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  • Kinloch Lodge 19 rooms from $22

    Glenorchy, Otago

    Range of accommodation at the north end of Lake Wakatipu, from shared dorms to delightful double ensuites. Communal kitchen, restaurant, outdoor hot tub and stunning lake and mountain views. Fabulous watersports and a great base for Routeburn, Greenstone, Caples and Rees and Dart walking tracks.

    Great walks  -  Routeburn, Greenstone, Caples and Rees and Dart tracks
    Outstanding location  -  5 mins boat ride to Glenorchy town
    Views  -  Lake and mountain views
    Back to Nature
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  • Melbourne Lodge 34 rooms from $92

    Queenstown

    A range of rooms, suites and apartments to suit varying budgets in the centre of Queenstown. Clean, modern, friendly and functional, with free breakfast. A superb base for a winter stay with a choice of ski areas, not forgetting the winter festival, pure mountain mayhem! Ideal for larger groups.

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  • Chateau Marlborough 45 rooms from $112

    Blenheim, Marlborough

    Luxury hotel in central Blenheim with bright, contemporary and chic rooms all featuring separate kitchenettes. Larger suites have full kitchen and laundry facilities. Glorious outdoor swimming pool with fun bar, restaurant and views over Seymour Square gardens.

    Sights nearby  -  2 minutes walk from the centre of Blenheim
    Swimming Pool  -  Heated outdoor pool with poolside bar
    Great walks  -  Queen Charlotte Trail
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Recommended by  -  Fodors
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  • Botanica B&B 2 rooms from $117

    Blenheim, Marlborough

    Boutique B&B in Blenheim town, the heart of Marlborough wine region. Two suites set around award-winning garden with comfy beds, fun décor and laundry facilities. Free transfers to airport, bus and train stations. Delicious local and organic breakfast included.

    Great walks  -  Queen Charlottle Track
    Sights nearby  -  Omaka Aviation Museum
    Sailing  -  Can be booked nearby.
    Hideaway  -  Tranquil and intimate.
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  • Glendeer B&B Lodge 3 rooms from $117

    Timaru

    Run by Glendeer Fly Fishing Guides, this lodge has three ensuite rooms with underfloor heating, unlimited wifi and continental breakfast included in the stay. Use of fully equipped kitchen. Centrally located close to over 30 rivers and streams, making it ideal for the avid angler.

    Fishing  -  Centrally located to over 30 rivers and streams
    Remote  -  Off the beaten track.
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
    Back to Nature
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  • Finlay Banks Boutique Bed and Breakfast 2 rooms from $121

    Christchurch (Burwood)

    A charming and colourful family run boutique B&B run with two ensuite rooms. A lovely outdoor patio in the rose garden, generous breakfasts and nice touches like chocolates in rooms. Ten minute drive to Christchurch city centre.

    Restrictions on children  -  Not allowed
    Fishing  -  Excellent fishing nearby.
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
    Hideaway  -  Tranquil and intimate.
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  • The Portage Resort 41 rooms from $121

    Marlborough

    Range of accommodation options to suit varying budgets. Rooms modern, bright and some have private balconies. Great views to Kenepuru Sound. With an outdoor swimming pool, spa, gardens and restaurant specialising in seafood. Family friendly.

    Views  -  Views of Kenepuru Sound
    Great walks  -  Queen Charlotte Track
    Sailing  -  On Kenepuru Sound
    Spa
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  • Cathedral Inn 7 rooms from $122

    Nelson

    19th century mansion turned B&B in the centre of Nelson. Rooms are individually decorated in traditional style. Large tree-filled garden with outdoor seating areas. Within walking distance of cathedral, restaurants and galleries. Close to Abel Tasman National Park for great walks and birdwatching.

    Sights nearby  -  Right beside Christ Church Cathedral.
    Restrictions on children  -  Must be 12 or over
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Birdwatching  -  Good birding near the hotel.
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  • Hotel D'Urville 11 rooms from $127

    Marlborough

    1920s art deco style boutique hotel in Blenheim with 11 stylish and unique rooms, each with individual themes from classic to retro. Four poster beds, original art works and free wifi. Great restaurant and cocktail bar. An ideal base for exploring the Marlborough wineries.

