Fossickers Hut, Marlborough
Fossickers Hut is situated near small, historic, gold-mining town, Canvastown, on the main route to Nelson from either Picton or Blenhiem. It's a convenient one hour from Nelson, and 40 minutes from Blenheim.
Staying at Fossickers Hut is like taking a step back in time. Canvastown was once a popular goldmining town, and remnants of the gold workings surrounding the hut, are reminiscent of a time when the valley was populated by 2000 gold prospectors. The pioneer-style of Fossickers Hut was designed by artistic owners, Craig and Jodie, as a nod to these early settlers.
The single-roomed hut is tucked into native bush, perched on a bluff above the serene Wakamarina River. Beautiful handcrafted features fill the little space, right down to the ceramic light shades and hand-made-by-Jodie individual plates and bowls in the camp kitchen. An old coal range in the lean-to kitchen, and outdoor, fire-heated bath, adds to the historic vibe. Inside the hut, a wood-burning stove and a comfortable queen-size bed create a cosy, inviting space. A roof loft, accessed by ladder, is an adventurous sleeping spot for the kids.
Bird lovers will delight in the cheeky native weka, and abundance of fantails, tui, woodpigeon and morepork in the bush surrounds. At night, discover the secret grotto near the hut, which reveals walls of glow worms - before a soak in the outdoor bath under a sky covered in stars.
There are plenty of activities available too! Bring your snorkel and explore the underwater world of the crystal clear river, or just enjoy a peaceful dip in the cool, fresh water. Grab a pan and try your luck with gold panning. Mountain bikers can bring their bikes and challenge themselves on the "best one day ride in New Zealand", the Wakamarina Track at the end of the valley. Or those that prefer feet to wheels can enjoy a 2 hour loop bush track. Nearby Havelock is the gateway to Pelorus Sound... River rafting, kayaking and boating is all available within a 15 minute drive.
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Check Availability and Book - Fossickers Hut, Marlborough
A 10% deposit is charged during the booking process. The deposit is non-refundable, however it can be transferred to another booking made within a 12 month period, if your stay is cancelled more than 3 weeks prior to your arrival.
Fossicker's Hut has a standard minimum stay period of two nights for weekends, and one night for midweek nights (Sunday - Thursday). There is a single night surcharge of $40. If you only want one midweek night, please select this option during the booking process.
Rates and Extras
MINIMUM STAY PERIODS
Fossickers Hut has a standard minimum stay period of two nights for weekends and one night for midweek nights (Sunday - Thursday). The minimum booking period for long weekends such as Labour Weekend, Anniversary Weekend etc is 3 nights. The minimum booking period for Easter is 4 nights.
Peak Season (1 Nov - 30 April)
The standard nightly rate for two or more night stay is $230 per night for up to two people
Up to two extra children can be accommodated in the loft for $20 per child, per night.
Off-Peak Season (1 May - 31 Oct)
The standard nightly rate for a two or more night stay is $190 per night for up to two people.
Up to two extra children can be accommodated in the loft for $20 per child, per night.
One night stays during the week (Sunday - Thursday) are allowed, but there is an additional surcharge of $40.
HOW TO BOOK AND PAY
The quickest way to check availability and book is by using our online booking calendar. This is always up-to-date. Find the date that suits you, then click Book Now. You'll be taken through the booking process in a few easy steps.
During the booking process, you’ll be asked to pay a 10% non-refundable deposit to secure your booking. Once you've completed the booking process and deposit payment, you'll receive a confirmation email. This explains how to pay the remainder of your balance, which is due 4 weeks prior to your arrival date. If you’ve booked within this timeframe, the full balance will be due straight away. We’ll provide bank account details for payment by Internet Banking deposit in the email, and we also provide a secure link so you can opt to pay by credit card. Credit card payments incur a 2.5% surcharge.
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Access to Fossickers Hut is by a short but steep walking track. Your car will be parked in a safe car park on the property and all your luggage and supplies will be transported up the hill by your hosts, Craig and Jodie. The walk requires a moderate level of fitness! It takes about 10 minutes. It can get muddy, especially in the Spring, Winter and Autumn months, so make sure you bring some appropriate footwear and a sense of adventure. On departure, your gear will be transported back down the track for you.
