The Resurgence, Abel Tasman National Park, New Zealand
Sitting on the edge of the Abel Tasman and Kahurangi National Parks, The Resurgence balances comfort and tranquillity with strong eco-friendly credentials in a native rainforest setting. It has been ranked among the world’s best eco-lodges, showing that combining strong ethics and luxury isn’t only possible, but leads to a more enriching travel experience.
The main lodge building, as well as the separate guest bush chalets and lodges, have been built using local and recycled materials, and are designed to blend into the natural surroundings, providing you with great views as well as peace and privacy.
While ensuring good practices in resource and waste management, The Resurgence has also set itself apart by contributing positively to the local ecosystem. The team has planted thousands of indigenous trees, irrigated using recycled water from an onsite water treatment plant. These new trees have helped to grow and diversify the resident bird population, providing you with a wealth of bird-spotting opportunities.
Your hosts, Peter and Clare, are keen naturalists, and actively involved in conservation projects including Friends of Flora, which works to release kiwis back into the local area. They’ll be more than happy to share their passion for the native flora and fauna with you.
The properties face north with overhanging roofs to give shade and reduce energy consumption. Inside, each guest room combines natural wood finishings with touches of luxury such as the underfloor heating in the spacious en suite facilities. The self-contained Bush Chalets and Lodges also offer excellent kitchen facilities and barbecues on their decks.
Breakfast provisions are delivered each morning, as well as a few basics to get you started if you’re self-catering. Room bookings within the lodge include breakfast and dinner.
You also have use of a pool and spa pool, and the extensive grounds offer numerous walking trails, from a short stroll through native bush to hear the birds, to longer hikes.
The lodge also works with local education providers to raise awareness of eco-friendly travel and employs local people, where possible.
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Where possible, we like to offer a range of accommodation for each stop of your trip, chosen by our specialists as some of their favorite places to stay. To help you make the right choice, we give each property a rating based on its facilities and service, but we also look for hotels with distinct character or a location that can’t be bettered.
Experiences while staying here
The following activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences of the area where you’re staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident’s eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can also suggest outdoor pursuits and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the traditions of the area’s inhabitants.
The first part of the excursion starts with a cruise up the coastline, passing golden beaches and secluded bays, to Onetahuti (Tonga Bay), where you visit Tonga Island, which is home to the largest seal colony in the park and has many species of sea bird and sometimes Penguins.