Honeywell Hut

Honeywell Hut

Motueka

Honeywell Hut is just 50 minutes from popular Motueka and just over 1 hour from Nelson. The hut is en route from the Abel Tasman National Park, heading towards the West Coast - which makes it the perfect stop-over accommodation for a road trip around the South Island.

Set on Baton Run Farm, a large and dramatic sheep and beef farm, Honeywell Hut has all the style and feel of a backcountry musterer's hut. The one-room hut has been loving restored over the years with a ton of creative, rustic charm. Recycled timber, rescued from the farm has been used in the detail, including old bridge and cattle yard timber. Locally milled macrocarpa lines the walls - infusing it with a warm and cosy atmosphere.  A potbelly stove keeps you snug inside, and an outdoor wood stove in the outdoor kitchen area heats all your water for showers and baths. 

Baton Run Farm is perfect for getting active - with mountain biking and walking tracks all on offer. Wear yourself out during the day and take a dip in the river at the end of it all. At night soak away any aches and pains in the steaming hot outdoor bathtub, and spot the constellations in the crystal clear night sky.

FROM $230 p/n

Children aged 8+ only

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1360 Baton Valley Road, Tapawera, 7196

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Honeywell Hut is 50 minutes from Motueka and just over 1 hour from Nelson. The hut is en route from the Abel Tasman National Park, heading towards the West Coast.

Please follow the Baton Run Hut Haven signs from the Baton/Woodstock bridge, and be aware that there is 13km of one-way gravel road, so please drive slowly.

Your pre-arrival information will be sent five days prior to your stay, please contact your hosts at this time to advise what time you will be arriving so that they can meet you at the hut.

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  • Eating and Drinking

    Honeywell Hut is self-catering. Just bring your own food, and cook meals using the kitchen facilities provided in your camp kitchen. You'll find all the cutlery, crockery, pots and pans that you'll need.

    Explore the on-site shop and museum located at the front gate, just a 10-minute walk from Honeywell Hut. Appleby Ice Cream and cold drinks are available which can be paid via Eftpos services. Complimentary WiFi is also provided.

    If you want a break from cooking at any stage, the closest town with restaurants and cafes is, Motueka, a 50-minute drive away. 

    The nearest supermarket for supplies is also Motueka, so it's best to stock up and bring everything you need so you don't have to leave the property for the duration of your stay.

  • Things To Do

    A stay at Honeywell Hut is like stepping back in time, so it's the perfect place to unplug from the modern world. There's heaps of good old-fashioned fun to be had, like swimming or gold panning in the river, battling it out over a game of cards, or simply relaxing in a steaming hot outdoor bath and star-gazing.

    Explore the on-site shop and museum located at the front gate, just a 10-minute walk from Honeywell Hut. Along your stroll, you'll find information panels about the valley, perfect for those who enjoy learning interesting facts. Treat yourself to Appleby Ice Cream and cold drinks, and take advantage of our Eftpos services and complimentary WiFi.

    Mountain bikers or trampers are welcome to take to the hills and enjoy the many tracks covering the farm (bikers will need their own bikes). The farm backs on to the beautiful Kahurangi National park and you'll find stunning areas of native bush and hills with spectacular views over the district. Keen fishermen can try their luck in the river - there's trout!

    If you want to explore further afield, the Kahurangi National Park is a short, 20-minute drive from the property.

  • Your Hosts

    One of the wonderful things about staying in quirky and unique places, is that they are often owed by wonderfully quirky and interesting people. Fiona Simons and Richard Lublow, hosts of Honeywell Hut, are two such people. 

    Richard's family has owned Baton Run Farm since 1906, when they were enticed to the area by what turned out to be a fake gold scam. His great-grandfather decided to stay on and farm the land anyway, and the family have been farmers and caretakers of the land ever since. Richard is a farmer and poet, inspired by the landscape and people of the region. Reading his poetry in the hut at night is the perfect accompaniment to your stay.

    Fiona is a warm, friendly and horse-mad. She met Richard when she came out from the UK to work as a woofer in New Zealand. While trekking around New Zealand on horseback, she stumbled across the beautiful Baton Valley, fell in love with the area, and has been here ever since.

Testimonials

  • "

    A total getaway from everything. Beautiful river to swim in, and tracks and history to explore.

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    - 29 Apr 2024

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  • "

    Beautiful location. It's warm and cosy inside with plenty to do.

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    - 12 Apr 2024

    2 / 12

  • "

    Love our stay at the Honeywell Hut. Magical place in the middle of nowhere. Everything is over our expectations!

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    - 21 Mar 2024

    3 / 12

  • "

    Perfectly simple facilities in an incredible location with fantastic hosts. I’d go back tomorrow if I could…

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    - 21 Feb 2024

    4 / 12

  • "

    Fantastic place, we really enjoyed our two night stay. Already planning the next trip.

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    - 22 Nov 2023

    5 / 12

  • "

    Wicked location, great to get away from reality. The outdoor bath, fire, and river were awesome.

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    - 24 Oct 2023

    6 / 12

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    The host was very welcoming and went above and beyond. Wicked spot too!

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    - 09 Apr 2023

    7 / 12

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    Honeywell Hut is the big exhale you need from daily stresses. Being out of phone signal and just being able to shut out the world is a magical experience.

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    - 03 Nov 2022

    8 / 12

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    We needed a break away to recharge and we certainly achieved that and more. The best hosts ever, we arrived as strangers and left as friends!

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    - 13 Oct 2022

    9 / 12

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    Therapy for the soul in its most beautiful and simplest form. A must do for those families or couples wanting to reconnect with each other and the beauty that surrounds us.

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    - 20 Apr 2022

    10 / 12

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    Great getaway location. The hut was exactly what we wanted and had everything we needed. Fiona was a helpful and informative host. So pleased we booked three nights.

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    - 15 Mar 2022

    11 / 12

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    True off the grid experience! Left feeling fully recharged by the incredible environment and fabulous hosts. Highly recommended 10/10.

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    - 30 Nov 2021

    12 / 12

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