CHECK IN & CHECK OUT
- Check in is between 3pm and 7pm on the day of arrival (you'll be asked to provide an estimated time of arrival a couple of days prior to your stay).
- Check out is by 11am on the day of departure.
SLEEPING & BED ARRANGEMENT
Fossickers Hut is a small timber pioneer style hut. It has a queen bed, and a loft accessed by a ladder with 2 extra squabs, perfect for children.
We think the Fossickers Hut best suits either a couple, or a family of up to 4.
Fossickers Hut is completely off-the-grid. Energy for hot water and cooking is supplied via LPG gas bottles. Solar power provides lighting and a pot belly stove provides warmth.
The camp bathroom facilities consist of an outdoor shower heated by a gas califont, a wood-fired bath and a pleasant-to-use composting toilet.
The kitchen is a lean-to, partly open air space with a gas ring and a coal range for cooking. There is bench space for food preparation and hot water for dishes.
Cool food storage is a chilly-bin in the camp kitchen. Replacement cold packs for longer stays will be provided.
Spark mobile phone reception can usually be found on the driveway, otherwise Canvastown, 5km away would be your nearest reception point. Phones can be charged at the hut via the solar power source.
Full linen, towels and bedding is supplied, although we encourage you to bring sleeping bags for children.
Queen beds are made up with 100% cotton linen. All beds have either wool or feather duvets.
WHAT TO BRING
- Food and drink - make sure you bring all the food and drink you need for your stay, including tea, coffee, cooking oil etc.
- Walking shoes or boots for walking up up to the hut and exploring the property.
- Warm clothes - it can be very chilly in the mornings and at night. A warm jersey and long pants are a must.
- Shower and bath toiletries - don’t forget your eco-friendly bubble bath if you’re partial to froth in your outdoor bath!
- Insect repellent and sunscreen - A must have! (Jodie makes a really effective all natural ingredients insect repellent which is for sale at the hut for $10 a jar)
- Towels for swimming.
The property is a large, wild and bush clad property, so it’s very important to follow the safety guidelines and terms that you’ll find in our booking terms and in your guide found inside the hut.
488 Wakamarina Road
Print out the Fossickers Hut info sheet with address, arrival instructions, host contact details, and Google Map directions, for your drive.
Eating and Drinking
Fossickers Hut is self-catering. Just bring your own food and chilly-bin, and cook meals using the coal range and facilities provided in your camp kitchen. You'll find all the cutlery, crockery, pots and pans that you'll need.
If you want a break from cooking at any stage, Canvastown is 5 minutes away and Havelock is just a 15 minute drive. Havelock has plenty of cafes and restaurants to choose from.
A 4 Square shop for supplies can be found in Havelock, and a supermarket in Blenheim (40 minutes drive).
Things To Do
AT THE HUT...
- Relax in the outdoor bath
- Battle it out over a board game
- Swim in the swimming hole and try your hand at gold panning with the special pans provided
- Rest, read, relax and enjoy the native birds and peaceful surrounds.
FROM THE PROPERTY...
- Jump on the bikes provided and take an easy ride to the end of the valley (a 15km ride)
- Go on a fantastic 2 hour loop walk through beautiful native bush at the end of the valley
- Check out the historic gold trail nearby, complete with interesting information panel describing the history.
- For keen mountain bikers, Wakamarina Track at the end of the valley is also an epic mountain bike ride and "the best one day ride in New Zealand" according to cycling gurus, the Kennett brothers. Craig and Jodie can drop off riders at the other end (Blenheim way), so you can do the ride and end up back at the hut.
IN THE LOCAL AREA...
- Visit Havelock township (15 minutes drive away), and gateway to Pelorus Sound for kayaking and boating.
- Give river rafting a try! (Havelock also has a river rafting company.)
- Pelorous Bridge is 10 minutes drive away, and you'll find a cafe and great easy bush walks in a prime example of virgin bush.
Craig and Jodie moved from the Otago Peninsula to the Wakamarina Valley in 2011. They purchased their river side property as a bare block of land, freshly carved off an existing farm. Since then, they've developed it into a beautiful self-sufficient lifestyle block.
