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Amidst stretches of golden coastlines in the heart of Abel Tasman National Park is the charming holiday retreat of Torrent Bay Lodge.

With 13 well-appointed en suite guestrooms, the lodge can only be reached by boat, by kayak or by walking along the coastal track. After a day spent exploring the bird-rich national park with expert guides, guests are rewarded with panoramic sea views, delicious freshly-prepared meals and evening walks along the picturesque golden beaches.  

Previously a family holiday home, Torrent Bay Lodge has since been converted into a welcoming cottage, where modern facilities contrast with an informal open dining area looking out across the beach. The deck area, accessed through the French doors of the dining room, is the perfect place to relax with a morning coffee or evening drink, while enjoying the tranquil sea views. 

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Wildlife trips

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