The summer sun rises over Nelson to greet another day in what is officially the sunniest region in New Zealand. Our climate is great for vacationing year round and the area is equally beautiful in Winter when there is snow on the Richmond Ranges and Mount Arthur. Rainbow Ski Field is about an hour and half drive away and is popular with locals.

About us

Let us introduce ourselves; we are Rob and Lorraine Smith and Tui-Belle, our friendly labradoodle, and we warmly welcome you to Ruby Bay Sea View Cottage within the grounds of our home, 'Matarae'.

As owner-hosts we have years of experience in hospitality having formerly owned Okuku Country Estate in North Canterbury. We've spent our professional lives in Sydney and travelled extensively before returning home to New Zealand twelve years ago. We love being able to share the Kiwi experience with our guests.

We look forward to welcoming you and sharing this "slice of paradise" with you,
ensuring that you have a memorable stay at Ruby Bay.

Enjoy the tranquil garden while you stay. You are placed within the grounds of the main house but tucked away privately and screened by your curtains of foliage.

Tariff & Facilities

Price from October 1 2018: Two people $495.00 incl. GST per night
(two night minimum stay).

Your stay includes:

  • A delicious welcome platter and bottle of wine on arrival
  • Gourmet breakfast provisions to wake up to each morning of your stay
  • Fresh fruit and home-baked snacks
  • Cold beer and soft drinks in the fridge
  • Free Wi-Fi

Our minimum stay is usually 2 nights but, if your time is limited, a single night stay can be arranged with an additional charge of $30.00 incl. GST.

Reservations terms & Policies

Confirmation of your booking requires 1 night deposit.

SUMMER SEASON CONFIRMATION (1 December to 30 March) - Payment in full is required.

Method of payment:

  • Internet banking - details will be sent to you when you book
  • Cheque (received and cleared prior to arrival)
  • Cash on check in

Cancellation - No refund for cancellations within 7 days of arrival.

Check in - after 2pm

Check out - by 11am

Sorry, the cottage is not suitable for pets.

Ruby Bay Seaview Cottage is a non-smoking environment.

Contact us or make an enquiry

To Enquire about availability please email us and tell us:

• The date you wish to stay

• How many nights you would like to book (min. 2 nights)

• Any other questions you might have.

We'll respond promptly - thank you.

Contact Lorraine or Rob by phone on
+64 (0)3 540 3820

Things to do in and around Ruby Bay

Look forward to seeing you soon...

Ruby Bay Sea View Cottage

Welcome to the heart of the Tasman Region. Our romantically-situated cottage - perfect for two - overlooks Ruby Bay and the city lights of Nelson. We're just a five minute drive from the charming village of Mapua and its Wharf with cafés, restaurants, specialty shops and a boutique brewery. A thirty minute drive will take you to Nelson. It is the perfect base from which to visit the Abel Tasman and Kahurangi National Parks with their stunning coastlines, sandy beaches and native bush.


Ruby Bay Sea View Cottage


Lorraine and Rob Smith

40 Aporo Rd
Ruby Bay

New Zealand



Postal address

40 Aporo Rd
RD1, Upper Moutere




Call +64 (0)3 540 3820