    Four poster beds  -  For romantics.
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Recommended by  -  Fodors
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  • Sennen House 3 rooms from $140

    Marlborough

    Historic homestead built in 1886 now boutique accommodation in Picton. Large four poster beds, original NZ artworks and elegant furnishings. Formal gardens and Queen Elizabeth II National Trust protected native forest to the rear. Walking distance to restaurants and Queen Charlotte Track.

    Views  -  Views across the grounds to Picton, Victoria Domain and the hills
    Sights nearby  -  Great base for exploring the Marlborough region
    Great walks  -  Queen Charlotte Track
    Back to Nature
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  • Raetihi Lodge 14 rooms from $141

    Marlborough

    Luxury lodge on Kenepuru Sound in the Marlborough region. Rooms are chic, modern and comfortable with sea, garden and hill views. Waterfront restaurant, free fishing rods and kayaks for exploring the sounds. Close to golf course, Queen Charlotte Track and wineries. For a relaxing country escape.

    Kayaking  -  Two double and three single kayaks are available for guests to borrow
    Great walks  -  On either the Queen Charlotte or Nydia Tracks
    Fishing  -  Complimentary fishing rods to borrow.
    Views  -  Sea, garden and hill views
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  • Rimu Lodge 4 rooms from $142

    West Coast

    Eco-lodge overlooking Hokitika River with four boutique, clean and spacious suites. Owner-managed and committed to sustainable practices including recycling and composting. Close to Hokitika town and the west coast’s only white heron breeding colony.

    Birdwatching  -  Westland district is only white heron breeding colony on west coast
    Views  -  River and mountain views
    Great walks  -  Lake and beach walks
    Fishing  -  Hokitika River
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  • The Grange Boutique B&B and Motel 6 rooms from $151

    Christchurch

    A range of rooms and studios available in a family owned and run establishment. B&B section in 1874 heritage grade-II listed Victorian mansion, Motel in newer building. Rooms are large, spacious and tasteful. Close to centre of Christchurch and sights such as Botanic Gardens.

    Sights nearby  -  Botanic Gardens, Hagley Park, Christchurch casino
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  • Queenstown House 10 rooms from $151

    Queenstown

    Luxury apartments and B&B overlooking Lake Wakatipu to the distant Southern Alps. With stone clad fireplaces, local NZ art on wall, comfy double beds and private outdoor decks. An ideal base for exploring region, including skiing in Coronet Peak or The Remarkables (June to October) and hotsprings.

    Views  -  Overlooking Lake Wakatipu and to Southern Alps
    Great walks  -  In Fiordland national parks
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  • Marlborough B&B 2 rooms from $153

    Blenheim, Marlborough

    Friendly, comfortable, clean, spacious and charming boutique B&B in Marlborough wine country. Contained cottage also available with kitchen facilities. On seven acres with walnut grove, free range chickens and cattle. Fresh daily breakfast.

    Birdwatching  -  Local birdlife - pukeko, tui, ducks, herons, pheasants, fantails, bellbirds, magpies and morepork
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
    Fishing  -  Excellent fishing nearby.
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  • Antares Homestay from $155

    Marlborough

    Two self-contained accommodation options, each with a kitchen, living area and two bedrooms. In the famous Marlborough wine region and close to Wairau River for great fishing and birdwatching. Friendly hosts, private, peaceful and good value.

    Sights nearby  -  Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre, Marlborough Museum
    Views  -  Over vineyards to Wither Hills and Richmond Ranges
    Birdwatching  -  Rare black-fronted tern and black-billed gull
    Outstanding location  -  Close to braided Wairau River
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  • Peppers Awaroa Lodge 26 rooms from $159

    South Island

    Luxury eco-lodge in Abel Tasman National Park. Chic, contemporary interiors complement retro style furnishings. Rooms & suites all have sit out decking areas with great views over native bush, wetlands and an organic kitchen garden. Great framily friendly base for birdwatching and walking.

