Rabbit Island

Rabbit Island

Nelson

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, 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.

FROM $195 p/n

  • Sleeps 3
  • Child Friendly
  • Winter Escape

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Rabbit Island Glamping is 25 minutes from Nelson City.

305 Redwood Road
RD 1 
Richmond 
Nelson 7081

Print the Google Map directions and this handy info sheet about Rabbit Island Glamping for your journey.

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  • 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.
  • Your Hosts

    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!