Jodie is a ceramic artist and part time farmer, and Craig is a jeweller and builder.
Jodie and Craig believe in keeping life real and making the most of where they live. They live as self sufficiently as possible. They grow most of their own food, and produce their own power through solar panels and a small home built hydro generator. They keep sheep, geese, chickens and pig, and catch fish frequently in the Marlborough Sounds.
Fossicker's Hut has been created by this talented couple with creativity and flair. It's an eclectic mix of recycled materials, collected over years. Jodie and Craig were keen to acknowledge the craftsmanship of days gone by in its construction - and they have achieved a completely charming and peaceful retreat with the outcome.
1. Booking and payments
1.1 A deposit of 10% is required to confirm your booking and secure the property. This will be charged to your credit card at the time of booking. A 2.5% credit card payment surcharge will be applied to this payment.
1.2 On receipt of the deposit, you will receive an email confirming both the payment and your booking details.
1.3 The remaining balance will be due 4 weeks in advance of your arrival date. An email reminder will be sent to you 3 days prior to this date, where an outstanding balance remains. The reminder email gives you the option to pay the remaining balance by internet banking or, if your internet banking payment has not been received within 48 hours, the remaining balance will automatically be charged to the credit card used at the time of booking. Please note: a 2.5% credit card payment surcharge is applied to all payments made by credit card. Credit card data is held in a secure and encrypted environment.
1.4 Bookings made within 4 weeks in advance of your arrival date will be charged the full balance at the time of booking (this may be processed in two payments).
1.5 If you are unable to pay the balance before the stated due date, you will forfeit your deposit and your booking will be cancelled.
1.6 Bookings made online within 48 hours of arrival will not be confirmed immediately. Once the campsite has agreed that the booking can be honoured, the guest will be informed by Canopy Camping Escapes and the credit card used for the online booking will be charged the full balance of the stay (note that there is a 2.5% credit card fee).
2. Cancellation and severe weather warnings
2.1 Some campsites may have limitations due to weather. If severe weather is forecast we will call you as soon as possible prior to your scheduled arrival date to advise you and cancel your booking. You can choose whether to defer your holiday to a later date subject to availability or receive a full refund.
2.2 Your 10% deposit is non-refundable, however it can be transferred to another booking made within a 12 month period, if your stay is cancelled more than 3 weeks prior to your arrival.
2.3 Cancellation by you within 4-21 days of your arrival date will result in 50% of the total cost of your stay being charged. Cancellation within 3 days of your arrival date will result in 100% of the total cost of your stay being charged.
3. Safety and Hazards
3.1 Campsites are often situated on working farms and there are hazards both natural and man-made. You accept that you enter the property at your own risk to participate in a glamping holiday.
3.2 Participation in activities such as, outdoor baths, climbing trees, walking on the property and any other activity on the property is the responsibility of the Guest and is done so at their own risk.
3.3 Canopy Camping Escapes accept no liability for accident, loss of property or personal injury whilst on your stay.
No pets allowed. Campsites are often situated on working farms, and therefore are not suitable for visiting pets.
GST of 15% (where applicable) is included in the daily per night cost. A GST invoice will be supplied if requested.
6. The Holiday – Guest Conditions of occupancy and Conduct
6.1 The Guests have the right to occupy the Property for the paid holiday period only.
6.2 Guests are required to observe the rules and familiarise themselves with the procedures contained in the information folder provided in the tent.
6.3 Guests shall take all reasonable and proper care of the property and its furniture, fittings and effects in or on the property and leave them in the same state of repair, condition, cleanliness and tidiness as at the commencement of the rental period.
6.4 Guests are required to inform the owner of any damage or breakage in or around the property promptly so that it can be repaired and replaced for the next guests. Guests are bound to reimburse the owners for replacement, repair or extra cleaning costs where reasonably demanded by the owners for damage caused by the guests.
6.5 Smoking is not permitted anywhere on the property.
6.6 Guests undertake to behave in a proper, appropriate and legal manner with due respect to the Owner, the Property and other guests and their property. If any guest behaves inappropriately or improperly (of which the Owner will be the final judge on their Property), or illegally, the Owner reserves the right to ask the guest and their party (at their discretion) to leave the Property before the end of the holiday period. Any refund for so doing will be at the entire discretion of the Owner in consulation with Canopy Camping Escapes.