    Remote  -  No direct road access. Only accessible only accessible by foot, sea kayak, water taxi or air
    Birdwatching  -  Species include paradise duck, pukeko, tui, bellbird, dotterel, tern
    Views  -  Over wetlands and native bush
    Great walks  -  Abel Tasman Coastal Track
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  • Millbrook Resort 170 rooms from $169

    Queenstown

    A range of self catering cottages and suites situated on the 500 acre Millbrook Resort with a 27 hole golf course. Decor is contemporary, modern and slick. Cottages come with private verandas and dining areas. Also has a spa, indoor swimming pool and choice of four restaurants.

    Sights nearby  -  20 minute drive from Queenstown
    Outstanding location  -  Set on 500 acre golf resort
    Secluded setting  -  For escaping.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
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  • McCormick House 6 rooms from $179

    Picton, Marlborough

    Charming boutique B&B just outside Picton. Individually designed rooms feature luxury linens & handcrafted furniture. Lush half acre gardens. Ideal for a peaceful break, but equally a great base for enjoying all the activities on offer in the Marlborough Sounds.

    Quirky  -  Individual features in each room
    Great walks  -  Queen Charlotte Track
    Sailing  -  Can be booked nearby.
    Back to Nature
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  • Pine Hill Lodge 3 rooms from $183

    Tasman

    Set amongst an orchard, olive groves and walnut trees, this lodge has three boutique rooms with comfy beds, an outdoor hot tub and views out to the property's winery - Pine Hill Serenity Vineyard. Close to Tasman Great Taste Trail. Great for a country escape.

    Local markets  -  Nelson Market on Sundays
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor spa pool
    Fishing  -  Trout
    Restrictions on children
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  • Theloft@Hiddenhills 1 rooms from $183

    Wanaka

    Friendly boutique B&B on Lake Wanaka. One suite separate from main house, with dining room, living area and outdoor deck. Delicious breakfasts, comfy beds. Bicycles and fishing rods available for use, as well as parking space for a boat. Stunning mountain views, you won't want to leave.

    Great walks  -  Wanaka Outlet walk and cycle tracks along Clutha River 1km away
    Fishing  -  Free fishing rod hire
    Restrictions on children
    Hideaway  -  Tranquil and intimate.
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  • The Arrow Private Hotel 5 rooms from $184

    Queenstown (Arrowtown)

    Set in the historic gold mining town of Arrowtown, this boutique hotel offers five luxury suites designed to be in harmony with the alpine surroundings. With local NZ art, king-sized beds and panoramic views. Twenty minutes from Coronet ski field, with ski storage facilities. A peaceful place.

    Views  -  Alpine
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
    Back to Nature
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  • The Classic Villa 12 rooms from $191

    Christchurch Arts Centre

    Boutique B&B in bright pink Italian style villa in Canterbury. Rooms with top amenities and nice views. Delicious Mediterranean style breakfast with fresh tropical fruits and local produce. Eco-friendly and close to sights such as Botanic Gardens.

    Quirky  -  Bright pink in colour
    Restrictions on children  -  Must be 12 and over
    Recommended by  -  Fodors
  • Queenstown Park Boutique Hotel 19 rooms from $197

    Queenstown

    Luxurious boutique hotel in Queenstown with under-floor heating, New Zealand made and designed furniture and glass walled bathroms. Great alpine views, close to town centre and committed to eco-friendly practices.

    Views  -  To alpine Gondola
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
    Fishing  -  Excellent fishing nearby.
    5* Luxury  -  Very high service standards.
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  • The Waters 3 rooms from $201

    Tasman

    Boutique B&B overlooking Tasman Bay at top of South Island. Three modern, clean and comfy suites with terraces offering great sea and mountain views. With a spa pool and sauna. Great walks on next door Windhover Estate.

    Outstanding location  -  Set on edge of Windhover Estate, 10 hectares of olives and vines
    Views  -  Overlooking Tasman Bay and to Mt Arthur
    Swimming Pool  -  Spa pool
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
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  • Stoneleigh Lodge from $203

    Christchurch (Ohoka)

    Two suites in a luxury lodge set in 20 acres of landscaped grounds with three lakes and a working alpaca farm. Rooms, large and light with modern amenities. Use of an indoor heated pool during winter, and close to wineries, skiing and whale spotting destination. Ideal for an action packed holiday.

