Bach or holiday home, 4 Bedrooms, 1 Bathrooms, (Sleeps 9)
- English, French, German
Born in New Zealand, I currently live in Christchurch, although spent my childhood in Auckland. I am passionate about the outdoors and have spent my life sailing, hiking, mountain biking, kayaking, mountain running and skiing - in New Zealand and overseas. My children have spent their childhood holidays playing at Moenui. Now, it is wonderful to see them having holidays here with their teenage friends. For many years I was reluctant to open up the home for the holiday rental market. However, it has been very heartening to see how respectful and positive the many guests are. It is a pleasure to be able to share this place. I only wish I could meet you all, but it is a bit tricky from Christchurch!
Moenui_Retreat purchased this House in 2003
Why Moenui_Retreat chose Marlborough
A holiday in the Marlborough Sounds, filled with mountain biking, swimming, kayaking, fishing and hiking, introduced me to this wonderful region of New Zealand. Excited about the prospect of purchasing a holiday home, I drove around for a day, noting appealing settlements, which also didn't have excessive travel time from Christchurch, nor windy roads. Shortly afterwards I purchased my holiday home in Moenui. We have had many wonderful family holidays here and never tire of what adventures and beauty the Sounds offer.
What makes this House unique
Within the first few minutes of arriving at the property, we fell in love with the beautiful view framed by the native bush. When not adventuring, much of our time is spent on the expansive deck (replaced in 2018), absorbing the ever changing light and ripples playing on the water. I never tire of this view and love the cosiness of the bach. The local community are wonderful - . forever helpful, welcoming and social.
Negotiable on discussion with owner
Decking needs adult supervision for young children
Max guests:9 (sleeps up to 9 adults)
Two day minimum stay
7 day minimum stay over Christmas New Year
$40 cancellation fee
100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date. 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
Tour of the South Island
Location was excellent, even in bad weather. Comfortable and homely, well kitted out.
We enjoyed our stay completely. We relaxed on the deck, birdwatched, and even took turns soaking in the wood-fired tub. There was no wifi which was just fine. We ate, played games and enjoyed each other and the southern night stars. The beds were comfortable and the house clean. We highly recommend this bach.
One of the most beautiful baches I've stayed at in NZ - the view was to die for, the BBQ and meals on the deck were spectacular, and comfy beds.
Was great to briefly meet Penny, and I will CERTAINLY be back!
Absolutely lovely guests who would always be welcomed back. It was a pleasure to meet them in person. The house was left very clean and tidy, even though they had paid for cleaning. Much appreciated.
Beautiful and so peaceful
Just a gorgeous and peaceful location. So handy to all the areas attractions. Penny was so accomodating and responsive when we had any enquiries. Would reckon this property to couples as well families. We so enjoyed our stay and will definitely be back next year. Thank you Penny
Stunning views, great location.
This is our 3rd time staying and won't be the last. Perfect for us and the kids. Easy to clean. Lots of games under the TV. Those views are the magic! Kids love the bush swing and this time we tried out the kayaks too.
This property was the nicest place I've ever stayed at in the Marlborough Sounds. Stunning!
Very peaceful and private even though you have close neighbors, you'd never know. It was the perfect spot to do my artwork out on the front deck.
Happy that you were inspired to play on the canvas and I would love to see your artwork! Thanks for being great guests and looking after my 'home away from home'.
Spend a day visiting world renowned vineyards for a day of tasting and fine cuisine
The Mail Boat trip is popular. Setting off from Havelock, this day trip takes you throughout Pelorus Sound as it delivers the mail to boat-only access homes. Bookings essential in peak season.
Omaka Air Museum is great - females really enjoy it too! The displays are done by the famous Weta Workshop
Great second hand shopping in Blenheim - Just Browsing Antiques. The local dump, Havelock Museum shop can have some surprise finds.
The annual Havelock Mussel and Seafood Festival in March is fun for all ages