Rabbit Island Glamping is the latest addition to the accommodation offered by Appleby House and Rabbit Island Huts.
Just 25 minutes to Nelson city and right on the Great Taste Trail, this is a fun-filled and delightful way to experience the Nelson and Tasman region.
Jane and John started with Appleby House (a hotel/bed and breakfast hybrid), and just last year opened up the Rabbit Island Huts.
Now this enterprising couple is dipping their toe into glamping - with their first luxury tent opening in September for bookings.
The Rabbit Island glamping tent is situated close to the Rabbit Island Huts, but separated by a little bridge that crosses a pretty wetland area.
The tent has its own BBQ, basic kitchen and running water for washing up, but also shares some (very luxurious) bathroom and larger kitchen facilities with the Rabbit Island Huts.
The glamping experience is very self-contained and private (with your own lovely brazier for outdoor star gazing), so you can choose to relax in your own company - or you'll also have the option to mingle, and join other guests for a glass of wine and a chat around the communal campfire.
The accommodation is set on 25 acres of Waimea Plains land, beautifully located for peace and quiet. 360 degree views of mountains, the Richmond Ranges and the Waimea Estuary stretch out around you. The Great Taste Cycle Trail is 200m from the property so you can bring your bikes and explore the various wineries and craft breweries in the area. Or just enjoy the beautiful Rabbit Island beach on foot - 1.5 kms down the road.
There is plenty to do on and around the property, but if you'd like to get further afield, the Abel Tasman National Park is just a 45 minute drive away. The crafty types will enjoy the arts and craft trail and markets of Nelson, and the foodies will love the great quality cafes and restaurants of nearby Mapua, not to mention the craft beer and wine tasting in the local area.