    Swimming Pool  -  Heated indoor pool
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
    Fishing  -  Excellent fishing nearby.
  • A Culinary Experience 2 rooms from $216

    Nelson (Atawhai)

    Boutique B&B outside Nelson with two large, light and luxurious suites adorned with original art. Hot tub, private wine cellar, private verandas and large garden to relax in. Gourmet breakfast, cooking classes and wine tours available. Close to beaches and great walks in Abel Tasman National Park.

    Views  -  The patios and decks have stunning views
    Local markets  -  Nelson holds a market every Saturday
    Sailing  -  Can be booked nearby.
    Cooking classes  -  Check for timings.
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  • Wakefield Quay House 2 rooms from $216

    Nelson

    Luxury B&B in 1905 historic villa on Nelson's waterfront with glorious views over Tasman Bay. Two tasteful, elegant and spacious ensuite rooms with antiques and original artworks. Close to Abel Tasman National Park, wineries and within walking distance of restaurants. Great for a weekend break.

    Views  -  Overlooking Tasman Bay and Nelson's Harbour entrance
    Great walks  -  Abel Tasman Coastal Track
    Sailing  -  Can be booked nearby.
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
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  • Clearview Lodge 3 rooms from $219

    Christchurch (Harewood)

    Luxury lodge with three tasteful and spacious suites just 15 minutes from Christchurch city centre. Set on 10 acres of vines, olive groves and orchards in a peaceful setting. Array of wild birds in garden and glorious outdoor seating area by pool.

    Birdwatching  -  Seasonal visitors in garden include paradise ducks and kingfishers
    Spa
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
    Hideaway  -  Tranquil and intimate.
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  • Villa Del Lago 16 rooms from $223

    Queenstown

    Fully serviced modern suites and apartments in Queenstown with kitchen, laundry, dining and sitting areas. Features such as gas flame fires, outdoor patios, balconies and free unlimited wifi. Family friendly, and close to Frankton walk and cycle trail.

    Views  -  Lake and mountain views
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
    Fishing  -  Excellent fishing nearby.
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  • Almyra Waterfront Lodge 3 rooms from $229

    Tasman

    Luxury B&B and apartment accommodation close to Abel Tasman National Park. Chic interiors are a clever mix of contemporary and traditional. Plus a swimming pool and hot tub, use of kayaks and three acres of gardens leading down to waterfront. Good for families, groups and adventure-seekers.

    Birdwatching  -  Species in area include waders, kingfishers and herons
    Views  -  Across Kina Estuary to Mt Arthur ranges
    Swimming Pool  -  Solar heated, outdoor and spa pool too
    Kayaking  -  Free use of kayaks
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  • No Road Inn 4 rooms from $238

    Malborough Sounds, Marlborough

    Accessible only by water taxi, helicopter or on foot, this lodge is the first night's stay along the Queen Charlotte Track. Light and airy rooms with private outdoor decks, showers and free standing baths. With an outdoor hot tub, native forest garden, restaurant and wifi. Luxury in the wilderness.

    Great walks  -  On the Queen Charlotte Hiking Track
    Outstanding location  -  Situated on the Queen Charlotte Track
    Birdwatching  -  Motuara Island bird sanctuary
    Views  -  Bush and waterfront views
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  • Antria Boutique Lodge 2 rooms from $244

    Blenheim, Marlborough

    Charming boutique lodge consisting of two suites with high timber ceilings and quirky, contemporary local art. Friendly hosts offer tailored tours of the area. Within walking distance to restaurants and wineries. Garden with chickens, pigs and sheep. Great for a weekend break.

    Local markets  -  Marlborough Farmers Market (seasonal)
    Sailing  -  Boat trips in the Marlborough sounds
    Great walks  -  Queen Charlotte Track
    Fishing  -  Excellent fishing nearby.
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  • Escape to Picton 3 rooms from $244

    Picton, Marlborough

    Fun & lively boutique hotel on Picton's waterfront. Romantic rooms decorated in a neutral palette with opulent accessories including chandeliers, wooden floors and free standing baths. Highly acclaimed on site restaurant for local seafood & more. Great base for exploring Marlborough region.

