Rugby World Cup 2011 accommodation and lodgings close to Trafalgar park are often mis-spelled as "acomodation" or "accomadation" or, more rarely, "Able Tasman accomodation" while some guests search for air-con cheaply or air conditioning or sometimes "aircon lodgings" to match their budget (in Nelson at the top of the South Island of New Zealand...

Rugby World Cup 2011 accommodation at a heritage Guest House

Rugby World Cup 2011 venue Trafalgar Park, Nelson in the Abel Tasman region of New Zealand AMBER HOUSE - at the centre!™ is a Bed & Breakfast plan lodging (B and B) Guest House in Nelson city centre.

Trafalgar Park, the Nelson venue for the Rugby World Cup 2011 is at the end of our street.

Our heritage guesthouse is just a short stroll to restaurants, Tahunanui Beach, Founders Park and the newly renovated Theatre Royal.

Although our homestay was built in 1897 by a fugitive Irish immigrant newly arrived from Kilkenny who started a school for young ladies, you will enjoy high definition satellite TV broadcasts and Wireless Internet together with air conditioned and double glazed bedrooms despite the brass school bell celebrating New Zealand's new-found status in 1907 as a Dominion still hanging to the left of the front door of Amber House and crystal chandeliers still hanging from ceilings more than eleven feet high downstairs.

Avail of our famous "Nelson city centre value guarantee" if you book on-line at this site:
If you ever believe that you have found better value accommodation with modern comforts and amenities such as air-conditioning and argon gap double glazing (for a restful night) a satellite dish (for clearer reception and a wider selection of TV programs), new 21st Century hot water systems, direct dial DECT cordless phones in every room and fast 802.11b and 802.11g wireless Internet in Nelson's city centre - just give us the details within 2 days of your arrival and we'll make the appropriate price adjustment!

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House B&B tourist lodging in Abel Tasman. Visible above the roofline is the Centre of New Zealand.Upstairs, the en-suite Blue Room and Balcony Suite lodgings have their own balconies with a view over Tasman Bay to the Arthur Ranges on one side and the Sugar Loaf and Botanical Hill (geographical Centre of New Zealand) from the other.

Our rooms are SPACIOUS - large enough for two Queen Beds and our double-glazed Green Room is very good value for families and those on a limited accommodation budget and willing to go without air-con in the sunniest guesthouse in New Zealand.

Most guests compliment us on our hot breakfasts cooked to individual order. Many folks have enjoyed one of our "Ulster Fry"s in our lodgings - or you can just help yourself to fruit any time and from a cold (or `continental' style) buffet breakfast if you`re watching your weight.

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New Zealand's first ever game of rugger in 1870. All long distance coaches and the shuttle buses to the Airport and Abel Tasman National Park stop right outside Amber House Bed and Breakfast (BandB) Guest House.

Nelson Airport is the fourth busiest in New Zealand and enjoys frequent air connections to all the RWC 2011 venues.

There are more than 80 direct flights a day to Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Paraparaumu, with Dunedin, Hamilton, Invercargill, Napier, New Plymouth, Palmerston North, Rotorua and Whangarei just one connection away...

Keep your Bikes and Kayaks securely in our garage. We grow many of our own vegetables organically in the sunniest place in New Zealand. All water is filtered for low chlorine drinking and bathing and is naturally soft.

We do not allow smoking anywhere on our land because we have children at primary school. We are not a motel or inn and do not have a reception desk staffed round the clock, so you will need to advise us of your estimated time of arrival at our place when you book (and again if that estimate subsequently changes) so that you can be sure we'll be at home to welcome you to your lodgings.

Anne and Adam Amber were both born and raised in Nelson and would very much enjoy giving you tips on how to get the best out of your stay for the Rugby Union...

