The Apple Pickers' Cottages
 Holiday accommodation, Mapua, Nelson, New Zealand.


The Apple Pickers' Cottages at Matahua are three lovely holiday houses on the shore of the beautiful tidal Waimea Inlet, near Mapua village.

Our organic property is a mix of fruit trees, vineyard, gardens, and regenerating native New Zealand bush which stretches around the estuary shore.

The cottages are well equipped for the simple pleasures of a relaxing holiday with hammocks, good books, board games, barbeques, braziers and endless views to gaze at. On a full tide, you can explore the quiet estuary by kayak or paddle board. 

Located in the heart of the Tasman region and surrounded by the vineyards of Nelson’s wine country, the accommodation at Matahua makes an ideal base for day trips around the region to the Abel Tasman, Kahurangi and Nelson Lakes National Parks. The Nelson/Tasman region has endless choices for day trips to wineries, markets, galleries, and artists’ studios. We are just 2 km from the Great Taste Tasman Cycle Trail. There is a wide range of outdoor pursuits to choose from, including hiking, cycling, kayaking, paddle boarding, sailing, and fishing. There are also many beautiful rivers and beaches for swimming and picnicking. Canyoning, caving, kite boarding, and sky diving are options for the adventurous.

The cottages are secluded and private, and also extremely accessible; just 20 minutes (24km) from Nelson airport and less than 5 minutes to the coastal village of Mapua. Mapua’s thriving wharf area has cafés, restaurants and galleries representing local artists.

Good cellphone coverage and free wifi.

Matahua cottages caters to children 12 years and over.

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Rata Cottage
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