Rabbit Island, Nelson
Rabbit Island Glamping
***RABBIT ISLAND OPENS FOR BOOKINGS FROM 1 OCTOBER 2017***
Rabbit Island Glamping is the latest addition to the accommodation offered by Appleby House and Rabbit Island Huts. Just 25 minutes to Nelson city and right on the Great Taste Trail, this is a fun-filled and delightful way to experience the Nelson and Tasman region.
Jane and John started with Appleby House (a hotel/bed and breakfast hybrid), and just last year opened up the Rabbit Island Huts. Now this enterprising couple is dipping their toe into glamping - with their first luxury tent opening in September for bookings.
The Rabbit Island glamping tent is situated close to the Rabbit Island Huts, but separated by a little bridge that crosses a pretty wetland area. The tent has its own BBQ, basic kitchen and running water for washing up, but also shares some (very luxurious) bathroom and larger kitchen facilities with the Rabbit Island Huts.
The glamping experience is very self-contained and private (with your own lovely brazier for outdoor star gazing), so you can choose to relax in your own company - or you'll also have the option to mingle, and join other guests for a glass of wine and a chat around the communal campfire.
The accommodation is set on 25 acres of Waimea Plains land, beautifully located for peace and quiet. 360 degree views of mountains, the Richmond Ranges and the Waimea Estuary stretch out around you. The Great Taste Cycle Trail is 200m from the property so you can bring your bikes and explore the various wineries and craft breweries in the area. Or just enjoy the beautiful Rabbit Island beach on foot - 1.5 kms down the road.
There is plenty to do on and around the property, but if you'd like to get further afield, the Abel Tasman National Park is just a 45 minute drive away. The crafty types will enjoy the arts and craft trail and markets of Nelson, and the foodies will love the great quality cafes and restaurants of nearby Mapua, not to mention the craft beer and wine tasting in the local area.
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Check Availability and Book - Rabbit Island, Nelson
A 10% deposit is charged during the booking process. The deposit is non-refundable, however it can be transferred to another booking made within a 12 month period, if your stay is cancelled more than 3 weeks prior to your arrival.
Rates and Extras
MINIMUM STAY PERIOD
The minimum booking period for long weekends such as Labour Weekend, Anniversary Weekend etc is 2 nights. The minimum booking period for Easter is 3 nights.
Peak (1 October to 30 April):
The standard nightly rate for the peak period is $220 for up to two people.
One extra person can be accommodated on a spare mattress for $30 per person, per night.
Off-Peak (1 May to 30 September):
The standard nightly rate for the off-peak period is $195 for up to two people.
One extra person can be accommodated on a spare mattress for $30 per person, per night.
HOW TO BOOK AND PAY
The quickest way to check availability and book is by using our online booking calendar. This is always up-to-date. Find the date that suits you, then click Book Now. You'll be taken through the booking process in a few easy steps.
During the booking process, you’ll be asked to pay a 10% non-refundable deposit to secure your booking. Once you've completed the booking process and deposit payment, you'll receive a confirmation email. This explains how to pay the remainder of your balance, which is due 4 weeks prior to your arrival date. If you’ve booked within this timeframe, the full balance will be due straight away. We’ll provide bank account details for payment by Internet Banking deposit in the email, and we also provide a secure link so you can opt to pay by credit card. Credit card payments incur a 2.5% surcharge.
Give the gift of glamping! Gift Vouchers are available for Rabbit Island or any Canopy Camping Escapes glamping site. These are provided in electronic format, for you to print out and pop in a greeting card for the lucky recipient. Read more about our gift vouchers, including how to purchase one, here.
Carparking is a short distance away from the glamping site. It's an easy walk over a bridge to your tent. You're welcome to come and go from the property as you please.
CHECK IN & CHECK OUT
Check-in is between 4pm - 7pm
Check-out is by 10am
The Rabbit Island luxury tent is the 'glamping' part of the broader accommodation offering at Appleby House & Rabbit Island Huts.
The tent is set on a private spot on the far side of a wetland area, with the Rabbit Island Huts on the opposite side of the wetland. The tent is a safari style tent, with a queen size bed. The tent has mains power - with subdued (atmospheric) electric lighting. You'll also be able to use the power outlets to charge devices. The tent has basic kitchen/cooking and washing up facilities (detailed below) with beautiful drinking water supplied from and onsite aquifer. The tent also has a private outdoor brazier area.
