Pihopa Retreat


Enjoying beautiful views of Nelson city and the sprawling ocean, Pihopa Retreat is a boutique hotel that was once a Bishop's Residence in 1858. Now, with influences of history alongside luxurious amenities, you can enjoy an unforgettable New Zealand escape with this historic retreat.

Why you'll love it here

  • Discover the unique and fascinating history of the retreat that started as a Bishop’s Residence in 1858
  • Indulge in complimentary canapes and pre-dinner drinks at the pool house
  • Enjoy treats on your balcony from your in-room mini-bar, stocked with wine, liquors and snacks
  • A complimentary taxi service is offered to downtown Nelson for dinner


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Included in your holiday

  • Lounge passes and meet & greet service in UK airports
  • Transfers to and from your hotel
  • All flight luggage allowances
  • Personal concierge service
  • 24/7 assistance when travelling
  • Full ATOL protection

Full accommodation information

Located just a five-minute drive from South Island’s city of Nelson, Pihopa Retreat is the ideal base from which to explore the surrounding boutique wineries, art galleries, scenic cycle routes and Abel Tasman National Park. Plus, despite being so close to the city, the hotel's setting among peaceful greenery makes you feel like you're in a hidden oasis in total tranquillity. 

Perched on a 5.5-acre garden, this historic boutique hotel features six elegantly designed suites that offer picturesque views and a relaxing atmosphere to unwind in. Sarah Mellor and her family are the dedicated private owners of the former Bishop’s residence, Pihopa Retreat, and they have perfected every detail to provide complete tranquillity. Each suite features comforting furnishings as well as a balcony that allows for calming mornings soaking up the views and fresh air of the South Island. From here, you'll have views over the historic chapel, main residence and the pool area. Plus, you can indulge on the delightful treats from your fully-stocked in-room mini bar.

When you’re not enjoying the luxurious amenities of the hotel, venture out and explore what New Zealand’s South Island and Nelson has to offer. From immersing in the food and art scenes of the city to taking in the natural beauty of surrounding National Parks and beautiful beaches, you’re in the best place for an outdoor adventure. 

The Hobhouse Suite

The Hobhouse Suite

Opt for this suite if you’re travelling as a couple. The Hobhouse Suite features comforting amenities that offers ultimate peace and luxury. Enjoy peaceful mornings on your private balcony or with a swim in your outdoor pool and end your days in front of the welcomed heat of the fireplace in the living area.
The Eaton Suite

The Eaton Suite

Upgrade your luxurious suite to The Eaton Suite that boasts a well-equipped kitchenette, perfect for making some light breakfast and Nespresso coffee that you can enjoy on your private deck. Of an evening, enjoy a relaxing drink in your jacuzzi bath, or snuggle up and watch some Netflix shows in your spacious lounge.
The Hilliard Suite

The Hilliard Suite

The Hilliard Suite is the largest out of all suites, and boasts the best views of Nelson City and the ocean. Spend divine evenings on the balcony with a glass of your choice of drink, and watch the sun set over the city before the moon lights up the waves of the sea.
The Sadlier Suite

The Sadlier Suite

Named after William Sadlier, the fourth Anglican Bishop of Nelson, you can enjoy the luxurious amenities of this cosy suite. From a well-equipped kitchenette to a welcoming jacuzzi bath and fireplace, you’re in the best suite for comfort.
The Sutton Suite

The Sutton Suite

The Sutton Suite was named after the eighth Bishop of Nelson, Peter Eves Sutton. Choose this suite for spacious luxury, featuring a large bathroom, living area and bedroom, plus a wardrobe and kitchenette.
The Suter Suite

The Suter Suite

Relax in the charm of the Suter Suite, decorated in natural tones and offering leather furniture for ultimate comfort. End your days in front of the fireplace, warming up for a cosy sleep in your super-king bed.
  • Gym/fitness centre
  • Interconnecting rooms
  • Outdoor/heated swimming pool
  • Hot tub

Exploring South Island

Pihopa Retreat is in the perfect place for you to venture out and explore the attractions that New Zealand’s Nelson has to offer. Nelson is located at the peak of the South Island, and it’s a place that welcomes all. It doesn’t matter if you’re seeking relaxation or adventure, there’s plenty for you to do to indulge your needs.

The South Island is a celebration of the outdoors, and there’s plenty of adventures for you to embark on. Three National Parks are located at the top of the South Island, and they make for an excellent daytrip filled with natural beauty and plenty of activities to enjoy from mountain biking and walking routes.

Be sure to enjoy a day at the beach. Nelson Tasman is usually warm all-year round, perfect for coastal fun. From swimming in the sea to kayaking and paddleboarding, you won’t be short of things to do.

Don’t miss out on the fascinating culture and arts scene. There is a world-renowned artist community in Nelson, making it a vibrant city that showcases superb talent. You can even explore it all by hiring a bike and riding through the art trails, visiting local art studios.

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  • Time zone: +13 GMT
  • Flight time: 25 hours
  • Recommended airlines: Air New Zealand, Emirates, Singapore Airlines, Qatar Airlines
  • Currency: New Zealand Dollar
  • Tipping guideline: Optional, but not expected
  • Health considerations: No major health risks.
  • Capital: Wellington
  • Population: 5,269,938
  • National languages: English, Maori
  • Electricity and plugs: Type I (V), 230V
  • Mobile phone coverage: Good coverage
  • UK passport visa requirements: You need an ETA for New Zealand if you have a British passport - apply online

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