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A giant boot that couples can sleep in
When Steve and partner Judy first created The Boot in 2001 they were considered slightly crazy, but after several years history of happy visitors they are rightly taking their place as local celebrities and contributing to the tapestry of attractions and folklore of this inspiring region.
Creating a giant boot guesthouse on a 6 acre property is perhaps the genius of an eccentric, and rather than convert an existing building, Steve Richards designed The Boot from scratch.
With curved walls and ceilings, everything had to be custom fitted into carefully planned spaces. The result is an unusual, romantic hideaway - in the shape of a giant boot!
Providing a queen-size double bed, facilities for hot drinks, a mini bar and bathroom with shower, kitchenette and courtyard barbeque for self catering. A continental or cooked breakfast is delivered from the nearby Jester House café to be enjoyed in the cosy bedroom, outside terrace or downstairs lounge. A supper platter can also be ordered for couples who relish the privacy and as many find when they arrive - that they really don't want to go out.
With a fireplace and under floor heating, The Boot is open year round, mainly to tourists in the summer months, but with steady bookings from knowledgeable locals keen for a relaxing break during the rest of the year.
Nearby Tasman is located between Nelson City and the Abel Tasman and Kahurangi National Parks at the top of the South Island of New Zealand. It is around 35 minutes drive from either Nelson airport, or Nelson harbour for ferry connections to North Island.
To Do locally
Visitors are generally drawn to this region by the Abel Tasman and Kahurangi National Parks that have been given World Heritage site status. The beaches of Kina and Ruby Bay offer beautiful, long relaxing walks, swimming or just lazing in the sun. Equally popular is the seaside village of Mapua, a favourite dinner destination.
Next door to The Boot itself, the Jester House café has become a much loved coffee stop serving breakfast, lunch and inbetweens. The 6 acre estate also has a garden, children's maze and a tame eel attraction, offering feeding during summer months from September until May.