The Greenwood Guide to New Zealand

Cob Quarters

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Please note that this guide was last updated a few years ago (2009), so there will no doubt be changes in rates and possibly ownership.

Jenny and Roland Mapp
Spray Point Station, 4540 Waihopai Valley Road, RD 6 Blenheim, Marlborough

Tel: + 64 (0)3-572-4222
No cell number available
No fax number available

The majority of the cob cottages that once peppered the historic Marlborough drover’s route have since crumbled, but Spray Point Station stands prouder than ever. Shepherds are not the only ones who have sheltered here over the past century.....

.... Generations of birds, possums and occasional cows that have almost licked the walls down have enjoyed the abandoned years. The Mapps found it in a sickly state, but breathed new life into its mud walls to preserve its rustic charm: drover graffiti is still pencilled onto the walls and the original open fire still burns bright; the intricate swallows’ nests still ornament the corners and old dynamite boxes act as side tables; the lanterns remain too, but with the luxury of electricity burning within. The experience truly amplifies when you use the idyllic open-air shower; continuous hot water rains from a hillside overlooking the swimming-hole-sprinkled Waihopai River. The two open-air, cast-iron baths have the same view. There’s also a barbecue, but Jenny is happy to whip up some high-country fare in your honour. I suggest you work up an appetite first by exploring the station. This is trekking country, so aim for the rewarding summit views of this isolated land inhabited by wild deer, pigs, goats, chamois, kingfishers, plovers and native falcons. This is one of the more treasured places I’ve ever stayed. Book a couple of nights here and you’re really living.

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Symbols: No Smoking    Off-street Parking    No Credit Cards Accepted    Children Welcome    Working Farm    Meals Can Be Provided    Swimming in Pool/Sea/River    Good Hiking or Walking    Fishing    Self-catering Option    Horses available    Historic House    Bird-watching Enthusiasts    
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Rooms: 1 self-contained cottage with queen and four extra sized bunks. Separate bathroom. And an outside shower (possibly one of the best in the country). Limited numbers. Bookings essential.
Prices: Please consult the owners for current prices.
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Meals: Home-made two-course meal, typical of high-country fare is $30 pp and $20 per bottle of good-quality local wine. Catered picnic meals also available by arrangement.
Directions: From Blenheim take State Highway 63 until you reach the Waihopai Valley Road turn-off. Then drive 45km, the last few kms are on gravel road. Look for the big Cob Quarters sign which is the driveway after 4540 Spray Point Station.

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