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Situated on the edge of Arawoa Bay, the Meadowbank Homestead boasts a tranquil location within Abel Tasman National Park, known for its exquisite scenery and avifauna.

Set amidst gardens of camellia and rhododendron trees, the Meadowbank Homestead is a relaxing retreat offering 13 en suite guest rooms, a relaxing lounge with open fire and a traditional dining room. Located within the bird-rich Abel Tasman National Park, the homestead is the perfect base for exploring the famous walking trail which spans 51 kilometres along the coast.  With no access by road, enjoy the natural surroundings, just a short distance from the sea. 

Although Meadowbank Homestead was originally built in the 19th Century, it was rebuilt in 1994 to transform the Wilson family’s ancestral home into an ecolodge. Featuring eight generations of the Wilson’s family heirlooms, the homestead provides all the comforts of modern living with minimal impact on the surrounding environment.

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This accommodation is featured in the following itinerary:

Kiwis & Whales Galore: South Island Self-drive

This self-drive of New Zealand’s South Island showcases dramatic scenery, from sandy beaches to picturesque snow-capped mountains. Highlights include cetacean-rich Kaikoura, the Otago Peninsula - home to the endangered yellow-eyed penguin - and Stewart Island for southern brown kiwis.

  • When to go: Sep-May
  • Duration inc. flights: 23 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £6,395 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea
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Abel Tasman National Park

Located at the north end of the South Island is Abel Tasman National Park. Despite being New Zealand’s smallest national park, Abel Tasman offers turquoise seas, golden beaches framed by rocky headlands where fur seals can be found, and rich green native forests filled with native birdlife.

  • Where: South Island
  • Ideal for viewing: New Zealand fur seal, common dolphin, little blue penguin, tūī, purple swamphen
  • Excellent for: Walking with wildlife, Penguin watching