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New Zealand’s South Island has some of the world’s most spectacularly diverse scenery. There are jagged, misty peaks, mysterious glaciers and fjords, snow-dusted mountains with peaceful lakes, forests and rainforest as well as near perfect beaches. This is a fantastic backdrop for everything on the adventure sports scale and it's also 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. You’ll find that our Guru’s recommendations are mainly in the major cities and travel destinations.

Local Spots

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 for you to try your hand at bungee 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, 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 extremely 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 and dark fjords lies the Tasman Sea, so everywhere you look around here you’re in for breathtaking scenes.

What Not To Miss

  • Go kayaking around the lakes of the awe-inspiring Milford Sound, surrounded by stunning natural scenery and brimming with local wildlife.
  • The Christchurch Botanic Gardens are a lovely place to take a break from sightseeing and enjoy a picnic.
  • The Giant's House is an historic property in Akaroa. Featuring lovely terraced gardens filled with colourful sculptures and mosaics by the artist Jodie Martin, as well as French style interiors, it's a lovely spot to spend an hour or two.
  • The Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre (in the Marlborough region) sheds light on the history of flight, including a WWI exhibition by Peter Jackson himself! With a variety of aircraft and personal items from some of the most famous aviators, including the Red Baron, it's a fascinating visit.
  • Cycle along the 152km long Otago Centrail Rail Trail, showcasing some of the region's most breathtaking scenery.

As always, if you want to be assured of a room in one of the best places to stay on the South Island then book ahead!

Picton

  • Sennen House is a classic homestead turned B&B on the edge of town. Rooms are large and elegant, some with four poster beds. It's set amid beautiful formal gardens plus there is protected native forest to the rear.
  • Escape to Picton is a lively hotel right on Picton's waterfront, Rooms are traditional with polished wood floors and opulent accessories. Plius there's a highly acclaimed on site restaurant specialising in local seafood.

Nelson

  • Wakefield Quay House is a luxury B&B on Nelson's seafront. It's an historic villa with stunning views over Tasman Bay, and just two rooms decorated in traditional style.
  • Cathedral Inn is a good value B&B right in the centre of town. Come for individually decorated rooms, large garden with outside seating and walking distance to restaurants and bars.

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 which is ideal for exploring the area.
  • 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. Tuck into great food or join in with 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.

Queenstown

  • Queenstown House offers both B&B rooms and self catering apartments, some with outdoor deckts, overlooking Lake Wakatipu. Perfect for wintersports or summer outdoor enthusiasts.
  • For a luxury stay in the centre of town book The Spire Hotel. It offers just ten modern suites plus cocktail bar and restaurant.
  • Melbourne Lodge is our budget option. It offers a range of rooms, suites and apartments and prices start from as little as £77 per night.

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, 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, whilst 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 as well as a gym and spa. Plus, you’re just seven minutes drive from Queenstown.
  • The intimate, four room Evergreen Lodge provides 5* accommodation with unobstructed views over Lake Wakatipu. The suites are clean, comfortable and tasteful, whilst there's also a gym and a sauna.

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.
  • Te Koi Lodge is located on Nelson’s Bronte Peninsula, offering gorgeous views over the Waimea Estuary. The rooms are chic and modern with private terraces and verandas. Plus there's a swimming pool, lovely gardens and gourmet dining.
  • Eichardts Private Hotel is a small, but very luxurious hotel on the shores of Lake Wakatipu. There are just ten chic, designer rooms plus a gym, bar and restaurant serving seasonal local cuisine. Enjoy the wonderful views, yet you’re also still close to the highlights of Queenstown.
  • Kinloch Lodge, Otago provides a wide range of accommodation in a stunning rural area with views to die for. The shared kitchen means it's great for travellers who want a bit of independence, whilst there's also an outdoor hot tub - the perfect way to bask in your lovely surroundings.

For food and wine

  • The two room Marlborough B&B is a charming little B&B, situated 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, located 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 individually decorated, but all have luxurious linen and handcrafted furniture.
  • No Road Inn, located in a secluded setting which isn't accessible by car, offers four tasteful rooms in light hues and with stunning views. Spend your days exploring the Queen Charlotte Hiking track, or go birdwatching, before coming back to relax in the outdoor hot tub.