    Sights nearby  -  Two minutes to the town centre
    Views  -  Overlooking Picton Marina
    Great walks  -  Queen Charlotte Track
    Restrictions on children
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  • Wairepo House from $267

    Nelson, Tasman

    Boutique country house hotel with elegant suites. Spectacular landscaped gardens including two acres of peonies and a working apple and pear orchard. Outdoor swimming pool, grass tennis court and giant chess. Close to three national parks and Motueka rivers.

    Fishing  -  On Motueka rivers
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
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  • Vintners Retreat from $270

    Marlborough

    Luxury accommodation in Marlborough vines. Self catering cottages with kitchen, laundry, living area and outdoor patio with BBQ. Swimming pool and tennis court on site. Ideal for wine tours and trips to local beaches.

    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
    Fishing  -  Excellent fishing nearby.
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  • The George 53 rooms from $275

    Christchurch

    Small luxury boutique hotel in centre of Christchurch. Local art on walls, top amenities and great views from rooms out to Hagley Park or River Avon. Two award winning restaurants, access to a gym and free use of mountain bikes. City style done well.

    Views  -  Overlooking picturesque Hagley Park and River Avon
    Sights nearby  -  Short walk from museum, botanical gardens, casino
    Hideaway  -  Tranquil and intimate.
    Recommended by  -  Tablet, Fodors
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  • The Resurgence Luxury Eco Lodge 10 rooms from $355

    Motueka, Tasman

    This eco-lodge offers luxurious, comfortable and stylish rooms in Riwaka Valley on 50 acres of native bush. Some rooms have views over Kahurangi National Park. With a spa, outdoor swimming pool, gym and hot tub. Committed to sustainable practices including solar power and recycling.

    Outstanding location  -  In Riwaka Valley on 50 acres of native bush on edge of two national parks
    Great walks  -  5km of walking tracks around the Lodge
    Views  -  Over the Kahurangi National Park
    Designer  -  Uniquely designed interiors.
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  • Evergreen Lodge 4 rooms from $368

    Queenstown

    Clean, comfortable and luxurious five star accommodation with wonderful unobstructed views over Lake Wakatipu. With a gym, sauna, laundry room and outdoor dining area. Ideal for a relaxing stay away from the bustle of the town.

    Views  -  Across lake to The Remarkables
    Fishing  -  Excellent fishing nearby.
    5* Luxury  -  Very high service standards.
    Secluded setting  -  For escaping.
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  • Old Saint Mary's Convent 5 rooms from $371

    Blenheim, Marlborough

    Heritage hotel with fascinating religious history set in 60 acres of vines, park-like gardens and olive groves. Five suites with modern amenities, antique furnishings, rimu panelling and stained glass windows. Plus an outdoor pool and private chapel. Full of character and charm.

    Views  -  Of surrounding vineyards, gardens and Richmond Ranges
    Quirky  -  Small family of cats lives on property
    Sights nearby  -  Omake Aviation Heritage Centre
    Great walks  -  Queen Charlotte Track
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  • Bay of Many Coves Resort 11 rooms from $421

    Picton, Marlborough

    Tranquil and private luxury eco resort with spacious, elegant rooms & apartments. Outdoor decks & huge picture windows make the most of fantastic views over the bay. With a fine dining restaurant, private jetty, hot tub and outdoor swimming pool. Dolphin spotting and great walks nearby.

    Kayaking  -  Borrow a Sea Kayak or Dinghy for exploring Marlborough Sounds
    Great walks  -  Queen Charlotte Track and 50 acres of private bush to explore
    Birdwatching  -  Species include Kereru, Tui and Weka
    Remote  -  Only accessible by water or air
    Recommended by  -  Small Luxury Hotels
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  • Lake Timara Lodge 4 rooms from $434

    Marlborough

    Luxury lodge with English country house feel in the heart of NZ's Marlborough wine region. Rooms with antique furnishings, bright wall paper, comfy double beds and seating areas. With a swimming pool, 5 acre garden with deliciously scented roses, tennis court and private wine cellar. Just charming.

    Birdwatching  -  Native wood pigeons, black swans, teal, geese, ducks
    Great walks  -  Queen Charlotte Track
    Fishing  -  Excellent fishing nearby.
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
  • Whare Kea Lodge and Chalet 6 rooms from $441

    Wanaka

    Luxury accommodation on Lake Wanaka. Ensuite rooms with under-floor heating, walk-in double-headed showers and contemporary local art on walls. With a hot tub, day spa and ski storage. Yoga and cooking classes available. Ideal for an active holiday or country escape.