The tent has a basic kitchen with a small fridge for cool food storage, and utensils, cutlery and crockery supplied. A BBQ is supplied for cooking at the campsite. There is running cold water at the campsite and you'll be able to boil water with a jug when hot water is required. Approximately 60 metres from the tent is a larger kitchen facility that is shared with the Rabbit Island Huts. This has a microwave, oven and additional fridge space.
At the tent, you'll have running cold water and a basin for hand-washing and teeth-brushing etc. Situated approximately 30 metres away from the tent are two luxurious bathroom facilities with showers and flushing toilets, that are shared with three of the Rabbit Island Huts. The shared bathroom facilities also include private outdoor bath and shower areas.
Rabbit Island Glamping also offers guests access to a shared laundry facility - with washing machines and clothes line available for guest use.
TENT SLEEPING & BED ARRANGEMENT
The luxury tent has a queen sized bed, accommodating a couple. If requested, a foam mattress can be provided for one extra person. 100% cotton linen, top quality feather duvets and pillows, and towels are supplied.
WHAT TO BRING
- Food and drink
- Warm clothes for star-gazing at night beside the brazier
- Shower and bath toiletries
- Insect repellent and Sunscreen - a must have!
- Towels for swimming - bring some spare beach towels for swimming in the ocean.
It’s very important to follow the safety guidelines and terms that you’ll find in our booking terms and in your welcome guide. These terms and guidelines include:
- Supervise young children carefully. There are specific water hazards for young children, such as the wetlands on the property.
Rabbit Island Glamping is 25 minutes from Nelson City.
305 Redwood Road
Print the Google Map directions and this handy info sheet about Rabbit Island Glamping here.
Eating and Drinking
The campsite at Rabbit Island is self-catering. Just bring your own food, and cook meals using the BBQ and facilities provided in your private camp kitchen or the larger shared kitchen. You'll find all the cutlery, crockery, pots and pans that you'll need, as well as pantry basics such as salt and pepper, and cooking oil. More detail on the kitchen facilities can be found under 'Essentials'.
Appleby House and Rabbit Island Huts also offer breakfast provisions, with complimentary specialty breads, homemade condiments and Rabbit Island coffee, all found in the shared kitchen area. There is a also an onsite honesty shop where you can buy breakfast and dining goodies to ensure you don't need to leave the property if you don't want to!
If you do fancy an outing, Nelson City is just a 25 minute drive away, and there are plenty of cafes and restaurants to choose from there. Richmond and Mapua are an 8 minute drive away, and both also have some wonderful cafes and restaurants. Richmond has two supermarkets where you can stock up on supplies.
Things To Do
THINGS TO DO
On or directly from the property:
- Take a walk on gorgeous Rabbit Island beach - 10km of beautiful white sand beach
- Bring your bike and cycle the Great Taste Trail, 200 metres from the property (or bikes for hire can be arranged on your behalf)
- Take a dip in the Waimea or Appleby river - just minutes from the property
- Battle it out over a board game - found in the shared lounge area
- Visit the onsite library - an old converted caravan
- Soak under the stars in an outdoor bath
- Gather around the shared fire area in the evening and meet some of the other guests from around New Zealand and the world.
In the local area:
- The Abel Tasman National Park - famous for walking, kayaking and sailing, is a 45 minutes drive away
- Check out the beautiful Nelson Lakes - a one hour drive away
- Tour and taste with the local craft beer breweries and wineries
- Visit the WOW museum
- Enjoy the many local beaches and rivers
- Visit the creative and interesting local markets.
The owners of Appleby House and Rabbit Island Huts are Jane and John who also live on the property approximately 100 meters from the House and Huts.
Appleby House is very similar to a hotel experience, all rooms are very separate and private, with other spaces you can share with other guests if you would like - kitchen, outdoor entertainment areas and a downstairs lounge with open fire. It's a little bit b&b and a little bit hotel... It doesn't have 24 hour reception, but it does have lovely hosts (Jane and John) who are close by, and on hand if you need them.
The Rabbit Island Huts are another unique experience, they are a little bit hotel, little bit glamping and a little bit traditional Kiwi camping, all done with with comfort in mind. The huts are very environmentally focused with a small footprint, all timber locally milled from fallen trees, and using only organic oils and paints.