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 and tennis court, whilst you’re wonderfully located 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.

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 boasting great views over the bush and wetlands. There’s also a wonderful organic kitchen garden. You can’t drive here but you can walk in, sea kayak, 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 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, with ten stylish rooms as well as a pool, spa, gym and hot tub.

For An Apartment Or Villa

If you'd prefer the privacy of a self-catering option then browse through the wide variety available online with our partner, Booking.com.

Travel Information

  • The South Island's never exactly balmy - the average temperature rises to 17?C in January and February, the hottest months. So you're best off visiting in the summertime if you want to make the most out of your surroundings - in the winter, temperatures can frequently dip below zero.
  • Visitors can fly into Christchurch Airport, located 12km northeast of the city centre and served well by public transport links.
  • For car hire prices, we recommend you visit our online partner Rentalcars.

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Best Hotels in South Island

  • Kinloch Lodge, Otago Glenorchy, South Island 19 rooms from £17

    Great walks  -  Routeburn, Greenstone, Caples and Rees and Dart tracks
    Outstanding location  -  5 mins boat ride to Glenorchy town
    Lakeside  -  At north end of Lake Wakatipu
    Views  -  Lake and mountain views

    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. See More

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  • Sherwood Queenstown (Aotearoa) 78 rooms from £70

    Families  -  Large family suites available, with a range of dining, babysitting and activity options available to keep the whole family busy
    Active Holiday  -  With ski equipment to hire and repair on-site, and access to local outdoor activities, this hotel is perfect for active guests
    Back to Nature  -  With an eco-conscious vibe promoting harmony with the natural world, Sherwood supports guests in reconnecting with the nature
    Foodies  -  Enjoy organic, on-site or locally sourced and produced food prepared in a hearty and rustic style

    Attractive lodgings just outside Queenstown with an eco-conscious vibe. This bohemian retreat is perfect for guests hitting the slopes on the Remarkables mountain range. With excellent organic food, spacious rooms with spectacular views, and very attractive rates - this is an alluring stay. See More

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  • Eco Villa Christchurch Central 8 rooms from £75

    Eco break  -  Diligent in recycling and the use of sustainable goods - furnished with re-claimed and upcycled wood and textiles
    Groups  -  The communal kitchen and spaces lend themselves to group bookings, with whole-house deals available
    City Style  -  A stylish converted townhouse in the heart of Christchurch's central district
    Lively area  -  Most of the city's bars and nightlife can be found in the central district which the property occupies

    Housed in a large, grand, yet charming villa in the centre of Christchurch. Eco Villa is a sustainable, community-minded B&B which offers relaxed shared spaces and large, comfortable rooms. Outdoor bathtubs are set within the impressive garden. A characterful stay for families or couples. See More

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  • Melbourne Lodge Queenstown 34 rooms from £77

    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. See More

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  • Chateau Marlborough Blenheim (Corner High and Henry Streets) 45 rooms from £88

    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

    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. See More

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  • Kaikoura Boutique Hotel Kaikoura 12 rooms from £90

    Active Holiday  -  Set right on the coast and offering a host of outdoor activities in the surrounding area
    Great walks  -  Find miles of hiking trails starting from nearby the property
    Restrictions on children  -  Children 15 years and under cannot be accommodated
    Views  -  Wonderful views over the water

    A chic boutique property offering a spectacular coastal position in Kaikoura. Bright bedrooms are simply decorated in grey and white hues while the picture windows spectacularly frame the views. With friendly hosts, indulgent breakfasts and even a champagne bar, this property is hard to beat. See More

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  • Botanica B&B Blenheim 2 rooms from £92

    Great walks  -  Queen Charlottle Track
    Sights nearby  -  Omaka Aviation Museum
    Sailing  -  Can be booked nearby.
    Hideaway  -  Tranquil and intimate.

    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. See More

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  • Glendeer B&B Lodge Timaru 3 rooms from £92

    Fishing  -  Centrally located to over 30 rivers and streams
    Remote  -  Off the beaten track.
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
    Back to Nature

    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. See More

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  • Finlay Banks Boutique Bed and Breakfast Christchurch (Burwood) 2 rooms from £95

    Restrictions on children  -  Not allowed
    Fishing  -  Excellent fishing nearby.
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
    Hideaway  -  Tranquil and intimate.

