The Shepherd’s Rest is just 50 minutes from popular Motueka, and just over 1 hour from Nelson. The hut is en route from the Abel Tasman National Park, heading towards the West Coast – which makes it the perfect stop-over accommodation for a road trip around the South Island.
The Shepherd’s Rest is owned by the same couple who run the beautiful Honeywell Hut. Both huts are set on Baton Run Farm, a large and dramatic sheep and beef farm next to the Kahurangi National Park.
Built by Jack Honeywell – the same craftsman who created Honeywell Hut – The Shepherd’s Rest is packed full of personality and quirky detail. Recycled materials and locally milled timber were used in its creation – including some old timbers rescued from a disused hop kiln. A potbelly stove keeps you cosy inside, and the double-outdoor baths and chiminea provide plenty of outdoor entertainment.
The hut looks out across the stunning Western Ranges and towards Mt Arthur and The Twins – enjoying spectacular sunsets.
Baton Run Farm is perfect for active relaxers – with mountain biking and walking tracks all on offer. There’s just a short 10-minute walk to a great swimming hole in one of the cleanest rivers in New Zealand. But for those that just want to escape and rest quietly in nature – you’ll find total peace and tranquillity, right here.