Compendium – Moonraker House
Welcome to Moonraker Tree Canopy House at Split Apple Beach.
Jim and I are very excited to be able to share our dream with you. We designed this property with you in mind and with our years of industry experience in the local area as charter boat operators and elopement and boutique wedding and event consultancy, we feel confident in the balance we’ve created at Moonraker House to serve all potential guest types.
We are here to help in any capacity possible to make this the most memorable stay in our region.
We pride ourselves on the simplicity of the property while thinking of all the little things so often forgotten in holiday houses. If you find something missing please let as know.
We have listed some useful property information to make your stay with us more enjoyable. If you are looking for instruction on how to work appliances in the house please look in the appliance manual file/blog.
National Emergency number in New Zealand dial: 111 ask for which ever emergency agent you need; Fire, Police or Ambulance.
Our address is 11 Moonraker Way. Tokangawhā / Split Apple Rock, Kaiteriteri
Make sure no cars are left blocking the drive to the house.
Our landline Telephone – (03) 5278310 – our land line can be used by our guests. Please note if you are calling a local number starting with 526, 527, 528 you can drop the area code (03) this will then make the call free. Any international calls will be charged at $1 per minute. Mobile numbers may also be charged, however In coming calls are accepted for our guests.
Important considerations before you book.
By reading through this compendium you will understand the expectations required when staying at Moonraker House. This is a space lovingly created for guests to enjoy its beauty, the fresh air and bird song with their special family and friends and we trust you will treat it as your most precious possessions?
Moonraker House sleeps up to 4 guests in two rooms
Moonraker has a TDC consent for B&B guests. We have a minimum 2 night stay for general bookings or 3 nights for elopements. (Conditions apply)
Events at Moonraker House
Moonraker House holds a TDC bed & breakfast resource consent. We only offer an exclusive full board facility for elopements and micro events. We do allow day visitors for a significant event with prior discussion. (fees and conditions do apply)
We work in collaboration with our events manager The Dream Maker NZ
Need a little help in planning?
Terri and her business The Dream Maker has been in the wedding and event industry for over a decade and offers a consultation service to help you create your dream celebration, corporate or interest activity and well being event. Terri is also a registered New Zealand celebrant and licensed chauffeur.
A perfect wedding preparation hub
Moonraker House is perfectly placed for preparations for wedding celebration/elopement as it is only a moments stroll to Split Apple beach and close to the Abel Tasman or kahurangi National Park, where a beach or mountain wedding can be experience. The girls can stay the night before and hold a hen party celebration if they chose. Wedding bookings do have a minimum 3 night stay but offers a complimentary celebrant service for a full house. (please check out conditions)
Moonraker House is a perfect environment for small corporate incentives and team building as well as for specialized interests such as wellbeing, artists, writers, nature and bird life. We can provide morning and afternoon tea, lunches and dinner or you can bring your own. We offer a one day booking option in the shoulder and winter seasons, with or without accommodation. We have tables and seating for up to 16 day visitors, with extra trestle tables available, as well as a white board and wifi.
Moonraker House is perfectly situated for a photo shoot, for product or people. The house has 3 bathrooms for model preparation, a fantastic tree canopy deck and close access to the Split Apple Beach. Boat access means you can charter a water taxi to access the Abel Tasman National Park. (concessions apply for corporate photography in the national parks, please ask for further detail)
No Smoking Policy- Due to our native bush location smoking is not allowed anywhere on the property. All bare flames are banned at Split Apple locations
Alcohol laws – Please note our alcohol laws for the local area. Kaiteriteri and environs: 4pm to 7am Alcohol Ban during the period 1 December to 1 March the following year and 7pm to 7am Alcohol Ban. including Split Apple Rock and Sandy Bay through to the boundary with the Abel Tasman National Park.
We are delighted to share Moonraker House with you, however we trust and expect proper conduct and care and attention to our property and its contents by all members of your group and/or day visitors. All day visitors enter at their own risk and we ask that day visitors leave the property by 10.00pm. Any damage created by invited or uninvited day visitors will be charged to the main person responsible and paying the general bill.
We are sure you can appreciate there are other residents in the Moonraker House location and we have a curfew between 10.00pm and 9.00am. Guests who ignore this policy are subject to our terms & conditions.
We are sure you can appreciate that we are running a small business, dependent on a seasonal income and equally we understand some of your plans might change.
