Quartz Clearing

Quartz Clearing

Golden Bay

Quartz Clearing is 2.5 hours drive from Nelson and 30 minutes from Collingwood in the stunning Golden Bay region of the South Island.

Set in a secluded spot next to a bubbling rocky-bottomed stream on the property, the glamping accommodation is made up of three very unique little buildings. An elevated hut contains a queen bed with french doors looking out to the stream and bush beyond. The small log cabin a few steps away has a kitchen, lounging area and secondary sleeping space in the loft. A third hut houses a semi-outdoor bathroom with a toilet, shower and basin. Nestled amidst lush bush, an outdoor bath awaits, offering a tranquil view of the river.

Quartz Clearing is named for the Quartz Range. A beautiful mountain range is visible to the east of the site. To the West, are stunning views of the Whakaramarama Range in the Kahurangi National Park. The property is bush-clad - covered in New Zealand native podocarp forest. Birds abound - with weka, kereru, bellbird, tui, and morepork regular visitors to the property.

This is the perfect Golden Bay accommodation if you're keen to explore the region... and you won't be short on options! With beautiful beaches, walks, great cafes and outdoor activities galore - there's something for everyone in this part of New Zealand. But if R & R is what you're after - you won't have to go far for that either... just relax, and soak up the secluded serenity of your private natural paradise.

FROM $250 p/n

Children aged 7+ only

  • Sleeps 4
            Children welcome
      Children welcome

A $50 Single Night Surcharge applies on top of the nightly rate when booking a single night. You will need to add this charge during the booking process. The calendar below will specify where one-night bookings are allowed.

Make sure you download or print this handy info sheet with directions and host contact details prior to your journey. You may not have mobile phone reception at all times.

host address

1208 Aorere Valley Rd, Collingwood, 7073


Quartz Clearing is set 2.5 hours drive from Nelson and 30 minutes from Collingwood in Golden Bay, at the top of the South Island. The Google Maps instructions will get you there, but you can also follow the signs to the Heaphy Track from Collingwood. Note that the last 10km of road to Quartz Clearing is good-quality, hard-packed gravel road.

On arrival, make your way up to your host's (Dave and Rachel's) house and they will escort you to the property.

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As well as driving over the Takaka hill from either Nelson or Motueka, you can get flights directly to Golden Bay from Wellington via Golden Bay Air.

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  • Eating and Drinking

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

    If you want a break from cooking at any stage, Collingwood is a scenic 30-minute drive away. Old School Cafe, Bar and Restaurant is a popular choice and The Court House Cafe comes highly recommended too. The famous Mussel Inn near Takaka is a must-visit while you're in the region!

    If you need supplies, Collingwood has a Four Square convenience store and there is a Fresh Choice supermarket in Takaka - one hours drive away.

  • Things to do

    Quartz Clearing is a natural wonderland, ideal for reconnecting with nature. Swim in the stream, explore the surrounding bush or spot the native birds as they flit through the trees.

    Some games and activities are provided - enjoy a game of badminton or croquet, or battle it out over a game of Scrabble or cards. 

    If you're keen to get out and explore the area, there are loads of things to see and do. Walk a section of the Heaphy Track in the Kahurangi National Park, or do the Aorere Goldfields 3-hour loop walk - exploring some of the gold mining remnants of yesteryear. Hit the golden sands of the nearby beaches - or hire a kayak and explore on the water. Horse trekking, charter fishing and scenic flights are all activities on offer in the area. 

  • Your Hosts

    Dave and Rachael, the owners and hosts of Quartz Clearing, were regular visitors to Golden Bay for over 15 years, before taking the plunge to move there permanently after falling in love with the area and relaxed friendly lifestyle. 

    They found their piece of Golden Bay paradise in 2016 and realised they had an opportunity to share it with other people who enjoy the remoteness and stunning native bush setting. It was out of this desire that Quartz Clearing was born. Using the original log cabin on the property and blueprints inside Dave’s head,  recycled timbers and iron cladding have been incorporated to create their vision of a retreat that looks like it has been in the bush forever.

    Dave, a builder, originally from Martinborough, has spent time travelling through Africa, the Middle East and Central America while working in the UK. He has interests in hunting, fishing, motorcycling and back-country New Zealand.

    Rachael is a mum of four grown children and an ex-Cantabrian.  She is a midwife who shares her time between Quartz Clearing and Motueka where she works as a charge midwife manager of a primary birthing unit.  She shares Dave’s interests and enjoys organic gardening and cooking and returning to Quartz Clearing to recharge and rewind from city life.


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    Quartz Clearing offers a serene, off-grid camping escape nestled beside the captivating beauty of Kahurangi National Park. The tranquil setting, complete with a mesmerising stream and lush greenery, provides a perfect backdrop for reconnecting with nature. The absence of network coverage ensures an undisturbed retreat, allowing guests to fully immerse themselves in the peaceful surroundings and enjoy quality time with loved ones. The privacy of the property adds to the charm, offering a sense of seclusion and tranquility. Whether you're seeking a romantic getaway or a family adventure, Quartz Clearing caters to all, providing an unforgettable experience amidst nature's splendour. From stargazing under the clear night sky to hiking through the nearby trails, every moment at Quartz Clearing is filled with awe and relaxation. It's a gem of a destination for those craving a break from the hustle and bustle of modern life.


    Abhijeet Kumar - 07 May 2024

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    It was very hard to leave this place! Everything was just perfect.


    - 24 Apr 2024

    2 / 12

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    What a stunning location, with the bubbling stream and beautiful native bush. Completely private and off-grid. Although the lovely rustic buildings, the bed and linen were luxurious and so comfortable. The kitchen was well-equipped, the only thing missing being a fridge, but the cooler packs worked quite well. The outside bath overlooking the stream was such a highlight.


    - 17 Apr 2024

    3 / 12

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    Enjoyed our stay at Quartz Clearing, peaceful and relaxing. Cosy cabins right by the river, and the outside bath was a treat. Would definitely recommend.


    - 01 Apr 2024

    4 / 12

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    So perfectly quiet and dark, surrounded by the sounds of nature. The photos do not do enough justice to how beautiful this stay is. Would stay here again in a heartbeat.


    - 12 Mar 2024

    5 / 12

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    My husband and I stayed at Quartz Clearing for our anniversary. It's a perfect location to get away from it all, and it's rather peaceful. The beautiful cabins and the surrounding nature were sublime!


    - 06 Nov 2023

    6 / 12

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    Such a magical and relaxing little corner of the world. Waking up to hear the sound of the river and a visit by the neighbourhood weka, while sipping a coffee on the deck...does it get better than that?


    - 19 Apr 2023

    7 / 12

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    The location and privacy of Quartz Clearing is something to rave about. Having a whole place to yourself and not seeing or hearing anyone else was incredible for our short getaway. The three separate buildings with all the facilities were outstanding. We would highly recommend this place to anyone.


    - 15 Mar 2023

    8 / 12

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    A truly unique and special place to stay. Definitely recommend.


    - 30 Jan 2023

    9 / 12

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    This is a unique and beautiful place to stay, extremely close to the Heaphy Track. It is private and peaceful and a very special experience.


    - 09 Dec 2022

    10 / 12

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    It was such a lovely stay in a beautiful and peaceful area.


    - 25 Nov 2022

    11 / 12

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    Such a beautiful spot and stay! Highly recommend.


    - 11 Nov 2022

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