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The discerning traveller wants choice in the range of luxury accommodation offered to them - choice between hosted stays, self-contained and full-service luxury lodges.
New Zealand's hosted city, country, beach and off-the-beaten-track stays offer a bed and breakfast service and the opportunity to get to know the Kiwi characer at close quarters. This is what distinguishes hosted accommodation from the many motels and hotels - our host's interest in and sensitivity to the needs of their guests. Always, our hosts will give of themselves and share their way of life as well as sharing their home.
Self-contained cottages, vacation apartments and holiday homes, whether in the city or country, offer the opportunity to get away for a while - to recover from or prepare for the rigours of travel, or to just relax and soak up some sun or culture.
And when it is time to luxuriate in a full-service, boutique resort, Friars Guide properties offer some of the highest standards of service available in New Zealand.
Other accommodation guides have come and gone, but Friars has been consistently successful for four reasons. First is the size and quality of the images. Second is the volume of comprehensive and informative text. Third is the use of an objective writing style where marketing puffery and superlatives are not used everywhere. Fourth is the personal recommendation of the authors which is based on a personal visit to each property - if it does not meet our minimum standards for location, building, services and amenities, and delightful hosting, then it is not accepted for inclusion in Friars Guide.
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golden beaches and National Parks
Located at the north-west corner of the South Island and with claims on having the highest number of sunshine hours in New Zealand, the Tasman region is a paradise for those who enjoy the outdoors. With the urban treats of Nelson City (see page 231), the waters of Tasman and Golden Bays and the diversity of landscapes of its three regional parks, this area offers activities aplenty. The Tasman region stretches from the northern edge of the Southern Alps across the fertile plains and out to a great sweep of golden-sand beaches bordering clear blue waters. The jewel of this area is Abel Tasman National Park, which can be explored by walking tracks and kayaks (either guided or freedom) or, for those with less time, by water taxi. You will likely see penguins and dolphins, will definitely see seals and native birds. The sub-alpine Nelson Lakes National Park and Kahurangi National Park offer a wealth of walking and tramping experiences in lush native forests. The Heaphy Track, one of New Zealand's Great Walks, follows a route from near Collingwood to Karamea on the West Coast. Further west, Farewell Spit is visited by over 100 species of birds each year, some migrating from Siberia and Alaska.
areas within Tasman
Friars has identified the following areas within Tasman. Below is a breakdown of Friars listed hosts in Tasman per locality.
- Murchison: Murchison (1)
- Tasman Bay: Upper Moutere (2), Mapua (2), Ruby Bay (2), Motueka (1), and Kaiteriteri (1)
- Golden Bay: Pohara (1), and Collingwood (1)