7. Authority to Sign
The person who completes the Booking Form certifies that: he or she is authorised to agree the Booking Conditions on behalf of all persons included in the Booking Form, including those substituted or added at a later date; the signatory is over eighteen years of age; they agree to take responsibility for the party occupying the Property, and to notify Canopy Camping Escapes if they are not a member of the holiday party.
Comments from our guests
The guest comments we publish on this page come from a feedback survey that we send every guest after their stay at Fossicker's Hut. We publish these comments verbatim.
"The Guest Book said it all. Unqualified praise. Every word deserved. A gem. Simple, but you felt you were experiencing something very special. You were."
Rupert H (9 February 2017)
"My partner and I loved this hut. We were here for two days and had a lovely, relaxing time. Make sure you enjoy the bath!
The river was gorgeous and an invigorating dip! We particularly enjoyed sitting amongst the vibrant glowworm community just down the path from the hut each night. Enjoy your stay!"
Ben (23 January 2017)
"Out of this world! Such an unique and wonderful place to stay. Our 3 yr old didn't want to leave and neither did we."
(13 January 2017)
"We absolutely loved our stay at Fossicker's Hut. A stunning location by the river and the perfect place for our two teenagers to be without wifi for a few days - they had a great time! A beautifully built hut, we loved the luxury of a hot shower, outdoor bath and comfortable bed. Will recommend this glamping spot to our friends. Many thanks, Baz and Karen."
Baz and Karen (11 January 2017)
"Such a stunning, magical spot. So peaceful. Great way to unwind and relax"
Mallory (29 December 2016)
"A magical and surreal stay in an amazingly crafted and cosy hut."
Emma (26 December 2016)
"This place is truly a unique experience. My family including my 3 young kids enjoyed themselves. Being city kids, there were completely thrilled with the fire place, their sleeping loft, and the river for gold panning. I would highly recommend for anyone who wants a different vacation experience. Craig and Jodie were fantastic hosts and patient with all our questions. It was such a delight."
Andrew (21 December 2016)
"Magical location, outstanding views, safe haven. An experience of a lifetime."
Elysia Hutchings (6 December 2016)
"A beautiful and peaceful hut to enjoy the sounds of nature."
It was such a beautiful place to be part of. From the amazing hut to the river below, to the bird song, we have never found a place that we could truly relax until we walked down the path to paradise. Lighting a fire to heat the bath and having no internet or TV may not be everyone's dream, but I can assure you when you reach the main road after your stay Facebook and the World Wide Web will still be there waiting for you - much to our dismay... The hosts were brilliant and they just said goodbye and left you alone..... A must try and much loved."
Mike and Nik (22 October 2016)
"A truly unique and special experience. We had a totally relaxing time in paradise. Thank you Craig and Jodie xxx"
Bron Williams (17 October 2016)
"Fossicker's Hut was a amazing getaway for us. We loved every minute of being there and everything was so well thought out and the attention to detail was incredible. The hosts are so welcoming and the baskets full of firewood ready to use was really nice!
It was quiet and you wouldn't think you were completely off-grid. We loved our night there, although far too short and would definitely recommend others to stay at this beautiful oasis!!"
Ebony and Jason (15 October 2016)
"Staying at Fossicker's Hut is a completely unique, rustic and yet homely and totally relaxing experience. Sitting in the hot tub under stars with the sound of the river below is a memory that will stay with me forever."
(7 October 2016)
"In all honesty words cannot express how amazing our experience was at Fossickers Hut. It felt like we were in our own little world and we would highly recommend to anyone and we will be back again."
Simon and Anna (6 September 2016)
"We absolutely loved our time at Fossickers Hut, and will certainly be back again. Thank you so much Craig & Jodie for sharing your haven with us."
Dan and Ash (7 August 2016)
"Without a doubt the most beautiful place I have ever stayed!"
Emma (6 August 2016)
"This is the perfect lovers retreat and away from technology! Make sure you have a bath it couldn't be more relaxing with the cold night air."