    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. See More

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  • The Portage Resort South Island 41 rooms from £95

    Views  -  Views of Kenepuru Sound
    Great walks  -  Queen Charlotte Track
    Sailing  -  On Kenepuru Sound
    Spa

    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. See More

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  • Cathedral Inn Nelson 7 rooms from £96

    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.

    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. See More

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  • Queenstown Country Lodge Queenstown 5 rooms from £98

    Country Escape  -  Whether your idea of a rural break is pure adventure or just lounging with a good book in a hot tub, this lodge has you covered
    Active Holiday  -  Head to one of the nearby ski resorts for the day or use one of the hotel's bicycles for an adventurous day out
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.

    A secluded lodge set in spectacular countryside outside of Queenstown. Boutique interiors have a chic contemporary feel and all the rooms offer mountain views. Breakfasts are served on the terrace and there's a hot tub to soak in after a day's adventuring. An indulgent and well located rural escape. See More

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  • Hotel D'Urville Blenheim 11 rooms from £100

    Four poster beds  -  For romantics.
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Recommended by  -  Fodors

    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. See More

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  • Larnach Castle Dunedin (Otago Peninsula) 18 rooms from £84

    Back to Nature  -  The area is renowned for its yellow-eyed penguins and albatross, a great base for wildlife enthusiasts
    Country Escape  -  A unique experience to stay in lodges within the grounds of a family-owned castle
    Great walks  -  Take long walks along the Otago Peninsula Headland and look out for wildlife along the way
    Sailing  -  Can be booked nearby.

    A choice of accommodation spread across the grounds of New Zealand's only castle. The Lodge offers a truly traditional stay, while the stables are the cheaper option yet are more contemporary. Three-course dinners are served within the castle's dining room. A grand rural stay. See More

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  • Sennen House Picton 3 rooms from £110

    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

    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. See More

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  • The Rees Hotel Queenstown 155 rooms from £110

    City Style  -  While on the outskirts, the hotel is excellently linked to the city and is certainly one of its most stylish establishments
    Total relaxation  -  Primed for relaxation with excellent service, the highest quality fixtures and fittings and luxury complementaries
    Families  -  Family rooms and services are available to ensure a relaxing stay for the whole family
    Birdwatching  -  The lake front reserve is committed to a programe intended to promote the attraction and flourishing of local birds at the site

    The Rees Hotel offers comprehensive luxury. Smart rooms are spacious and contemporary in design with floor to ceiling windows and indulgent bathrooms. With a range of wellness therapies, grand lakeside views and fine dining (complete with a choice selection of wines), this is a chic stay. See More

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  • Raetihi Lodge Marlborough, South Island 14 rooms from £111

    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

    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. See More

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  • Rimu Lodge Hokitika (Rimu) 4 rooms from £112

    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

    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. See More

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  • The Canyons Queenstown 3 rooms from £115

    Back to Nature  -  Set amidst majestic mountains and overlooking Shotover Canyon; this is an impressive spot for a nature escape
    Families  -  Rent the lodge out in its entirety (it sleeps up to eight) for an idyllic family break
    Sights nearby  -  Set just 4km outside of Queensland which is filled with museums, restaurants and exhibitions
    Views  -  Breathtaking views over the Shotover River Canyons

    A charming small lodge boasting a spectacular canyon side setting within striking distance of Queenstown. Interiors are perfectly rustic chic with beamed ceilings, roll-top baths and picture frame windows. The hosts are charming and breakfasts wonderfully indulgent. An idyllic and convenient escape. See More

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  • The Grange Boutique B&B and Motel Christchurch 6 rooms from £119

    Sights nearby  -  Botanic Gardens, Hagley Park, Christchurch casino

    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. See More

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  • Queenstown House Queenstown 10 rooms from £119

    Views  -  Overlooking Lake Wakatipu and to Southern Alps
    Great walks  -  In Fiordland national parks
    Lakeside

    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. See More

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  • Marlborough B&B Blenheim (Tua Marina) 2 rooms from £120

    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.