    Views  -  To lake and Southern Alps
    Great walks  -  Around lake
    Remote  -  Off the beaten track.
    Restrictions on children
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  • Bronte Country Estate 5 rooms from $449

    Nelson

    Luxury suites and villas set on Nelson's Bronte Peninsula with views across Waimea Estuary. Chic, modern and elegant rooms with private terraces and verandas. With a swimming pool, massage facilities and free use of bikes. Lovely rose gardens. Family owned for generations.

    Birdwatching  -  On Waimea Estuary
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Back to Nature
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
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  • Matakauri Lodge 16 rooms from $450

    Queenstown (569 Glenorchy Road)

    Luxury lodge with wow factor in stunning location just seven minutes drive from Queenstown on Lake Wakatipu. Range of villas and suites available, all with private balconies and decks with views to distant mountains. Heated outdoor infinity pool, gym and spa. Blissful country escape.

    Swimming Pool  -  Heated outdoor infinity pool
    Views  -  Across lake to mountains
    Opulent
    Spa
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith
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  • The Spire Hotel 10 rooms from $486

    Queenstown

    Ten luxurious modern suites with stone clad fireplaces, wooden shutters and fresh flowers in rooms. With a cocktail bar, restaurant, access to a gym and garden. In centre of Queenstown within walking distance of restaurants, cafes and sights.

    Views  -  Lake and mountain
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
    Hideaway  -  Tranquil and intimate.
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith
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  • Hapuku Lodge and Tree Houses 10 rooms from $500

    Kaikoura (RD 1)

    Contemporary country hotel in Kairkoura, one of NZ’s top whale watching areas. Tree house style rooms with handcrafted wooden beds and furniture, rainforest showers and great views. With a pool, sauna and library. A great base to explore the local wildlife, walks and Maori culture.

    Birdwatching  -  Species include Hutton's Shearwater, 5 species of Albatross
    Views  -  To Kaikoura Mountain Range, Pacific Ocean and olive groves
    Designer  -  Uniquely designed interiors.
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith
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  • Fiordland Lodge 12 rooms from $509

    Te Anau

    Ten rooms in lodge and two self-contained loft-style log cabins with views to Lake Te Anau. Rooms in muted natural colours and textures reflect the landscape, and have outdoor seating areas. Next to Fiordland National Park, with great walking trails and scenery.

    Views  -  Over Lake Te Anau
    Restrictions on children  -  Must be over 5
    Fishing  -  Excellent fishing nearby.
    Hideaway  -  Tranquil and intimate.
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  • Otahuna Lodge from $492

    Christchurch (Tai Tapu)

    Luxury lodge with 118 year old stunning gardens nationally recognised for their beauty. Rooms are light and spacious, with open fireplaces and antique furniture. Cooking classes available with onsite chef. Perfect for a relaxing romantic getaway.

    Views  -  Across Canterbury plains to Southern Alps
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Secluded setting  -  For escaping.
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
    Recommended by  -  Fodors, Tablet, Relais & Chateaux
  • Eichardts Private Hotel 10 rooms from $771

    Queenstown

    Spectacular views from this luxury hotel on the shores of Lake Wakatipu. Chic designer decor bringing warmth and style with open fireplaces and comfy beds. Ski storage, a gym, bar and restaurant serving local seasonal cuisine. Ideal for browsing in the designer boutiques and taking in the city.

    Designer  -  Details curated by New Zealand decorator Virginia Fisher
    Views  -  Across lake
    Back to Nature
    Sailing  -  Can be booked nearby.
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith
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  • Azur Lodge from $781

    Queenstown

    Open plan apartments with floor to ceiling windows, glass doors and open plan layout including dining and living areas. Stunning views across Lake Wakatipu to The Remarkables and Cecil and Walter Peaks, only five minutes to Queenstown. Perfect for a romantic getaway.

