Who we are

We are a family of 4 at our farmstay Nelson accommodation, The Gates – Adele and Roger, Rowan and Briar. We share our small 7 acre (2.4ha) farm with sheep, chickens, cats, numerous frogs and many varieties of birds. We are Kiwis who’ve lived in the Nelson / Tasman area now for over 25 years and have extensive knowledge of local places and activities that might interest you for your Nelson accommodation. We’ve grown very fond of our slice of coastal, rural paradise, and often remind ourselves how lucky we are to live here.


Roger – “Life in the Nelson Tasman region is great! I moved here from Auckland in 1992 and rediscovered my childhood farm life on our 7 acres. I really value all the great recreational options I have at my fingertips. Choosing between them can be tricky: kayaking or walking; cycling the amazing Great Taste Trail or tramping in one of the National Parks; dining at a local cafe or visiting a winery or art studio; going to the beach or simply relaxing on our farm. I love movies, photography, nature and conversation. I am a former teacher, outdoor instructor and sustainability advisor. Travelling overseas for 2 years and living elsewhere in NZ have made me appreciate cosmopolitan life, rural living, and hospitality.”

Adele -“Like Roger, I love living in the Ruby Bay / Mapua area. I love the mix of city, beach and rural life that we have here. My idea of fun is going for a walk or visiting an art studio with friends and / or family, stopping off at a local café for a decent coffee and a bite to eat, then heading off later to go to see a movie in Nelson or Motueka. Relationships are important to me. I value good conversation and I find meeting new people stimulating and refreshing. My background, my work life experience and my time spent travelling lead me to believe that real customer service, value for money, and genuine hospitality really matter.”