hopewell lodge

- marlborough sounds accommodation

BBH National Supreme Award Winner 2015

This year, for the very first time in BBH history, Hopewell has scored a 100% guest review ratings for 2015. For more than a decade, Hopewell has topped the BBH rating charts with 98 and 99% scores, but this year, a beautiful setting, wonderful facilities and a total commitment to hospitality all came together for a result of 100% perfection!


Welcome to Hopewell, an award winning lodge set in a superb, inspiring natural location on the water's edge of the magnificent Kenepuru Sound, Marlborough Sounds.

Surrounded by native forest and turquoise waters, Hopewell is the perfect retreat for relaxing and at the same time provides a wide range of activities. Laze on our sunny, secluded and sheltered beach. Enjoy a day’s walk on the Queen Charlotte Track. Explore the Kenepuru Sound in our kayaks. Hike in the surrounding pristine native forest. Experience a unique golf course with unbelievable views. Try fishing for the famous Red Snapper. Collect delicious oysters and sample the freshly steamed mussels. Mountain bike into the Pelorus Sound. Soak in the hot outdoor spa under the southern night sky. Sail the sounds in a magnificent yacht. Try a soothing massage. Visit the resident glow-worms. Relax in the hammocks in the midst of native bush. Self-cater in the exceptionally well equipped kitchens and try the famous gourmet pizzas, espresso coffees and home baking.

Mike and Lynley invite you to share their beautiful place.

Rough Guide

"A gorgeous backpacker hostel in a dreamy setting where even a couple of nights isn't enough to fully appreciate the relaxing setting , wonderfully welcoming hosts, waterside hot tub, kayaks, fishing and regular opportunities to visit the local mussel farm and taste the product, or go water skiiing."

Lonely Planet

"Beloved of travellers near and far, remote Hopewell sits waterside surrounded by native bush. Savour the long, winding drive to get there, or take a water taxi from Te Mahia. Stay at least a couple of days, so you can chill out or enjoy the roll-call of activities: mountain biking, kayaking, sailing, fishing, eating gourmet pizza, soaking in the outdoor spa, and more."

Hostelcritic.com review 2014

"Hopewell is a jewel in the backpackers’ crown and you would be hard pushed to find a more perfect place to rest your travel weary body anywhere in the world. Its waterfront location affords spectacular views of the Kenepuru Sound and the community feel makes everything friendly. The communal area is spacious and comfortable plus the modern, fully-equipped kitchen has everything you could need. Hopewell has a waterfront spa, two private pebble beaches, hammocks that overlook the Sounds and a boat/kayak launch. Hopewell is a great place to unwind but if you still have energy to burn then the numerous hikes and biking trails will not disappoint. A stay at Hopewell will be one of that will stay in your memory for many years to come and surely has to rate as one of the finest backpackers hostels on the planet."

Read this article about Hopewell Lodge on Neuseeland News (in German language).