    Views  -  Across Lake Wakatipu
    Back to Nature
    Hideaway  -  Tranquil and intimate.
    Fishing  -  Excellent fishing nearby.
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith
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  • Blanket Bay 12 rooms from $1522

    Otago

    Set on a sheep, cattle and deer farm on the shore of Lake Wakatipu, this luxury lodge has open fireplaces, schist stone and timber beams. Rooms with antique furniture, large double beds and private balconies overlooking the bay. There is mountain biking and riding on the farm.

    Fishing  -  Close to Dart River
    Restrictions on children  -  Must be 10 or over
    Views  -  Over Blanket Bay
    Sailing  -  Can be booked nearby.
    Recommended by  -  Tablet, Fodors
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New Zealand’s South Island has some of the world’s most spectacularly diverse scenery. There are jagged, misty peaks and mysterious glaciers and fjords, snow dusted mountains with peaceful lakes, forests and rainforest and near perfect beaches. This is a fantastic backdrop for everything on the adventure sports scale and home to some of New Zealand’s rarest animals. The best places to stay on the South Island range from boutique country house hotels in the wine regions to city hotels and remote eco-lodges. And you’ll find our Guru’s recommendations for the best places to stay on the South Island in all the major cities and travel destinations.

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Picton is thought of by many as the gateway to the South Island, but it’s also the best place to land if you want to explore the Marlborough Sounds or walk the Queen Charlotte Track. In summer the ferries are very busy and this is a charming little centre, with plenty to do.

Lively little Nelson is also at the top of the South Island, overlooking Tasman Bay, and right on the edge of the pristine wilderness of the Abel Tasman National Park.

Christchurch is the South island’s largest city, often called ‘the Garden City’, but also familiar to many because of its recent earthquakes.

Queenstown is probably a larger destination when it comes to visitors, this is New Zealand’s extreme sports capital, known for the adventures offered right on its doorstep, on the stunning surrounds of Lake Wakatipu and the peaks of The Remarkables. These make the perfect backdrops to try your hand at bungy jumping, skydiving, jet-boating, skiing or playing golf - at one of the five international standard golf courses.

If you’re travelling to the South Island for the Abel Tasman National Park, the Nelson Lakes National Park, the Kahurangi National Park, or the Tasman Mountains, the Victoria Ranges or Mount Franklin then you’ll be travelling through the Tasman district, which also borders the Marlborough wine region and the city of Nelson.

Otago is where you’ll find Dunedin and the strange landscape of the old gold rush belt, but it’s also got the Otago Peninsula - known for its varied wildlife, several great wine regions and it’s well known for its cycling trails.

Fiordland is where you’ll find Milford and Doubtful Sounds - vast, still fjords surrounded by steep cliffs, and the Milford Track, one of the world’s most scenic walking trails. Outside the deep, dark fjords lies the Tasman Sea, so everywhere you look around here you’re in for breathtaking scenes.

The Best Places to Stay on the South Island

For a special occasion

  • The Bay of Many Coves Resort is a private, tranquil ecolodge with eleven rooms and apartments. Some rooms have huge decks or floor to ceiling windows, to take advantage of the fantastic views over the bay. There’s also a private jetty, fine dining restaurant and an outdoor pool and hot tub.
  • The Azur Lodge is a collection of nine villas, just five minutes drive from Queenstown, but right on the shores of Lake Wakatipu, with views across the lake to The Remarkables beyond. Each villa has floor to ceiling windows and living and dining areas, and the whole place feels tranquil and secluded.

To get away from it all

  • The Waters is a boutique three room B&B with modern, comfortable suites and extraordinary views of both the sea and the mountains. There’s also a spa pool and sauna, and you’re right on the edge of the Windhover Estate, surrounded by acres of grape vines and olive groves.
  • Glendeer B&B Lodge in Timaru is a three room property located in between a bevy of beautiful rivers and streams - so it’s an especially good choice for keen fishermen. The lodge has a fully equipped kitchen, but they also do a continental breakfast for guests.
  • Matakauri Lodge enjoys a stunning location on the shores of Lake Wakatipu, and each of its 16 rooms, villas and suites have private balconies and decks from which to take full advantage of the glorious views. There’s also a heated outdoor infinity pool and a gym and spa. And you’re really just seven minutes drive from Queenstown.

