Taylor Pass Hut is just 15 minutes from Blenheim, on a property called 'Jentree', in a valley called Taylor Pass. Taylor Pass is one of the last valleys of traditional rugged farming country in Marlborough.
The hut is the perfect romantic couples retreat, set along an avenue of pretty trees, on the banks of the Taylor River.
A stunning example of small space glamping done well, everything in the hut fits neatly into a cosy, functional and beautifully styled space. Each window perfectly frames a view of the surrounding countryside. A door in the main living area leads to a separate bathroom, complete with hot shower and toilet.
Positioned to take in the setting sun at the end of the valley, the outlook is beautiful. Just below, water gently trickles across a rocky river bed. An abundance of fantails will keep you company during the day, with the occasional Tui and Bellbird popping in to visit too. Clear skies, make for unbelievable star-gazing - perfect for outdoor bathing at night.
Whether you're travelling around the South Island, visiting Blenheim for the weekend, or on honeymoon, Taylor Pass Hut is the perfect place to switch off and relax. There's no cell phone service at the hut, and apart from the very occasional car on the road, it's completely tranquil.
When you're not completely blissed out in the comfort of your romantic little hut, the proximity to Blenheim means you can explore all the Marlborough region has to offer. Adventurers can bring their mountain bikes or walking boots and tackle the local tracks, foodies can hit the local cafes, restaurants and bars - and wine lovers can enjoy the many world-class wineries on offer. There's something for everyone!
Rates and Extras
Make sure you download or print this handy info sheet with directions and host contact details prior to your journey. You may not have mobile reception at all times.
The hut sleeps two people in a built-in, slightly elevated queen-size bed. Full linen, towels and bedding are supplied. The sheets are high quality, 100% Egyptian Cotton. The duvet has a woollen inner, with a comforter and extra blanket supplied if needed.
The kitchenfacilities are inside the hut, and include an electric cook-top, toaster and kettle. You'll find all the pots, pans, crockery, cutlery and utensils you'll need to cook. Fresh coffee and tea are supplied. There is bench space for food preparation and hot water for dishes. A small fridge is supplied for cool food storage. The hut has a built in table and chairs for dining.
Outside you'll find a gas BBQ and outdoor table for al fresco dining.
Some pantry basics are provided - tea, coffee, cooking oil, salt and pepper and a small milk.
Breakfast Hampers and a Ploughman's Platter are also available at Taylor Pass Hut, and can be ordered online during the booking process.
The bathroom facilities include a shower and pleasant-to-use composting toilet inside the hut, separated from the main living area by a door. A privacy-screened outdoor bath is just outside the hut with views of the surrounding countryside. Locally and naturally made body wash, lotion, soaps and bubble bath are provided.
There is no Mobile phone reception at the hut itself - but you will find reception available at the top of the hill, a 30-50 minute steep walk. You can also get mobile reception about 5km down the road. There are power outlets in the hut for charging phones.
Taylor Pass Hut is open for Winter stays, but bear in mind that you're booking a small back country escape - without the usual luxuries of a hotel or home. Glamping is still a form of camping!
Taylor Pass Hut has lots of warm bedding, an electric heater in the hut, and lots of other elements to make your stay cosy and atmospheric. If you book a stay in winter, bring your sense of adventure, and be prepared for the elements!
Taylor Pass Hut is adults and couples only accommodation. If you're looking for a safe and family friendly glamping site, check out some of our other Canopy Camping Escapes campsites that are super-safe and fun for kids. You can select 'child-friendly' in the search bar to find these sites easily.
Taylor Pass Hut is tucked into it's own very private spot on the farm. Occasionally you'll notice Justin taking small groups of mountain bikers for lessons on the hill over the river, but that's well away from the hut.
Taylor Hut Pass is a working farm and forestry block, with hazards both farm related (ie. machinery and animals) and natural (ie. Ongaonga/stinging nettle). You'll need to exercise caution, as there are specific water hazards, such as troughs and streams. For your own safety please do not touch any farm machinery, and do not enter any buildings on the property.
Taylor Pass Hut has a strict two night minimum stay period all year round, however where there is a single night gap between bookings, it may be possible to book that single night with a surcharge of $30. If you are interested in this option, please email us with your date request.
Taylor Pass Hut has a standard minimum stay period of two nights on all weekends and during the main summer holiday period ( Dec 20th - Jan 31st). Outside this period, single night stays can be booked during the week (Sun-Thursday) with an additional surcharge of $30. 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.
During the main summer holiday period (Dec 20th - Jan 31st), it may be possible to book a single night where there is a single night gap between bookings, for an additional surcharge of $30. If you are interested in this option, please email us with your date request.
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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).
2.1 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 or date changes by you within 4-21 days of your arrival date will result in 50% of the total cost of your stay being charged. Cancellation or date changes within 3 days of your arrival date will result in 100% of the total cost of your stay being charged.
2.4 Date changes made more than 21 days prior to your original arrival date are allowed without penalty.
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.
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.
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.
Taylor Pass Hut is self-catering for main meals, but does offer a delicious Ploughman's Platter and Breakfast basket. Bring your own food, and cook meals using the facilities provided in the hut. You'll find all the cutlery, crockery, pots and pans that you'll need.
A Countdown supermarket is a 12km (16 minute) drive away and a New World supermarket is a 14km drive away.
If you want a break from cooking at any stage, Blenhiem (a 20 minute drive) and has plenty of fantastic cafes, wineries and restaurants to choose from. You'll find a raft of recommendations from host and foodie, Victoria, in your hut guide!
Things To Do
Taylor Pass Hut is in the heart of the beautiful Marlborough district. If you just want to take time out to chill, you'll love the chance to rest and relax amongst the high country scenery and peaceful surrounds. Soak in the outdoor bath, enjoy a glass of wine or settle in to battle it out over a board game. The property itself has some lovely walking and gorgeous views.
The property itself has some lovely walking and mountain biking tracks and gorgeous views. Guests are welcome to bring the bikes and explore the network of trails the property has on offer or the many other tracks in the region. For horsey types, High Country Horse Treks is just up the road.
The Marlborough Sounds is a 40 minute drive away - you can swim with dolphins, take a boat tour, go fishing, walk a part of the Queen Charlotte track, or go kayaking.
Marlborough is wine country... Make the time to go on a winery tour and enjoy wine tastings and delicious food.
Justin and Victoria will be your hosts at Taylor Pass Hut. They are the recent owners of 'Jentree', the property in the Taylor Pass where their home and hut is situated.
Victoria and Justin have two children, Luca and Annabella.
Victoria originally trained as a nurse, working in Oncology, General Practice and more recently in management. When the opportunity came for the couple to move back to Blenheim she was glad to swap suits and high heels for gumboots and muddy hands. While super busy with the children, Victoria can always find a moment to look after her menagerie of animals (which is rapidly growing) and work in her garden.
Justin’s career as a professional mountain biker has seen them both travelling the world and exploring unique places. He has been racing professionally for 15 years. Despite the travel and stints overseas (with a particular favourite being a period on the Italian Riviera) they always knew that eventually they wanted their home to be New Zealand.
The connection Victoria and Justin have with Jentree is deep rooted. In the early 2000’s the property was nationally renowned for its Mountain Bike tracks, hosting multiple events here. Justin managed to win his first Junior and Pro Elite National titles at the property. When the opportunity came up recently to purchase Jentree they jumped at the chance. It's early days, but they have big plans for the land. The forestry trees are replanted and they plan to regenerate the native bush around the waterways and gullies.
Victoria and Justin have a future vision of shaping Jentree into an adventure playground for their children, and for current and future riders and outdoor enthusiasts once again.
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