Kissing Gate

Kissing Gate

Nelson

Kissing Gate is nestled on a 7 acre farmlet, set amongst a glade beside a pond, surrounded by grazing sheep, fields and organic orchards. Based in the beautiful Mapua district, it's just 30 minutes from the centre of Nelson, 15 minutes to Motueka, and 30 minutes to Abel Tasman National Park.

Kissing Gate is made up of a Settlers' Cottage with a luxurious camp bathroom and quirky kitchen/lounge area full of cool collectables, as well as two uniquely styled vintage caravans, Ruby and Pearl. Ruby is the bedroom caravan - quaint and charming - offers a step back into an elegant colonial past, complete with super-comfortable queen size bed. Award-winning Pearl is the lounging caravan, like a 1960s Kiwi milk bar, with a booth style table and comfortable seating - a cheerful alternative lounging space to relax after a day exploring the region.

The view from Kissing Gate is across a pond to farmland beyond. The semi-rural property is peaceful and relaxing with an abundance of birdlife; from tui in the kowhai to kereru, quail, and kingfisher. In summer, finches and skylarks abound. A humid night will bring the sound of frogs from the newly planted flax-edged pond. 

Kissing Gate is glamping with a touch of whimsy.  A quaint and beautiful setting, intriguing sculptures, creative artifacts, antiques to admire and romantic hints will delight guests. An outdoor fireplace with 'sleeper' seating, an original 'toastie pie' maker, and a claw-foot bath for two on the jetty over the pond add to the magic. The actual 'kissing gate' (the entrance into the glade) sits underneath mistletoe beside heritage hydrangeas and curving paths. The convenient combination of semi-rural farm life and proximity to Nelson's beach, cafe, artisans, winery and rural cycling hub of Mapua makes for the best of all worlds - a highly unique campsite.

As well as Kissing Gate and the lovely Ruby and Pearl, there is Corru Gate, a rural chic 3 bedroom cottage, and Copper Gate, a four bedroom eco-house situated elsewhere on the 7 acre property. Plenty of room for the whole extended family to visit too!

FROM $185 p/n

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197 Seaton Valley Rd, Mapua, Nelson

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Kissing Gate is based in the Mapua district, 30 minutes from the centre of Nelson, and 15 minutes to Motueka.

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  • Eating and Drinking

    Kissing Gate is self-catering, and everything you need to be able to cook is provided. If you fancy a break from cooking - Nelson's best restaurants are just 3km away at Mapua seaside village.

    There is a large organic citrus orchard and pipfruit orchard right beside Kissing Gate on the 7 acre farm. Fresh free-range eggs from the Kissing Gate chickens may be available. Word has it that the field mushrooms in autumn are to die for!

  • Things To Do

    A stay at Kissing Gate can be as relaxing or as action packed as you feel like. Relax at the campsite in the outdoor bath, or savouring a glass of wine by the pond. Or head out to enjoy the sights and activities that the region has to offer.

    In the local area you could wander the Mapua coastal walk or cycle the famous Great Taste Trail. Explore the Mapua village or the cafes, potteries, wineries, artisans along roads and trails using the route guides available. Roger and Adele offer free half-day use of their standard bikes and also have electric-assist bikes also available.

    Make a visit to the historical thatched settlers’ cottage at Mahana or investigate the ‘rock’pools and bush walks at McKee Domain. Walk from McKee to Kina Peninsula at low tide - and rest up at Jester House Cafe (wacky art, eel feeding, great food) on the way back.

    At night, check out the glow-worms on the walkway below Pine Hill Heights.

    A little further afield, you can cool off at lovely rivers or at Rabbit Island. The World of Wearable Arts in Nelson is worth a visit as are the Saturday markets in Nelson or the Sunday market in Motueka.

    The Kahurangi National Park and Abel Tasman National Park are within the wider region and for those that fancy a drive - gorgeous Golden Bay is just over an hour away. 

  • Your Hosts

    Your hosts while at Kissing Gate are Roger Waddell and Adele Smith.

    Adele and Roger share a small 7 acre (2.4ha) farm with sheep, chickens, cats, numerous frogs, many varieties of birds, and also at times with their adult children, Rowan and Briar. They are Kiwis who've lived in the Nelson / Tasman area now for over 20 years and have extensive knowledge of local places and activities that might interest you for your Kissing Gate stay. They've grown very fond of their slice of coastal, rural paradise, and often remind themselves about how lucky they are to live there. Roger and Adele enjoy everything from sea-kayaking on the Mapua Estuary, cycling the Great Taste Trail, cruising art galleries to having great coffee locally with friends, and heading out to movies and events.