The Boatshed. Eco Modern Bach. "The Best Beach on the Planet"

Awaroa Inlet, Abel Tasman National Park, Golden Bay
Max Guests

About this Holiday House

Welcome to The Boatshed. A stunning iconic architecturally designed home in Awaroa, close to the renowned Abel Tasman National Park walking tracks. Enjoy fishing or boating off your own private jetty, relaxing in your private garden or swimming in beautiful turquoise water at the exquisite white sandy beach. The unique bach is spacious, light and well-appointed and hosts up to 8 guests. In a remote location surrounded by national park, There is no road access, it is entirely solar powered, It has only one electrical plug, just for charging a phone so leave all your devices at home and have a real holiday with family connection , outdoor activities, playing cards and reading books. It’s the perfect place to switch off from it all, a technology escape, emerse yourself in the raw beauty of this very very special place. Please note there is only a small solar fridge, gas hobs, a bbq and pizza oven, there is no oven, washing machine or electrical appliances. I like to tell people it’s like fancy glamping but in a house! Due to its remote and uniqueness you’ll need to be able to problem solve on your own, it’s not for everyone so we like to match the right people to the property.

Details and amenities

Child friendly
Pet: please enquire
Linen provided
Smoking outside only
No disabled access
Heating & cooling
Fire place
Extra Bedding
Boat parking
Tea, coffee, sugar etc
Cleaning equipment
Cleaning supplies
Clothes line
Extra Toilet
Fire wood supplied
Internet available
Outdoor furniture
Outdoor Shower
Wood stove

Bed layout

2 Queen(s), 2 Double(s), 2 Single(s)

Special Amenities

**Pizza Oven. Kayaks available with life jackets. Beautiful tidal inlet provides a safe place for kids swimming. And the beach - of course - world renowned and a perfect example of Golden Bay. This is the perfect place for a romantic getaway, family holiday, reunion, birthday celebration or just a few days or a week "getting away from it all"**

Special Attractions and Activities Nearby

1 min walk to private jetty, 5 min walk to stunning Awaroa Bay and beach, 8 min walk to Awaroa Lodge (great coffee, beer & food if you are not inclined to bbq or cook!). Access via 15 min "sea taxi" from Totaranui (short drive from Takaka), 1.5 hr "sea taxi" from Kaiteriteri (near Nelson); or a 40 min walk to Awaroa Road head (short drive from Takaka). Or fly (10 mins from Takaka airport, 20 from Nelson or 15 from Motueka). Contact us and we will talk through the various options with you


Average Rating: 5
12 total reviews

Sarah Currie
Such a charming, quirky little house. Set back in the trees from the water, so didn't get any sun and very cold in the Winter. Would be just perfect in Summer though and kids would love the little nooks and crannies and outside bathroom tower. Had a fantastic time exploring the Abel Tasman from this base and Fee was very accommodating at such late notice. Thanks!
Wow, what a spectacular place to stay. Such a treat to be able to stay somewhere that is a part of NZ Architectural history. Stunning scenery all around. Great to have an 'unplugged' holiday - such a rare treat in this modern world. We are a family of five, including kids aged 7, 9 and 12. We enjoyed taking water taxis and tramping back to the bach. We loved the popup pizza cafe under the trees at the lodge. Heaps to do at the bach also - board games, pétanque, books, etc. Fiona was excellent to deal with and helped us with any queries. Zac and Sarah were very kind and welcoming too. Would highly recommend.
My partner and I stayed at The Boatshed for 5 nights. It is a superb location for experiencing the Abel Tasman as you are absolutely immersed in it. Having the Awaroa Lodge and the Pizzeria only a 10 minute walk away was fantastic as it gives you another dining option during your stay. The Boatshed is a modern slice of architecture tucked away from the beach which is just a minutes stroll away. The facilities are basic; there was no oven, microwave, dishwasher, washing machine and dryer which is what I expected from a bach holiday in a national park. The fridge is run off gas and is quite small which we did struggle with. There is another fridge available outside but I would imagine with maximum capacity (8 people are able to stay here) it would be a struggle catering for everyone whilst keeping essential items cold. There is a huge selection of cooking equipment available along with plenty of cups, plates, mugs and glasses. There was even a stock of oil, sauces and jams for us to use left from previous visitors. Washing facilities on offer are a bath, shower and two toilets split over two floors. What we didn't realise was that to access one of the bathrooms you have to venture outside the house using a walkway suspended above the ground on the first floor which is open and exposed to the elements. This was both fun and no so fun, especially since we had a lot of rain during our stay - it was quite an awakening to venture to the toilet at 3:00am when it was dark and pouring with rain, it would have been quite exhilarating if we weren't half asleep :) the downstairs shower room/wet room and toilet are also situated outside, this time going around the house and into the garden. It was a welcome relief after walking some of the Abel Tasman Track. There are two log burners for use both downstairs and upstairs. We only used the downstairs one to dry our wet weather gear but it made the house feel very cosy indeed. In fact, we both commented on how warm the place felt even before we used the fire. The beds were extremely comfortable and there were also mosquito nets provided. There are a selection of games for guests to use (we now love Sequence!) and plenty of books to read. There are comfortable arm chairs and beanbags for lazy afternoons. This all made for a very restful and relaxing holiday away from the hustle and bustle. We would recommend people stay at The Boatshed, it made for an unforgettable experience
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Date rangeRatesExtra guestsMinimum stay
31 Jan - 30 Mar $450 / Night for 6 guests$504 Nights
1 Apr - 31 Oct $375 / Night for 6 guests$502 Nights
1 Nov - 19 Dec $450 / Night for 6 guests$504 Nights
20 Dec - 30 Jan $495 / Night for 6 guests$506 Nights
Rest of year$375 / Night for 6 guests$502 Nights
31 Jan - 30 Mar
$450 / Night for 6 guests
Extra guests: $50Min. stay: 4 Nights
1 Apr - 31 Oct
$375 / Night for 6 guests
Extra guests: $50Min. stay: 2 Nights
1 Nov - 19 Dec
$450 / Night for 6 guests
Extra guests: $50Min. stay: 4 Nights
20 Dec - 30 Jan
$495 / Night for 6 guests
Extra guests: $50Min. stay: 6 Nights
Rest of year
$375 / Night for 6 guests
Extra guests: $50Min. stay: 2 Nights
House sleeps 10 maximum. But 8 is more comfortable, Bed linen is provided. A deposit of 20% of your stay is required to secure your reservation. Please note this is non refundable if you cancel . January is our busiest time, therefore 6 night bookings only during this time is accepted. At this time also we take special care to juggle everyone in. 2 night stays are available on the off season and a cleaning fee of $100 is required. For longer stays this is built in. Balance of payment and bond of $350 to be made no later than 21 days before arrival. Bond refundable after inspection of the property.


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