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"A tranquil, luxury retreat - your secret slice of heaven featuring stunning views of the Waimea Estuary, in the beautiful Bronte Peninsula"

Need to know

    • 2 suites, 2 villas, One residence - 2 bedrooms - sleeps 4  
    • Overlooking the Waimea Estuary on the Bronte Peninsula, Tasman 
    • Flexible - to be arranged in advance
    • Hotel closed dates: June till October

We love

  • The natural garden with secluded seats, sweet violet aromas - your perfect spot for unwinding. 
  • The plush helicopter available right on your doorstep. Your birdseye view of the Tasman sea a magnificent azure, through lucious hilltops, waterfalls & crevices of Abel Tasman.
  • Ian & Ali’s local knowledge and their infectious excitement to introduce you personally to local neighbouring winery growers, mushroom farmers and artists.

Top Secret

Ian knows exactly where a particular ‘precious’ ring is located and can take you right to it. With a family of Weta workshoppers he has all the inside knowledge of this and a heap of Lord like locations to visit.  


In 2017 Ali and Ian Metcalfe met this special place. Their somewhere to escape to. With a dose of care and attention-to-detail they renovated the estate accentuating the natural surrounds. Their background in award-winning restaurants helped create an unforgettable experiential environment that’s both inviting and relaxing with a touch of European luxury.

The Review

The very moment you arrive you’re met with a welcoming warmth - from both “sunny Nelson, known for its great weather and by owner of Te Koi The Lodge, Ian Metcalfe. Who shares some of Nelson’s treats from The Swedish Bakery Cafe to Nelson’s famed Arts and Craft market and a ‘precious’ extra.


Te Koi - Maori for ‘The Headland’ embodies its name with a stunning view of the tranquil expanse that is the Waimea Estuary. A key part of what makes the lodge feel so special. Upon entering Te Koi you’ll find Ali Metcalfe, owner and chef, cooking up some delicious, locally sourced fare in their homely kitchen. Also meet Louis and Otis, dogs at the ready as your welcome committee. 


Your peaceful retreat is tucked within the privacy of the lavish gardens. Every care has gone to designing a stylish place to indulge and truly unwind with a spacious lounge to curl up in, ensuite bathroom and kitchen. Each feature local artwork that matches the bespoke decor. 


Wake up revived from a divine sleep in your king size bed to witness a spectacular sunrise over the Estuary waters glowing through your windows or reclining on your own private deck. Savour a complimentary, fresh seasonal hot and continental breakfast prepared by Ali. 


There’s always time to enhance your wellbeing with yoga and massages upon request, a heated swimming pool and tennis court open all year round with private spa available at The Residence. Your fountain of local knowledge, Ian will assist you in creating your ideal experience from visiting wineries, seeing sculptures, cycling the Abel Tasman, or visiting nearby Mapua waterfront town to a helicopter ride door-to-door.


Dining in the lodge is a unique experience not to be missed hosted by Sommelier Ian, with drinks and canapes in the main lounge before heading to the intimate dining area for a mouthwatering dinner paired with a generous selection of local wines carefully chosen for each course. 


This is the ultimate Tasman retreat - a magical place you leave wishing you could stay forever. 


Te Koi The Lodge At Bronte

  • Address: 133 Bronte Road East, 7010 Nelson, New Zealand
  • Travel info: 25 minutes from Nelson Airport (NSN), New Zealand. 30 mins from Nelson City

Key Features

  • Airport Transfer

  • Pool

  • Helipad

  • Stunning Views

  • Butler Service

  • Beach

  • Car Parking

  • Pet Friendly

  • Restaurant

  • Spa