Split Apple Retreat

Location: West Coast & Abel Tasman National Park | New Zealand

Price guide: £££££ £200-£350 per person per night

Towering above Tasman Bay at the northern tip of New Zealand’s South Island, the stylish Split Apple Retreat commands stunning views over the Abel Tasman National Park. Rooms have a contemporary Japanese design, and gourmet cuisine is served up with an emphasis on flavour and nutrition. The hotel’s location is perfect for exploring the walking trails and wildlife-rich coastal scenery of this beautiful region.
Perfect forExploring Tasman Bay in style.
In the know
  • Sitting on the fringes of Abel Tasman National Park
  • Gourmet, nutrition-focused cuisine
  • ikinHiking, swimming with seals and dolphin-spotting among the activities on offer
  • Cooking classes and private yoga tuition

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Hotel Overview

Sense of place

Tasman Bay is an area of great natural beauty, with golden beaches lining the coast and forest-covered mountains rearing up just inland. Split Apple’s décor reflects the organic nature of its surroundings with extensive use of wood, and large windows allow you to enjoy the view from the comfort of your own room.

Rooms at Split Apple Retreat

Split Apple’s rooms are stylish and contemporary in design, with all featuring extensive use of wood and glass and affording beautiful views over the bay through floor-to-ceiling windows and private decks. The Fuji and Lotus rooms are Japanese-style oceanfront rooms with wood panelling throughout and Japanese granite baths, two private decks and gardens. The Rainbow room is split over two levels, and the sofa in the lounge can be converted to an extra bed.

Food and drink

Split Apple’s gourmet cuisine is based on a dual emphasis on flavour and nutrition, with dishes jointly devised by a doctor specialising in nutrition and an expert chef. Making the most of the natural bounty of the nearby ocean and the fertile land surrounding the hotel, ingredients are fresh and seasonal, and you can look forward to enjoying dishes such as wild salmon teriyaki with green salad. Cooking lessons are also on offer, so you can learn how to cook this delicious, nutritious food for yourself at home.


A range of wellness treatments are on offer to help you relax and recharge, from deep tissue massage to private yoga tuition. The hotel features a stylish and well-equipped gym, and rooftop plunge and infinity pools; there’s even a small cinema where you can enjoy a range of films. Please note that children under the age of 12 are not permitted at the hotel.

Activities at Split Apple Retreat

Split Apple sits on the border of the Abel Tasman National Park, a beautiful oceanfront wilderness area comprising mountains, forest and beaches. A range of activities can be organised, either led by a private expert guide or enjoyed on your own; these include sea kayaking, swimming with seals, and dolphin-spotting. Horse riding and mountain biking are great ways to explore the park on land, while there are also a range of famous walking trails, which can be explored entirely on foot or via heli-hiking.

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Hotel location

Split Apple is around 50 minutes’ drive from Nelson Airport, which welcomes regular flights from Auckland (1.5hrs), Christchurch (50mins), and Wellington (40mins).

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