Hallway at Amber House Bed and Breakfast near the Rugby World Cup, New Zealand Some folks make the mistake of thinking that accommodation in Richmond or even lodging in outlying areas like Upper Moutere would be preferable since they look a tad cheaper than Nelson city centre lodgings.
We'd like to explain why that isn't always true:


The Nelson Tasman police district has the lowest crime rate in New Zealand, but burglaries and thefts still occur. Too frequently thieves target the larger motels and camp grounds because they can mingle unobserved and unremarked in the throng. They know that windows will be left open in hot weather (because few Nelson or Richmond motels have air conditioning like Amber House) and that visitors often carry high value items like video cameras, jewellery and laptops.

Thieves know that there is a good chance that a parked rental car will have occupants that won't return for quite a while and that those occupants may be reluctant to carry their heavy valuables on to the Rugby. Unfortunately, even if you have not left anything in your vehicle for thieves to steal, you will still be faced with the expense and inconvenience of a smashed window or jemmied boot (trunk) lid when you return.
It is for this very reason that our advice contradicts that of the police: in a rental car you should remove all valuables (including the radio) from the car and then leave the doors unlocked with the windows closed. Leave the empty glovebox open so the thieves can see that there is nothing to steal.

The Amber family is still permanently resident in Amber House and have never had a theft or burglary. Since we don't book more than four guests into our own home at one time, all comings and goings are noted. We don't have a swinging "Bed and Breakfast" sign outside to advertise our guests as a target and take care to be excluded from printed directories. We don't accept any "walk-up" business and we record the names, phone numbers and permanent addresses of all our guests and check photographic ID if they have not stayed with us before. We want to keep our young children very safe and an agreable by product of that caution is less risk for you.

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If you choose a Motel in Richmond just because you think it may save a few dollars, just ponder how many extra minutes you'll spend trying to find somewhere to park or with the car rental damage and insurance forms if the worst should happen?

Much better to leave your valuables in your secure digital room safe at Amber House and/or your car in our secure parking while you stroll the three minutes to Trafalgar Park rugby ground or an experienced shuttle bus driver collects you from Amber House's dining room and whisks you safely to Nelson airport for the other venues.

That way you can enjoy some drinks along the way and at the end of the match as well without the anxiety of being stopped by the police and breathalyzed...

Amber House is just six minutes walk from the wonderfully informative and helpful government Department of Conservation (DoC) visitor centre where you can book and buy the Abel Tasman N.P. Great Walks pass that you must carry and exhibit on demand while tramping overnight in the Abel Tasman National Park. They also have the best selection of maps and guidebooks in the entire region.

Comfortable Lodgings

photo of the upstairs Balcony Suite's sheltered verandahs with views to the Arthur Ranges All our rooms are spacious with ceilings more than eleven feet high downstairs and the Balcony Suite upstairs measures more than 468 square feet in area.

All rooms have direct dial DECT cordless phones and hairdryers.

All our rooms have en-suite facilities. Our Blue, Gold and Rose Rooms, together with the Balcony Suite are air-conditioned with reverse cycle heat pumps providing rapid room heating in winter.

Our Balcony Suite, Blue, Gold and Green Rooms also have German manufactured, uPVC double glazing by Koemmerling (with argon gas filling the 16mm gap) for extra sound proofing (and low emissivity glass) to reduce our carbon footprint.

Balcony Suite, Gold Room and Blue Room guests can watch channels and programs via our satellite receivers that are simply not available in New Zealand on terrestrial channels or Sky.

Local Knowledge

Logo of The Nelson Rugby Festival Both Anne and Adam were born and raised right here in Nelson. Our Irish and Scots relatives were some of the first European settlers in Nelson and arrived on the barque Bombay on Friday, 12th December 1842.

Our pacific island and Māori relatives arrived six hundred years and more before that.

Budget Prices

New Zealand in general, and Nelson in particular, has excellent value Motels and many of them have kitchenettes where you can prepare your own meals and some of them also have swimming pools.
We have no pool - but with the fabulous Tahunanui beach close to us, who wants to suck chlorine?

We will cook for you. Even if you value our breakfasts at $5 less than the going rate we still beat all of Nelson's Motel prices - and they don't offer air-conditioning or a laundry service like we do.

All our prices are fully inclusive of breakfast, applicable taxes and service charges.
If you ever think you've found better value in Nelson's city centre or with convenient access to the Abel Tasman National Park, please let us know immediately because, like John Lewis, we are never knowingly undersold!