Due to the nature of the terrain here at Moonraker House, our property is not suitable for people with mobility difficulties. The main house is easily navigated for someone with sight impairment and we are happy for an officially registered guide dog to accompany a registered sight impaired person. There is stair access to the main house.
Moonraker House is not suitable for toddlers and small children, however older children and teenagers are welcome. This will be an exclusive booking. However, we expect all children and teenagers to be under responsible adult supervision at all times. Our deck is in the tree canopy with an over 9ft high drop. Any damage caused will be charged for its replacement or repair cost.
Due to the nature of our location we have many beautiful wild birds and because of this we have a no pet policy at Moonraker House (guide dogs permitted with advance discussion). We do have our own pets to consider too.
Additional things to consider in advance of your stay
The following suggestions maybe available by booking prior to your stay at Moonraker House:
The nearest domestic only airport is Nelson, just under one hours drive on highway 6 from Motueka. There is a small airport in Motueka for private landings.
Terri is a mother of two boys and has been a residential child care assistant and teacher support worker over the past two decades, and is more than happy to give mum and dad some time out.
Tours and Activities
Browse the activities on offer in our activity file/blog and book ahead or during your stay. We can assist and offer advice and discuss your requirements during your stay
General House information
Moonraker House has a portable speaker for your enjoyment, just connect your device via Bluetooth. There are also plenty of device charging points available throughout the house.
There is no Bar BQ facilities, due to the high fire risk zone. We are happy to discuss booking an evening meal.
Check in times
Arrival times are generally From 2pm and 8pm however we will appreciate a call 03 5278310 or email to indicate your expected time of arrival, to avoid us missing you if we are walking the dogs or feeding the horses.
Cancellations: Unfortunately if you do not cancel your booking within our terms we will charge the full rate. If you want to discuss this further please email us at email@example.com
Check out times
Check out is before 10am. If you wish to check out after this time, please discuss this with us prior to the morning of your departure and we will endeavour to meet your requirements. Should there be a booking that day it’s unlikely we can accommodate you. A half day charge may apply.
If you are departing early in the morning, please settle your account the evening before your departure. We will hold your credit card.
Coffee & tea
Moonraker House provides a plunger for great local coffee from Celcius, who also have a link to Ideal Cups. We like working with these two companies as they work extremely hard locally, nationally and internationally to bring environmental issues to the forefront of people’s considerations. We collect the grounds for our compost.
We accept the following major credit cards: Visa, MasterCard, American Express, via our booking channel.
Cash can be drawn from the Kaiteriteri convenience store or in Motueka.
We provide a daily service at Moonraker House between the hours of 10.00am and 2.00pm. Please let us know if you wish to maintain your privacy while on an extended stay and wish to arrange a more convenient time.
We want everyone to enjoy their holiday, so if you want further services please do not hesitate in asking. This can include prior shopping, cooked breakfast, washing, child minding, evening meals, driving etc.
Games & Books
For your enjoyment during your stay we have a selection of interesting books and board games available for all ages. We also have a selection of swaps, so if you didn’t get to finish the book, feel free to take it if you leave another in its place.
Remote controlled air conditioners and fans can be adjusted to suit your needs. Tiled floor surfaces in the en-suite and main bathroom are heated. Please be mindful to turn these off when not in use.
We have a selection of wool and synthetic bedding. We do not use any duck down at all.
Air Conditioning and heating
This property has been well insulated and we have air conditioning in all rooms, we also have ceiling fans and a real log effect gas fire. All bathrooms have heated floors.
Internet Wireless– Is free
Free Wireless Internet is available from Moonraker House. There are many charging stations throughout the house for all devices.
We doubt that you will want to watch television at Moonraker House, as the view is already picture perfect, but there is one available in the main living area. You will find the remote in the draw of the bookshelf in the lounge.
Our stunning and large kitchen has been designed for entertaining. We allow guests to help themselves to coffee & tea facilities and crockery for the BYO snacks. All other cooking facilities are either booked and paid for or provided by us.
Moonraker House has a fully equipped laundry not for personal use. We do offer a washing service with environmentally sensitive soap powder. We offer a laundry service from $25 per load for personal items. The use of the dryer is POA. Please contact us for this service if required.
Our bifold doors are very heavy. We ask you to take care of children getting fingers trapped. When opening and closing do not force the doors in any way. They should easily glide and lock into position. The main door will lock onto the the sliding door to avoid it slamming.
Please make sure you use the door stops when leaving the front or side doors doors open.
