing and hope to welcome you back in the future. Ngā mihi Sarah & The Pihopa Team.
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Nayla G wrote a review Mar 2024
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This place goes above and beyond to make your stay relaxing. Everything is thought through with care and attention to detail. We arrived in the late afternoon, to a warm welcome, room full to the brim with treats and a very handy table reservation and taxi booked. Nothing to do but go for a swim and enjoy the spectacular views! I could go on and on but better find out for yourselves. Thank you so much!
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Date of stay: March 2024Trip type: Travelled with family
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Kia ora Nayla, Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a lovely review. We hope the rest of your adventures have been amazing and our Pihopa Bear is keeping Theo good company ;). Ngā mihi Sarah & The Pihopa Team.
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leonora w wrote a review Mar 2024
Olivebridge, New York14 contributions3 helpful votes
We cannot recommend Pihopa enough! The service is impeccable, the food delicious, the rooms have every amenity you could wish for. We have traveled the world and stayed in many wonderful places and Pihopa is at the top of our accommodations list.
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Date of stay: February 2024
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Kia ora, Thank you so much for such a wonderful review. We are thrilled you enjoyed your stay with us and would love to welcome you back in the future. Ngā mihi Sarah & The Pihopa Team
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F6997YUfrankc wrote a review Mar 2024
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A wonderful retreat, beautiful location, suite, and breakfast, a peaceful oasis. Sarah’s attention to detail is brilliant (the afternoon treats were such a surprise when we arrived back from her suggested sightseeing), and loved her dinner venues in Nelson (and the complimentary Uber, both ways). Pihopa suited us perfectly for our few days.
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Date of stay: March 2024Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Responded 3 weeks ago
Kia Ora, We are so glad you enjoyed your stay with us and especially Chef Nati's delicious afternoon treats! We hop the rest of your holiday was brilliant. Ngā mihi Sarah & The Pihopa Team
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Paul S wrote a review Mar 2024
19 contributions1 helpful vote
Sarah, Annie and the rest of the staff treated us like family for the three days we were there. The accommodations were fantastic but the extras made this a memorable stay. From scrumptious homemade bakery and fresh fruit in the room every day to the morning breakfast and evening cocktails, everything was exquisite. The retreat is set back from the road in a beautiful, private location. Ideal for couples who don’t mind paying a little more for an unforgettable experience.
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Date of stay: March 2024Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: If you pass the caltex petrol station on the way in from the airport, you have missed the entrance
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Kia Ora, Thank you so much for your lovely review. We are glad you enjoyed your stay with us and hope we can welcome you back again in the future. Ngā mihi Sarah & The Pihopa Team
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Nancy M wrote a review Mar 2024
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Treat yourself to the Pihopa Retreat! Beyond relaxing with incredible attention to EVERY single detail and service. The owners, the Mellors ,and staff are so very gracious and their hospitality absolutely unmatched. You’ll never forget this amazing experience.
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Date of stay: February 2024
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Kia Ora, Thank you so much for your wonderful review. We are thrilled you enjoyed your stay with us and hope the remainder of your holiday was amazing. Ngā mihi Sarah & The Pihopa Team
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$1,385 - $1,407 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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New ZealandSouth IslandNelson-Tasman RegionNelson
NUMBER OF ROOMS
6
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Frequently Asked Questions about Pihopa Retreat
Which popular attractions are close to Pihopa Retreat?
Nearby attractions include Nelson Classic Car Museum (2.2 km), Pro Karts (2.6 km), and Tahunanui Beach (2.4 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Pihopa Retreat?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
Which room amenities are available at Pihopa Retreat?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, a minibar, and air conditioning.
What food & drink options are available at Pihopa Retreat?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, a lounge, and complimentary tea during their stay.
Is parking available at Pihopa Retreat?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Pihopa Retreat?
Conveniently located restaurants include Nysa Turkish Restaurant, Babagatto, and Hopgoods & Co.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Pihopa Retreat?
Yes, guests have access to a pool, a fitness centre, and yoga classes during their stay.
Are any cleaning services offered at Pihopa Retreat?
Yes, laundry service and a washing machine are offered to guests.
Are there any historical sites close to Pihopa Retreat?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Nelson Provincial Museum (2.9 km).
Does Pihopa Retreat have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the city view available here.
Is Pihopa Retreat accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access and reduced mobility rooms. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.