After spending most part of the last 18 years living abroad in Europe and Asia, we returned to New Zealand in 2016 with our two children to start the next chapter of our lives. Originally from Wellington, we wanted to try somewhere and something different. After spending time in the Tasman region we knew straight away that it was a very special place and offered us a fantastic playground to raise two active children. After then falling in love with the peace and tranquility of Mārama Vineyard and the natural beauty of the surrounding area we made the move in March 2016. The name Mārama is a maori word meaning brightness, clearness. To us this name fits our vineyard perfectly. Bathed in sunlight during the day and moonlight at night, the warm positive feelings associated with this word are how we feel whenever we are at home at Mārama. The free standing cast iron sculpture we have in our garden was the inspiration behind our logo. Strong and bold, yet allowing the light through. Local artist Graham Snook based in Mapua is the talented man who made this. We would like to thank the wonderful team at Chocolate Dog Studio for their creative work. Jane created the perfect logo, and Neil took the photos capturing the true brightness of Mārama.
We were positively surprised to find this lovely place as we had stayed in about 10 motels, hotels and b&b's on the South Island during our two-week tour and were quite disappointed with many of them. The room we stayed in was very large and tastefully furnished with a small kitchenette, two leather sofas, writing desk and a double bed, tv and wifi. Bathroom was very large and the shower blissfully powerful. Bathroom amenities were of good quality. The quietness of the place and the beautiful surroundings, with early morning bird songs, is really restful. Breakfast, which IS included in the price - and the price of the room being really reasonable - was sumptuous and so delicious
We stayed for two nights in the Pinot Noir room. It was absolutely magnificent, spotlessly clean and finished with top quality fixtures and fittings. The breakfast was served in our room and consisted of mainly home made food. The views were of the vineyard and the stars at night were incredible. It is set quite a way from the main roads and all you hear is silence, it was amazing perfect stay, well worth the price
The room overlooks a beautiful vineyard and this can not be a more calm and relaxing environment. Perfect setting to be away from the city life and close enough to visit Abel Tasman for hiking and beaches. Topping of the great setting is breakfast served in room and ample wine. Strongly recommend if you are looking to relax.