Bedroom-Deck access doors
Please make sure all sliding doors are secured before leaving the property unattended
All windows have the ability to be left slightly open if secured correctly when leaving the property unattended.
We have blackout roller blinds in all bedrooms and partial blinds in two bathrooms for your privacy. Please take care when rolling blinds up and down and if windows are wide open blinds should be left up to save them breaking from blowing in the wind. Please do not force, they should open and close easily. We ask that you leave blinds up during the day when not needed, as we have had the occasional bird flying into the windows due to the reflection of the trees.
The property must be completely closed and locked when there is no one in attendance.
We may be able to forward items left behind if you provide us with an address POA to cover costs. Lost property is disposed of after two months. Please note that all food and beverage items left at Moonraker House will be used to feed our chickens or are disposed of once you have departed.
Our driveway is unformed and quite steep in places and requires a 4 wheel drive at present.
Please park your car before the water tank, we will help you with your bags on arrival and departure.
Please wear sensible shoes for the 70 yard walk down to the house.
Due to the nature of our interesting tree canopy property and the terrain, there is only secure parking available on the drive way and we ask that you park before the water tank. Please park leaving plenty of space for other vehicles to gain access in an emergency.
Due to our steep drive, we do offer to help you bring your bags into the property. We ask that you do not drag them on our natural wood floor, as this will damage it and could be claimable from you under our terms and conditions.
Mail and Stamps
There is a mailbox in Kaiteriteri and you can also purchase stamps. We may have a selection of local cards and writing paper available to you if you need it. POA
Massage & beauty treatments
There are two local options for massage in Kaiteriteri that we can recommend and beauty treatments in Motueka.
You can also enjoy a swim and day spa at Kimi Ora Health Spa, with options for treatments.
We have contacts for hair and makeup services, as well as other health treatments and activity. Please feel free to ask us and we can advise you.
Moonraker House is a stone’s throw from Split Apple Beach. Its direct access is via a relatively steep track through native bush, which we try to maintain as closely to its natural environment as possible. Please be mindful of the steps they can be slippery especially after rain.
Some water transport services will pick you up from the beach with prior booking, enabling you to avoid parking issues and the mayhem of Kaiteriteri or Marahau in the morning.
There is also an access maintained by the local council by going back to the main Split Apple drop off point. This is still mainly on our property and glow worms can be viewed from there at night and in the caves on the beech.
Moonraker has an abundance of bird life in and around the house. From the beach you will see one of a few gannet (Shag) colonies high up in the tree canopy. These are the only web footed birds to perch in the trees. You will see them flying past and diving in the water below. These birds can also be viewed on the beach in groups around 6.30am where they regurgitate their stones and swallow new ones.
Little Blue penguins do live around the house and can be heard at night but rarely seen. Keep an eye out for their foot prints in the sand.
Possums are an occasional visitor and very cute but unfortunately not native or encouraged in New Zealand, so we ask you do not feed them.
You might see the occasional seal or stingray. Please respect their space. We also have dolphins and whales swim by from time to time.
Bees and wasps
We do have bees and wasps. We hope you know the difference? The bee we want to encourage and the wasps we do not. If you see a wasp nest stay well clear and call us and we will get it removed. In hot weather the bees will love some water but make sure something is floating in it, so they don’t drown. If you are stung put vinegar on it and you might need some antihistamine. We advise anyone who knows they are allergic to bring their own preventative medications. If in doubt and worried call 111.
In keeping with our environmental policy, we encourage recyclable waste such as flattened aluminum cans, cardboard, plastic bottles (rinsed, no lids), glass, newspaper/paper, by providing separate bins. We trust that you appreciate our efforts and keep to our management. We do not encourage balloons or glitter, as these are extremely harmful to the environment.
Drying beach damp Clothing, towels & the Sand
Personal belongings are stored at the owner’s risk. We ask that you use the drying facility under the house for any beach wet items of clothing and footwear. All shoes must be removed when in the house and we ask that you hose off your feet before coming into the house if you have been on the beach. The hose is at the back of the house. Please remember we have limited water, so don’t forget to turn the tap off securely.
Our Sustainable Goals
We are proud of our stunning beachfront location and ensure that our family business honours our responsibilities to this environment: We have worked hard to be as sustainable as possible while keeping our guests warm and comfortable, and providing excellent products and customer service. We strive to treating our neighbours and employees fairly and with respect, while protecting our environment and reducing our footprint. To us looking after this beautiful area and working with our community to ensure that others can enjoy it for many years to come is of the utmost importance.
