Karaka Cottage at The Apple Pickers' Cottages

Cottage | Mapua (Ruby Bay) | #10378

9.9/10 (9 ratings)
  • 4 Guests
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 3 Beds
  • 1 Bathrooms
  • No Kids
  • No Pets
  • No smoking


  • Waterfront setting with fabulous views across the Waimea inlet to the mountains.
  • Five acres of organic vineyard, orchard and regenerating native bush to explore.
  • 5 minutes to cafes, shops and galleries in Mapua village.

Karaka is a stylishly renovated 1950’s apple pickers’ cottage. A large covered verandah and private garden lead to the estuary shore. We have two paddle boards and kayaks which guests are free to use. The outdoor bath is beautiful in the morning with the sun streaming through the trees, amazing on a clear night looking at the stars.

This is a perfect place to come back to after a day exploring the Nelson region. It is also a perfect place to simply enjoy the pleasures of a bach holiday with good books, board games, barbecue, hammock, and endless views to gaze at. Wander around our very special five acres and choose your favourite quiet spot to read or snooze or have a picnic. The well equipped kitchen is great for making the most of the fabulous fresh produce the Nelson region has to offer.

Good cellphone coverage and free Wifi.

We cater to adults and children aged 12 years and older.


  • Barbecue - Gas
  • Barbeque - Charcoal
  • Bath tub
  • DVD player
  • Easy access
  • Electric blankets
  • Fireplace
  • Freeview (TM)
  • Fridge
  • Heat pump - Aircon
  • Highchair
  • Internet (Broadband)
  • Internet (WiFi)
  • Kayak(s)
  • Life jackets
  • Microwave
  • Mobile coverage - Spark
  • Mobile coverage - Vodafone
  • Oven
  • Radio/Hi-Fi/Stereo
  • Shower
  • TV
  • Washing machine
  • Wheelchair access

Bed layouts

  • Bedroom 2

    2 x Single bed

  • Main Bedroom

    1 x King bed

Availability & rates*

Maybe booked

  • Extras: Cleaning FREE (included); Linen FREE (included)
  • Last minute bookings: 10% off for stays over the next 14 nights

Rate period Week day Weekend/Holiday
21-Oct-17 to 31-Oct-17
$250+/night $250+/night
For up to 2 people. Extra occupants: Adults: $15/night;
2 night minimum stay
01-Nov-17 to 30-Apr-18
$325/night $325/night
2 night minimum stay
01-May-18 to 31-Aug-18
$225+/night $225+/night
For up to 2 people. Extra occupants: Adults: $15/night; Children: $15/night;
2 night minimum stay
01-Sep-18 to 31-Oct-18
$250+/night $250+/night
For up to 2 people. Extra occupants: Adults: $15/night;
2 night minimum stay
01-Nov-18 to 31-Dec-18
$325/night $325/night
2 night minimum stay
Default Tariff
01-Jan-19 to 21-Jan-19
$325/night $325/night
2 night minimum stay

*Pricing may vary depending on the dates you choose and the number of guests. Additional charges (extras) and minimum stay criteria may also apply. Service fees may also apply.

Reviews (18)

Stayed here? Add a Review

  • A great getaway

    A great getaway. Beautiful location with lots to see and do within easy driving distance. The cabin was cozy, comfortable. The views were incrdible at any time of day. Watching the tide go out, the sunrise and the many birds come and go was very relaxing. We were able to explore the area and Able Tasman National Park. If we make it back to NZ, we can only hope to stay here again!

    KarlaAlex 100%|1x Sep 2017

  • Recommended, lovely peaceful spot,

    Recommended, lovely peaceful spot,

    CycleMichael 100%|1x Jun 2017

  • A special little house in a truly lovely spot, no glitz, just...

    A special little house in a truly lovely spot, no glitz, just classy comfort and a spectacular view. Great for the kids to roam around (trees laden with apples when we were there), and nice kayaking on the estuary (although probably not so good for swimming). You won't go wrong here.

    gabriellery1 100%|1x Jun 2016

  • We had the best week - such a relaxing spot - can't...

    We had the best week - such a relaxing spot - can't wait to come back.

    JaneW194 100%|32x May 2016

  • Loved the place - both the cottage which was very comfortable and...

    Loved the place - both the cottage which was very comfortable and had everything that you'd want. The beds were very comfortable and the shower was great. Lots of places to sit outside and the views are wonderful. Great location - away from it all and private but close enough to civilisation so that you didn't feel isolated. Absolutely loved it and would go back there again.

    jaypea 100%|1x Apr 2016

From $225 NZD per night*
Select your dates for a quote

Traveller Protection

Book and pay online for our
Book with Confidence Guarantee™

More info

About the Owner/Manager, Elspeth

Member since Mar 2010
Responds the same day

Profile image
View profile