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The Gates Accommodation

The Gates Accommodation
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197 Seaton Valley Rd, Nelson
Brand-new family-friendly eco-designer home Copper Gate nestled on 7 acres of glorious Nelson lifestyle featuring citrus and pipfruit orchards, coppiced woodlot - and family-friendly treehut, playground, and animals. Mapua seaside village with cafes, wharf, beaches, shops 3 min drive/10 min cycle away. Babysitters available.
Copper Gate is themed around heritage NZ domestic life yet has state-of-the-art eco features. With 2 bathrooms and 4 bedrooms it is ideal for 2 families - or if you are a couple/small group just have sole occupancy for a reduced rate in the quiet season. Commanding a stunning view across beautiful Seaton Valley to the sea and mountains beyond, Copper Gate features local/NZ art and French doors opening onto decks and SPACE. A Hybrid Homes and Living design, Copper Gate boasts solar design, locally sourced preservative-free Douglas Fir, great insulation, LEDs throughout, state-of-the-art Biolytix wastewater system and is powered by Nelson's sun through grid-tied photovoltaics.

Corru Gate is stylish and different. City chic meets country style in this architecturally designed, children-friendly 3 bedroomed contemporary lifestyle cottage. With excellent passive solar design and recycled materials it embodies a distinctively creative Kiwi flavour - iconic corrugated iron, quality furniture and local/NZ art. French doors open onto a sun-drenched deck and private designer garden.

Kissing Gate is our new glamping (glamorous camping) site with 'Pearl' and 'Ruby' our refurbished 1967 retro caravans with outdoor bath, shower, kitchen, decks, pond - and true wow factor!

Wander over our paddocks, admiring the magnificent Tasman Bay views while the kids enjoy the playground, waterslide and treehut. 4 minutes to great beaches and rivers. We are passionate about conservation and sustainability (Roger is an environmental sustainability advisor) and relish the birdlife and native trees of this slice of paradise. 
Set in cycling heaven amongst quiet country roads winding through olive groves and vineyards, there is ample room for cycles – use our electric or standard bikes plus trailer. Tour maps available for exploring from the farm gate.
Copper Gate celebrates style, sustainability, socialising and seclusion.

Environment Friendly Action

We conserve heat We conserve water We reduce/limit oil/gas carbon emissions We employ alternative energy resources: wind/solar/water We recycle where possible We compost food waste We use sustainable toilet/grey water waste disposal We use bio-degradable cleaning agents We use reclaimed or low embodied energy building materials We use renewable natural furnishings We instruct staff in green practices We include green room info packs We mention green/eco issues on our website We conserve/care for wildlife in our area/ natural pest eradication We participate in community environmental initiatives

Other Environment Friendly Initiatives

Coppiced woodlot; organic orchards, solar panel charged electric bikes, preservative-free Douglas Fir building framing, efficient appliances, LEDs throughout, carbon-offset available, wetland establishment, Biolytix waste-water system, free-range chickens, Roger is a sustainability advisor to education and business organisations.

Dietary Selections: We offer

Home-grown spray-free produce

Organic Meals

Enjoy our 30+ citrus trees and nashi, apples, plums, apricots, pears, hazel nuts. We encourage guests to dine at local cafes/restaurants 4 min away. We have knowledge of organic eating places, fruit stalls, organic destinations, adventure and eco destinations.


Copper Gate: 4 bdrm/2 bthrm. Corru Gate: 3 bdrm/1 bthrm. Kissing Gate: glamping site with 2 funky 1967 caravans. Fully self-catering with stunning design. Check availability and current happenings at www.thegatesaccommodation.blogspot.co.nz or www.thegates.co.nz

Total Capacity



Free-view TV Hi-Fi with CD & DVD player Phone & WIFI


Farm walks; places of solitude; sustainability initiatives; bird-watching; relaxing on decks in rural quietness; choose from our fleet of standard and electric bikes to cycle to local vineyards, art studios, wellbeing providers (massage, yoga). Roger,as a sustainability advisor and outdoor educator can assist you in your planning.

Tariff Includes

Power and water


3km from Mapua Seaside Village. 20km from Richmond; 28km from Nelson; 30km to Abel Tasman NP. Take Nelson to Motueka highway. Turn right at Mapua turnoff (approx 15km from Richmond) then first right in to Seaton Valley Rd i.e., 300m on Nelson side of Mapua School is Seaton Valley Rd. The Gates Accommodation is 2km up the road.
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User Reviews

There are: 5 reviews, with an average rating of 4.6 out of 5
Wow, Sean & I have just viewed your finished project - Copper Gate. You've done an amazing job completing this; you should be very proud of yourselves especially considering the timeframe you had. Love, love, love the artwork. Stunning outlook, beautiful kitchen, great living spaces, & especially love the pohutukawa duvets. Fantastic outcome indeed!
Posted by Linda Huxford on 2013-12-29 10:22:17
What an amazing space you have created at Corru Gate and Copper Gate. The kids loved visiting the sheep and picking fruit – we could really get used to eating grapefruit for breakfast every morning. Your eco features (the PVs, Biolytix, super-insulation etc) are fascinating, but most of all we enjoyed the country views down the valley and out to sea.
Posted by Pete and Karen on 2013-12-12 16:00:22
There’s something very ‘organic’ about this region….
The ‘baaing’ sheep, beautiful birdsong,
Pohutukawa trees in flower on the beach,
Creative arts that inspire and open the wallet,
Your wonderful holiday home so creatively designed and child-friendly.
Not to mention the local attractions as recommended in the wonderful ‘black book’.
Look forward to returning. K &B, Christchurch.
Posted by Kirsten and Ben on 2013-11-17 20:18:04
What a wonderful spot to spend time – comfortable, peaceful, VERY relaxing! Very much appreciate your sensitivity to and support for sustainable living. We enjoyed our visit with you and look forward to many more. Cheers. H+S, California.
Posted by Howard and Shelly Kalmer on 2013-11-17 20:16:31
Thank you! Your home was a balm for the soul for us and our baby. Thank you for the beautiful peaceful home and all the great art work in every nook and cranny! We can’t wait to come and stay again – it was just magic! Melva, Nige, and baby Sam.
Posted by Nigel and Melva on 2013-11-17 20:13:16