Now Jane and John are adding glamping tents to the mix - and with their flair for lovely styling, and brilliant hospitality, we know it's going to be a goodie!
1. Booking and payments
1.1 A deposit of 10% is required to confirm your booking and secure the property. This will be charged to your credit card at the time of booking. A 2.75% credit card payment surcharge will be applied to this payment.
1.2 On receipt of the deposit, you will receive an email confirming both the payment and your booking details.
1.3 The remaining balance will be due 4 weeks in advance of your arrival date. An email reminder will be sent to you 3 days prior to this date, where an outstanding balance remains. The reminder email gives you the option to pay the remaining balance by internet banking or, if your internet banking payment has not been received within 48 hours, the remaining balance will automatically be charged to the credit card used at the time of booking. Please note: a 2.5% credit card payment surcharge is applied to all payments made by credit card. Credit card data is held in a secure and encrypted environment.
1.4 Bookings made within 4 weeks in advance of your arrival date will be charged the full balance at the time of booking (this may be processed in two payments).
1.5 If you are unable to pay the balance before the stated due date, you will forfeit your deposit and your booking will be cancelled.
1.6 Bookings made online within 48 hours of arrival will not be confirmed immediately. Once the campsite has agreed that the booking can be honoured, the guest will be informed by Canopy Camping Escapes and the credit card used for the online booking will be charged the full balance of the stay (note that there is a 2.5% credit card fee).
2. Cancellation and severe weather warnings
2.1 Some campsites may have limitations due to weather. If severe weather is forecast we will call you as soon as possible prior to your scheduled arrival date to advise you and cancel your booking. You can choose whether to defer your holiday to a later date subject to availability or receive a full refund.
2.2 Your 10% deposit is non-refundable, however it can be transferred to another booking made within a 12 month period, if your stay is cancelled more than 3 weeks prior to your arrival.
2.3 Cancellation by you within 4-21 days of your arrival date will result in 50% of the total cost of your stay being charged. Cancellation within 3 days of your arrival date will result in 100% of the total cost of your stay being charged.
3. Safety and Hazards
3.1 Campsites are often situated on working farms and there are hazards both natural and man-made. You accept that you enter the property at your own risk to participate in a glamping holiday.
3.2 Participation in activities such as, outdoor baths, climbing trees, walking on the property and any other activity on the property is the responsibility of the Guest and is done so at their own risk.
3.3 Canopy Camping Escapes accept no liability for accident, loss of property or personal injury whilst on your stay.
No pets allowed. Campsites are often situated on working farms, and therefore are not suitable for visiting pets.
GST of 15% (where applicable) is included in the daily per night cost. A GST invoice will be supplied if requested.
6. The Holiday – Guest Conditions of occupancy and Conduct
6.1 The Guests have the right to occupy the Property for the paid holiday period only.
6.2 Guests are required to observe the rules and familiarise themselves with the procedures contained in the information folder provided in the tent.
6.3 Guests shall take all reasonable and proper care of the property and its furniture, fittings and effects in or on the property and leave them in the same state of repair, condition, cleanliness and tidiness as at the commencement of the rental period.
6.4 Guests are required to inform the owner of any damage or breakage in or around the property promptly so that it can be repaired and replaced for the next guests. Guests are bound to reimburse the owners for replacement, repair or extra cleaning costs where reasonably demanded by the owners for damage caused by the guests.
6.5 Smoking is not permitted anywhere on the property.
6.6 Guests undertake to behave in a proper, appropriate and legal manner with due respect to the Owner, the Property and other guests and their property. If any guest behaves inappropriately or improperly (of which the Owner will be the final judge on their Property), or illegally, the Owner reserves the right to ask the guest and their party (at their discretion) to leave the Property before the end of the holiday period. Any refund for so doing will be at the entire discretion of the Owner in consultation with Canopy Camping Escapes.
7. Authority to Sign
The person who completes the Booking Form certifies that: he or she is authorised to agree the Booking Conditions on behalf of all persons included in the Booking Form, including those substituted or added at a later date; the signatory is over eighteen years of age; they agree to take responsibility for the party occupying the Property, and to notify Canopy Camping Escapes if they are not a member of the holiday party.