Wakefield lies between Nelsons three National Parks, Nelson Lakes, Abel Tasman and Kahurangi. This charming village boasts New Zealand's oldest school, 2nd oldest church and two remnants of virgin bush. Five minutes in either direction will find you at the birth place of Sir Ernst Rutherford (Brightwater) or his School (Foxhill).
The village has an award-winning cafe, bakery, craft shops, a steam museum, spa and a monthly craft market. It is the birthplace of WOW (world of wearable arts). It is on the Great Taste Trail - you can cycle or walk in a 174km loop from Wakefield through the Spooner's tunnel (the longest open to walking and cycling in the Southern Hemisphere), Motueka, along the coast and on the Mapua Ferry to Nelson and back out through Richmond to Wakefield, through wineries and over the Waimea River. There is a bike rental shop two minutes walk away. The Totaradale 9 hole golf course is just 10 minutes walk away.
The 1st Sunday of each month between September and May, the Willow Bank Heritage Village is open and Higgins Heritage Park Steam Museum has a day when the equipment is operational.
It is a 15 minute drive to beautiful river swimming holes, Rabbit Island beach and recreation area, Golden Downs and Green Acres Golf Courses, and numerous wineries. Drive half an hour and you will be in Nelson itself and Tahunanui Beach or in 45 minutes Kaiteriteri beaches, Lake Rotoiti or the Rainbow Ski field.
Extras: Linen (included); NOTE: Under Kiwi bach tradition you are expected to: Clean the house and do the dishes before you leave;