Ameliaranne and Damien Ekenasio (13 July 2016)
"We really enjoyed out time at Fossickers Hut for our 21st wedding anniversary. It is a great place to reconnect with nature, relax and get away from it all. My hubby loved the various indoor and outdoor fires, while the beautiful outdoor bath tub was a highlight for me! What a magic spot Jodie and Craig - many thanks!"
(31 May 2016)
"A wonderful weekend (or longer if you can) retreat and such a short hop from Nelson or Blenheim. Perfect in any season. Stunning walks and swimming in summer and sitting around the many fireplaces in winter listening to the river is incredibly relaxing."
(17 May 2016)
"A perfect spot to recharge."
Sharon Evans (16 May 2016)
"If you want to get away from it all this is the place for sure. The valley and surrounding area is great too."
Geoff and Jacqueline (4 May 2016)
"Fantastic hosts, a truly beautiful peaceful environment and such a perfect little hut.A great place to explore the stunning bush further up the valley if you are into tramping.The river is magical."
The Bartrum Family (2 May 2016)
"Beautiful, relaxing place to stay. The outdoor bath is magic. Absolutely loved the quiet, and was very private. We would happily stay there again."
(30 April 2016)
"Our stay was really nice. Such a wonderful and isolated little spot. Great for relaxing and unwinding."
(18 April 2016)
"Absolutely perfect for a relaxing break."
(5 April 2016)
"A unique, tranquil spot, enhanced by the love and detail of two very skilled people. A true treasure. Loved every bit of it."
Jo (30 March 2016)
"A stunning location. The hut was true craftsmanship, all the little details made it. You couldn't get better."
Dave and Sue Monahan (23 March 2016)
"Accommodations were comfortable and well laid out. Jodie and Craig were fabulous to talk with. We had the opportunity to spend a little extra time with Jodie the morning we left which was really special."
Larry and Lee Chillemi (16 March 2016)
"Everything was well thought of and Craig and Jodie have done a fantastic job. It's very basic and the real highlight was being able to relax in amongst the wonderful scenery. What we enjoyed most was no reception or phones or people contacting us, so we were just able to enjoy the surroundings and beauty that this majestic location has to offer. Would recommend this experience to anyone."
Bede and Brooke (15 March 2016)
"If you are looking for an idyllic hideaway in paradise, then plan a stay at Fossicker's Hut."
Shelley Paul (24 February 2016)
"Wonderful place to relax and enjoy a different experience."
Kate Deans (23 February 2016)
"A lovely idyllic setting to get away from it all. The accommodation, setting & hosts were fantastic."
Jim & Marilyn Finer (14 February 2016)
"Took my girlfriend to Fossiker's during a roadtrip. In her words, it was "the most romantic night of her life" and all I had to do was book it! Will definately be taking her back there in future."
Craig Mackay (21 January 2016)
"In one word: Stunning. This is, without a doubt, the most beautiful place I have ever stayed in my life. Every detail was so thoughtful and well done. Craftsmanship at it's finest. We loved everything! The Fossicker's Hut is so magical, we could have stayed here forever. It was definitely the highlight of our trip. Craig and Jodie are the best hosts we could have asked for. We were so happy we found this place and will definitely come back to stay during our next visit to New Zealand!"
Veronica & Justin (17 January 2016)
"We really loved our stay at Fossickers Hut. After driving around most of the South Island for 7 days prior it was great to stay hear and just switch off from the outside world and relax. The attention to detail and effort that Craig and Jodie have put not only into the Hut but also into the entire experience is excellent. The private walk down to the hut showcases the many treasures of their property. The hut has been excellently put together, there was nothing more that we wanted or needed during our stay. The highlight definitely is the bath, the beautiful scenery and sounds help you relax as you soak in the fire warmed water. The location of the hut is perfect as well as it is a short trip to Nelson or the Marlborough region."
Mitchell (5 January 2016)
"Without a doubt the most peaceful and relaxing place we have ever stayed. The owners Craig and Jodie have put so much hard work and creativity into creating a one of a kind experience, we will be back and highly recommend it to everyone."
Jason Currie (4 January 2016)
"Thanks for an amazing stay - absolute paradise and well worth the drive from Christchurch - so many little details were well done - Craig and Jodie were lovely - highly recommend."
Katrina & James (31 December 2016)