The Kite

The Kite

Abel Tasman

The Kite is set on Pemako Farm - a magical 25-acre farm in Marahau village in the Tasman region at the top of the South Island. Pemako is approximately 1 hours drive from Nelson City and just 2 km from the entrance to the Abel Tasman National Park.

The Kite is a stunning, architecturally-designed, modern, one-bedroom cabin. It's nestled within its own garden paradise, complete with sensational views, an outdoor eating and lounging area, a hammock for afternoon siestas - and even a swing for delighting your inner child. 

Inside, you'll find a plush king-sized bed with large glass doors out to the views beyond. A kitchenette and small indoor dining and lounging area provide everything you need for prepping and eating meals. A luxurious bathroom features an indoor/outdoor shower - and an outdoor bath with a 'moon pool' window above for star-gazing.

The babbling waters of the Marahau River create a natural farm boundary to the North, and the ever-present vistas of the Abel Tasman National Park are an awe-inspiring backdrop to your stay.

Whether you're looking for a luxurious, romantic escape or simply a special place to stay while exploring the region - The Kite is the ultimate treat for those serious about their R&R!


FROM $430 p/n

Includes use of bikes

  • Sleeps 2
            Winter Escape
      Winter Escape

The Kite is located in Marahau, the gateway to the Abel Tasman National Pack. It's approximately 1 hours drive from Nelson. Kaiteriteri Beach is a 20-minute drive away; Motueka is 30 minutes by car; Nelson City and Airport just over an hour by car; and the Takaka township and Golden Bay are also an hour journey by car.

Directions for getting to The Kite are provided in a pre-arrival email that we send you approximately five days prior to your arrival. Let us know if you would like us to supply you with the directions prior to that time.

Please Note: If you have booked within 5 days and haven't received a pre-arrival email shortly after booking, please email us at

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            Eating and Drinking

    Eating and Drinking

    The Kite is self-catering, so bring your own food and cook with the facilities provided. You'll find a kitchenette stocked with all the cutlery, crockery, pots and pans that you'll need.

    If you're keen to take a break from cooking, there are several options to try including The Park Cafe, located right at the Track entrance, Hooked, on the waterfront and The Fat Tui - offering Gourmet Burgers and Fish and Chips.

    You're best to stop off on your way at a Supermarket for main supplies, but for last-minute provisions, The Abel Tasman Centre at the waterfront has the largest range of food, beverage and general items for sale in Marahau. 

            Things to do

    Things to do

    Soak up the serenity in your private garden or explore the farm... highlights of this gorgeous property include a bamboo forest and trails through native Kanuka trees. There are infinite secluded spots along the river for a refreshing paddle on a hot summer’s day. A quaint stream runs the length of the farm, with copious native birdlife to watch, and horses that are always keen for a cuddle. 

    For rainy days, The Kite has board games, magazines and books AND the extra luxury of SKY TV (with Sports and Movie channels) as well as a DVD player and a selection of movies.

    The farm is a short 5-minute drive by car, or an enjoyable 15-minute bike ride on bikes provided, from the start of the Abel Tasman National Park - with a range of activities and adventure options on offer. From beach horse riding to catamaran sailing, guided walks, kayaks or stand up paddleboards - all of these activities can be organised from Marahau.

            Your Hosts

    Your Hosts

    Tim first travelled to New Zealand from his native Scotland in 1999 and fell in love with the Nelson region after seasonally working in an apple orchard for six months. He always wanted to return to the region that held his heart, and 12 years later in 2011 moved to Nelson to work as an arborist on Heritage trees.

    Brittany visited New Zealand for the first time at the end of 2002 and was completely taken by the charm and beauty of Marahau and the Abel Tasman, and after spending just two nights in Marahau knew she'd found her place. After tying up a few loose ends in her native United States she moved to the region permanently in 2004.

    Brittany purchased the farm at the end of 2005 and named it 'Pemako' - based on a Tibetan word that translates to "Valley that Opens like a Lotus".

    Tim and Brittany met in 2011 in Nelson during the festivities that went along with New Zealand's hosting of the World Cup of Rugby that same year. Fast forward eight years, and not only do they have three wonderful daughters - they have also created The Kite as a way to share their love of this special place with others.

    As their way of giving back to the host country that they now call home, they have a STAY FOR GOOD ethos with The Kite... A minimum of 10% of all their earnings from the Kite is donated to charities in New Zealand.

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