Abel Tasman National Park

Split Apple Retreat


A wellness haven

Split Apple Retreat is an intimate contemporary lodge and wellness retreat located on the edge of the Abel Tasman National Park built by a couple wanting to provide a restorative oasis at one of the most beautiful spots on earth.

There are just three suites – Lotus, Rainbow and Fuji – each with two private decks with fragrant gardens overlooking the sea. The lodge also has a saltwater infinity pool, spa, sauna, yoga pavilion and a Japanese art collection.

Your hosts are a husband-and-wife team, one a retired doctor with an expertise in nutrition and a the other a chef who can work together to create you a bespoke menu of gourmet dishes and treatments. Outside, private paths lead down to two beaches and you’re surrounded by some of the most scenic hikes in the country.


At a glance

  • Three suites

  • Bespoke dining

  • Saltwater swimming pool and onsen bath

  • Massage room and yoga pavillion

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    The park is world-famous for beautiful walking tracks past a series of secluded golden beaches and along the top of towering granite cliffs.

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    Boat trips

    Explore Abel Tasman by boat and kayak. If you're lucky, you may get to see Little Blue penguins, dolphins, or even orcas.

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    Horse riding

    Rides for all levels in one of the most beautiful parts of New Zealand.


Split Apple Retreat donates to the Abel Tasman Birdsong Trust/Te Poari Koro Tui. This charitable trust has the vision that the forests and beaches of the Abel Tasman National Park will once again be filled with indigenous birdsong by working in partnership with tourism operators, the Department of Conservation, Project Janszoon and the community to enhance biodiversity.

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