About the Abel Tasman Ocean View Chalets

Founded in 1993 by Robert and Konstanca Palzer, the Abel Tasman Ocean View Chalets have been a source of relaxation and exploration for the thousands of guests who visit every year. Now run by their daughter Chris and her partner Jared who are pleased to continue the tradition of offering incredible accommodation focused on sustainability and manaakitanga with the aim of preserving our slice of paradise for future generations.

Environmental & Sustainability Policies

With the environment and sustainability in mind from day one we have always strived to do the right thing by our planet. From using sustainably harvested and locally grown timbers to build our chalets, to planting drought resistant plants, using environmentally friendly cleaning products, buying organic and fair trade produce where possible, using free range eggs for our breakfast guests and most recently adding solar panels we are constantly aiming to reduce our impact on the environment.

With a goal of having a carbon positive footprint by 2022 we are committed to making a positive difference.

Some of our more recent and future initiatives include:

  • Switching to compostable coffee pods and compostable rubbish bags (all composted by us on site)
  • Providing reusable coffee cups for those guests wanting to grab a take-away coffee from one of the cafes or coffee carts in Marahau
  • Providing reusable water bottles for guests to take along on their adventures into the Abel Tasman National Park (we are lucky enough to have a spring on site which provides us with wonderful drinking water)
  • We have replaced single use toiletries with refillable body wash and shampoo bottles. We use Eco Store products which are made in NZ and come in recyclable containers made from sugar cane. Eco Store is a CarboNZero certified company
  • We now buy our power from Ecotricity, a NZ owned, CarboNZero certified company that only supplies renewable (wind/hydro/solar) power
  • While already paying all staff a living wage we are working towards becoming accredited by the Living Wage Movement


Abel Tasman Birdsong Trust

We are actively involved with the Abel Tasman Birdsong Trust, a local initiative which is responsible for pest control in the Abel Tasman National Park.

Abel Tasman Tree Collective

You may see Abel Tasman Tree Collective donation boxes around local businesses in the area. Every $10 donated goes towards planting another native tree in neglected areas of the local region to help encourage biodiversity.

We have seen firsthand the work that goes on behind the scenes in this organisation and we are proud to support their efforts in many different ways.
Abel Tasman Tree Collective

Abel Tasman Guardians

With a mission of educating children through experiences, Abel Tasman Guardians takes children on local conservation efforts so that they can make a tangible difference to their future and instill a feeling of ownership and guardianship for the land.

Project Jonah

Project Jonah trains volunteers to be on call to help out when large pods of whale strand themselves. We have been involved with a number of rescue efforts over the years and continue to support this initiative.

New Zealand Tourism Initiatives

New Zealand Sustainability Commitment:

Sustainable Tourism NZ has set out 14 business commitment guidelines to help New Zealand businesses become carbon neutral by 2025. While we are proud to have achieved these we regularly review and update our products and processes to help us become carbon neutral.
Sustainable Tourism

100% Pure New Zealand Experience

We are committed to go above and beyond what’s required as an accommodation provider to ensure that you get the quintessential New Zealand experience. If you would like to read more about the 100% Pure New Zealand Experience visit: New Zealand Tourism

Tiaki Promise

We are proud to support and follow the Tiaki Promise. We believe that we have a responsibility to protect and preserve New Zealand, our unique environment and our way of life for future generations.

This involves living and running our business by three simple ideals:
Whanaungatanga – relationship, a sense of family connection - a relationship through shared experiences and working together which provides people with a sense of belonging.
Manaakitanga – hospitality, kindness, generosity, support - the process of showing respect, generosity and care for others.
Kaitiakitanga – guardianship, stewardship of the land.
Tiaki Promise
Please contact us with any queries regarding your stay.

Tinline Bay, Abel Tasman New Zealand native bird, a tom tit Tree and coastal vegetation planting initiatives Stingray Fan shell on the beach