A luxury wilderness lodge close to Abel Tasman
- Outdoor pool
- Hot tub
- Fitness centre
- Hiking trails
- Mountain biking
- Bird watching
- Day trips
Set in 50 acres (22 hectares) of native bush with lengthy hiking tracks to explore, and on the edge of two stunning national parks – Abel Tasman and Kahurangi – The Resurgence is a luxury eco-lodge that encapsulates the New Zealand wilderness.
There are six self-contained Bush Suites and four boutique rooms in the main lodge building, all of which have incredible views of the forests and mountains that surround the lodge. Carefully constructed as to minimise the impact on the natural environment, this lodge features recycled timbers and low hanging ceilings to reduce heating and cooling needs.
There’s a saltwater swimming pool, spa and gym, with bikes to borrow and a selection of massages are available, allowing you to relax after a day out exploring the neighbouring parks or perhaps following the art, wine and cycling trails around the Nelson region.
Meals here are a real highlight with delicious, local produce from the garden and local area, prepared in the comfort of your chalet. Alternatively, you can enjoy a BBQ on your own deck with a glass of New Zealand wine as the sun goes down.
The Resurgence is set in 50 acres of regenerating native rain forest. Since 2003, the lodge has planted several thousand native trees, which have been eco-sourced from local suppliers. The resort also selected species, which provide food and shelter for native birds and have reduced predator numbers (stoats, rats and possum) through an extensive and ongoing control programme, resulting in a healthy bird population in both quantity and variety of species. This is assisting with plant regeneration as birds such as the keruru will visit the neighbouring Kahurangi National Park and bring back native seeds.
The lodge and bush suites have been designed to both blend into the native bush and to minimise their resource usage. Buildings are north facing with large overhanging roofs and shading so as to reduce heating and cooling needs. Local renewable timbers have been used, some sourced from their own property, with natural wool block insulation. All rooms are designed to have natural airflow to obviate the need for air-conditioning. Recycled timbers have been used in the main lodge together with local wool carpets and fabrics. The lodge employed local tradesmen for the construction and ongoing preventative maintenance of the lodge and suites to support the local economy.
A supporter of the local community
The lodge works with a number of local education providers (NMIT, ATET) to expose tourism students to a world standard eco-lodge. Activities vary but have included tree planting and an awareness of the importance of sustainable tourism. The Resurgence also works as business mentors with a range of local firms on a voluntary basis. They help new or struggling firms to understand their business drivers and to help them improve their business practices and profitability. Each year they put several hundred thousand dollars into the local economy, employ local staff wherever possible, use local suppliers and recommend local operators to guests.
This eco-lodge monitors waste leaving the property and implements extensive waste avoidance, reduction and recycling processing. Much of the food is grown on-site or sourced locally so packaging is minimised. Staff and guests are encouraged to recycle and compost using stations sited centrally and in each guest room. Any remaining waste is compacted.
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