Landline Telephone – (03) 5278310
We have a landline for your convenience, when you call a local number (527 or 526) you can drop the (03). This will give you a free call. We ask that you do not make any international or mobile outgoing calls from this line and these will be charged at $1.00 per minute. Incoming landline calls are acceptable.
Travelling routes and destinations
For any route and destination information, visit AA Travel.
Local Tide Times
Please be aware of all tide times, there are locations on Split Apple Rock where children and fishermen could be caught by the tide. Local Tides
Voltage – All plugs are 240V AC.
- Steph wills is our reccommendation P: (03) 528 0032
E: firstname.lastname@example.org A: 106 High Street, Motueka
Doctor & medical emergencies
- Greenwood Health P: 03 528 8866 A: 20 Greenwood Street, Motueka Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 8.30am – 5.15pm. They do have out of hours advice on their answering machine.
- Nelson medical and injury centre: P:(03) 546 8881 A: 98 Waimea Road, Nelson
There will be out of our advice on the answer machine if you call during those hours.
There are two choices for movie theatres. I am going to recommend the Gecko, T: 03-528 9996. It is a small independent theatre that offers so much more than just a movie.
We also have the State Cinema, T: 03-528 8648. It has a large screen and presents most of the most recent blockbusters.
Local pubs and restaurants
There are many pubs and restaurants the Motueka district location that can be easily found on google but here are a few of our recommendations. Please note that if you are visiting us outside of the main summer season many of these places could be closed and we advise prior booking in all instants to save any disappointments. All commercial businesses tend to close on Christmas day. If calling from our land line drop the 03.
- The Views can be found at kimi Ora resort in kaiteriteri and offers a beautiful selection of vegetarian dishes. (03)-527 8027
- Parkside Cafe & Pizza Can be found at the north end of Marahau. This rustic restaurant offers open fire pizza and in the summer season has a open mic evening which is very popular to those who like to have a dance and enjoy local music. (03)-527 8270
- Fat Tui can be found in Marahau and is a permanent burger and fish and chips van. They have some interesting varieties to include vegetarian. Its best to be prepared for a wait, so we suggest you make your order and decide if you have time for a stroll on the beach. (03)-527 8420
- Kai is on the beach front in kaiteriteri. A fairly general menu, they do not serve desserts, only slices out of the chill counter. (03)-527 8507
- Beached whale is in kaiteriteri, set behind the main seafront buildings. It has a rustic kiwi sports pub style offering a varied menu and delicious homemade fired pizzas. This is predominantly a young person hang out and they do have some entertainment throughout the whole year. They do not have a telephone number on their website but we assume drop ins are welcome.
Motueka pubs and restaurants.
Please note that these are not guaranteed open all year round and many close on a Monday.
Motueka has a good selection of pubs and restaurants which can be found on our local website Love Motueka. This website has all manor of helpful information and contacts.
We can recommend Smoking Barrel, which has a great atmosphere and famed for its excellent donuts. The Precinct, which has a great chef but is a small cafe style on a road junction. Muses, next to the Motueka museum, is another rustic eatery. If you like Asian street food try the House of Li.
You will also find a great pub called The Sprig and Fern in Wallace street, with great food, Nelson made tap craft beers and cider. They also hold quiz nights on a Thursday in off peak season.
Further afield pubs and restaurants..
Mapua is a really neat place to visit, with its crafts, local wine, craft beer and coffee. There is a little ferry across to rabbit island and you can hire bikes. There are several eating places and we can recommend both the jellyfish and Apple Shed, both are on waterfront locations. You can also buy local caught fish and chips and eat these at the local beer and wine tasting bars or on the waterfront of course.
If you fancy driving to the top of the Takaka Hill you will find two small cafes and activities. Ngarua Cave (03)-528 8093 where you can get basic refreshments after a cave tour, which I highly recommend and the Woolshed (03)-528 7906, which has a small animal petting farm. You can continue on to walk to the Harwood Hole but be warned the road is not tar sealed and narrow in some places and nowhere to eat at the location. All these locations make for great elopement ceremony locations.
Nelson city has hundreds of places to eat but is a 50 minute drive.
Relax in the beautiful chorus of our local birdsong.
Enjoy your stay!
Jim & Terri Everett
Out of hours: 0275268771 (+64 if using an international phone).