It may sound like heresy to say it, but there may come a time in your holiday when you will appreciate a bit of retail therapy. Nelson's Saturday morning market is rightly famous throughout New Zealand. Whether it's an organic fijoa or a model airplane built from a Steinlager can, nobody ever comes away unhappy from Montgomery Square.

Lots of craft workshops are nearby. Jens Hansen's shop (the maker of the "One Ring" in the "Lord of the Rings" film trilogy) is unmissable, as is flamedaisy's glass blowing workshop.

Nelson city is just big enough to have all the facilities you need while preserving small town friendliness and helpfulness. Because it is such a pleasant place to stay, many artists, musicians and other creative people have settled in the South Island's first city - how many other towns of a similar size to Nelson can boast their very own Symphony Orchestra?

Night life

photo of one of our queen-sized beds with orthopaedic mattresses OK, perhaps all you look forward to at sunset is drifting off to dreamland on one of our orthopaedic mattresses. But isn't it nice to have a choice?

If you're billetted in sleepy little Richmond, Motueka or bored stiff in Mapua or Upper Moutere the taxi fare to Nelson's nightlife might prove prohibitive.

However, if you made the sensible decision to stay at Amber House in Nelson's city centre, even if you've got blisters from dancing the night away, you'll still be able to stagger the three streets back to Amber House without even stopping to look for a cab.

History of Rugby: New Zealand's first game

Nelson is the birthplace of New Zealand rugby. The Nelson Football Club was founded on 30 May 1868; perhaps not surprising if you know that Nelson already had the first railway, museum, public park, cathedral and learned society in New Zealand and continues to be the nicest conurbation to live in.

Although the first game played by the Nelson Football Club was a strange mixture of association football and Melbourne rules, this club occupies a pivotal position in New Zealand sporting history as Rugby missionaries:
In January 1870, Charles John Monro (who had been born in Nelson on 5 April 1851) persuaded the club to introduce the rules of Rugby school in England and the oval ball to Nelson and New Zealand. On Saturday, 14 May 1870 the first proper game of rugby played in New Zealand took place at the Botanical Reserve, 400 meters from Amber House in The Wood. Quite appropriate when you consider that this is also almost the exact centre of New Zealand!

Nelson Town, with 18 players including ten forwards, three half-backs, three three-quarters, and two fullbacks beat Nelson College two goals to nil. The local newspapers, players and the Nelson crowd were all unaware of the significance of this first game and the pivotal position that Rugby would come to occupy in New Zealand culture.

Later in the year and while on a trip to Wellington, Monro picked and trained a team to play against the Nelson Rugby Football Club (Wellington had been playing Melbourne rules football). The Nelson men travelled to Wellington in the Government mail steamer Luna and, on Monday, 12 September 1870, beat the Wellington team at Petone in the first ever interprovincial match of club rugby in New Zealand. As a result, the Wellington club was founded on 12 May 1871.

When the Nelson captain, A. Drew, was in Wanganui (with members of the Armed Constabulary) in 1872 he was instrumental in founding the third Rugby club in New Zealand.

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overseas losing rugby tourists in 1883. The first Oz team [Southern Rugby Union (NSW)] arriving in Godzone in 1883 to try and play rugby, marked the start of rugby as an international sport for New Zealand and Australia's long losing streak. The next year a New Zealand team proved invincible when making the first "All Black" overseas tour in red dust country.

Fifty years later, Charles Monro died in 1933, having made the mistake of moving to Palmerston North some years before.

Before pakeha arrived in New Zealand, Māori were playing a ball game called ki-o-rahi which greatly resembled Australian Rules Football and rugby football. This may have influenced New Zealand playing styles, especially amongst the indigenous population.

There have been a lot of changes since. When pakeha first played in Nelson it was one point for a try and three points for a drop kick and the numbers on each side were decided by the opposing captains. Today a try is worth five points and the drop kick still remains at three points, with fixed numbers on each side and the rules of the game have generally become a lot more complicated.

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