For spectacular views

  • The Portage Resort offers a choice of accommodation to suit a range of budgets, including several options less than £100 per night. Rooms are modern and light, some with private balconies and the whole resort has spectacular views to Kenepuru Sound.
  • The Bronte Country Estate is on Nelson’s Bronte Peninsula, offering views over the Waimea Estuary. The rooms are chic and modern with private terraces and verandas. There’s also a swimming pool, a lovely rose garden and free bike hire.
  • Eichardts Private Hotel is a small, but very luxurious hotel on the shores of Lake Wakatipu. There are just ten chic, designer rooms and a gym, bar and restaurant serving seasonal local cuisine. There are wonderful views and yet you’re still close to the highlights of Queenstown.

For food and wine

  • The two room Marlborough B&B is a charming little B&B, right in the heart of wine country, which also has a self catering cottage. The house and cottage are set on seven acres, which also support a walnut grove, a few cattle and some free range chicken. Peaceful and perfect for birdwatchers.
  • Lake Timara Lodge is a luxurious lodge with an English country house feel. There are just four rooms, decorated with antiques and bright wallpaper, plus a pool, tennis court, excellent wine cellar and five acres of beautiful, fragrant gardens.
  • A Culinary Experience in Nelson is a boutique, two room B&B focussed on gourmet food, cooking classes and wine tasting tours. The accommodation is light and luxurious, with a hot tub, private cellars and a large veranda.

For lovers of The Great Outdoors

  • Blanket Bay is a sheep, cattle and deer farm, right on the shores of Lake Wakatipu. There are 12 rooms available, with open fireplaces, charming antiques, exposed timber beams and most importantly, private balconies overlooking the bay. There’s great riding opportunities on the farm, but also great mountain biking.
  • Just outside Picton, convenient for the Queen Charlotte Track and the Marlborough Sounds, McCormick House is a charming, six room B&B set amongst lush grounds. The rooms are all different, but all have luxurious linen and handcrafted furniture.

For total relaxation

  • Wairepo House is a boutique, country house hotel with elegant suites and beautiful landscaped gardens - including working apple and pear orchards. There’s also a pool, tennis court and you’re in the heart of some breathtaking scenery.
  • Vintners Retreat offers luxurious cottage accommodation in amongst the wine rows of Marlborough. Each cottage has its own kitchen, laundry, living room, patio and BBQ. There’s also a swimming pool and tennis courts on site.

The Best Places to Stay on the South Island - Christchurch

  • The George is a 53 room boutique hotel in the heart of Christchurch. Here you’ll enjoy top facilities and great views, both inside and out, inside there’s local art, and outside there’s Hagley Park. The George has two award winning restaurants. And free mountain bike hire.
  • The Classic Villa is a bright pink boutique B&B converted from a Canterbury villa. Rooms have all the mod. cons. and there’s a delicious, Mediterranean style breakfast on offer.
  • At Otahuna Lodge, a wonderful old country house surrounded by nationally recognised, stunning gardens, more than a hundred years old, guests stay in light, spacious rooms decorated with antiques. And enjoy great food - or cooking classes - care of a fantastic onsite chef.
  • Stoneleigh Lodge is a luxurious lodge, set within 20 acres of its own landscaped grounds - some of which is now an alpaca farm. Rooms are large and light, and you’re slightly out of town, on route to the wineries.

For the Abel Tasman National Park

  • Peppers Awaroa Lodge is a luxury eco-lodge by the coast, and within the Abel Tasman National Park. There are 26 rooms and suites, all with outside decks and great views over the bush and wetlands. There’s also a wonderful organic kitchen garden. You can’t drive here, you can walk in, sea kayak, or come by water taxi or helicopter.
  • The Almyra Waterfront Lodge is a chic three room B&B close to the Abel Tasman National Park, with stunning, ever changing mountain and sea views. Despite being small there’s a pool, hot tub, three acres of gardens leading down to the waterfront and kayaks available for guests to use.
  • The The Resurgence Luxury Eco Lodge is on the edge of the Abel Tasman National Park and the Kahurangi National Park, with views over both of them. The accommodation is luxurious, ten stylish rooms, with a pool, spa, gym and hot tub.

Still not sure which to book? Browse though our list of all the best places to stay on the South Island, or contact one of our friendly Gurus for advice.