    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. See More

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  • Antares Homestay Blenheim (Renwick) from £122

    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

    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. See More

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  • Hotel St Moritz Queenstown 134 rooms from £123

    Romantic Break  -  With stylish suites, a romantic restaurant and hot tub garden, book this hotel for a chic couples' city break
    Local exploring  -  This hotel makes a superb base from which to explore the broader region of New Zealand’s South Island
    City Style  -  Set in the heart of Queenstown in a chic, Alpine-style property, this hotel has lots of city charm
    Great walks  -  Queenstown is riddled with walking paths and hiking trails; enquire at the hotel for guidance on the best routes
    Recommended by  -  Tablet

    This luxury bolt-hole overlooks Lake Wakatipu in Queenstown. The hotel's alpine exterior gives way to cosy guestrooms with contrasting textures, where leather headboards juxtapose with relief wallpaper and sink-in throws. Enjoy bespoke cocktails at the hotel's Lombardi Bar. See More

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  • QT Queenstown Queenstown 69 rooms from £124

    Kayaking  -  Kayak through the Milford Sounds with local guides from Rosco’s Milford Kayaks, who lead groups tours for all ability levels
    Views  -  Some rooms have a Juliet balcony and sweeping views of the mountain range
    Swimming Pool  -  There’s a heated outdoor plunge pool for quick dips
    Lakeside  -  On the shores of Lake Wakatipu
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith

    Luxurious hotel conveniently located in beautiful Queenstown. Rooms offer stunning views over the lake or mountains. Feast on delicious international-fusion cuisine and sip cocktails at the chic bar. Features a neat heated plunge pool and sauna. A spoiling base to explore this beautiful region. See More

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  • Black Estate B&B North Canterbury, South Island 1 rooms from £125

    Romantic Break  -  A chic intimate stay with the added advantage of access to the estate's restaurant - the perfect couples' escape
    Foodies  -  The superb restaurant offers an ever changing menu using local organic produce paired with the estate's wines
    Country Escape  -  Set within the grounds of a winery with far reaching views across the vineyards and mountains
    Great walks  -  Head out on long walks right from the front door

    An architecturally striking building housing a contemporary studio apartment and an acclaimed organic restaurant set on the Black Estate winery. Ideal for a romantic escape - the studio is chic and secluded with far-reaching views across the vineyard from its floor to ceiling windows. Superb! See More

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  • Awaroa Lodge South Island 26 rooms from £125

    Remote  -  No direct road access. 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 Coast Track

    Wilderness 4 star 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. See More

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  • Speargrass Rise Arrowtown (Dalefield) 2 rooms from £98

    Romantic Break  -  With a hot tub, wonderful views, and complete seclusion this is the perfect spot to hideaway with your significant other
    Country Escape  -  An elevated retreat offering spectacular mountain views and excellent walking country
    Great walks  -  Step out the front door and explore the beautiful surrounding countryside
    Minimum Stay  -  Two night minimum stay

    Boasting an elevated position with wonderful mountain views, this intimate hotel is an idyllic hideaway. Traditional rooms are simply dressed with beamed ceilings, sink-into-beds and picture-frame windows. With an adult-only policy, utter seclusion and a hot tub with views this is a romantic escape. See More

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  • Cardrona Hotel Cardrona 9381 16 rooms from £101

    Local exploring  -  On the stunning Crown Range road between Wanaka and Queenstown, the perfect base from which to explore the Central Otago region
    Historic  -  Established in 1863, one of New Zealand’s oldest hotels, one of only two remaining buildings from the region's gold rush era
    Charming  -  Rumoured to be the most photographed building in New Zealand, the historic facade hides a stylish and award winning interior
    Kayaking  -  Explore Lake Wanaka and the Clutha River in a kayak or on a stand-up paddle board. Guided tours and freedom rentals available

    One of the last remaining buildings from the Cardrona gold-rush era and arguably one of the most famous hotels in the country. Charming rooms are simple yet cosy with grey and blue hues, sink into beds and wooden furniture. Boasting an award-winning restaurant and popular beer garden. See More

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  • Millbrook Resort Arrowtown 170 rooms from £133

    Sights nearby  -  20 minute drive from Queenstown
    Outstanding location  -  Set on 500 acre golf resort
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Secluded setting  -  For escaping.

    A range of 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 three restaurants. See More

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  • McCormick House Picton 6 rooms from £141

    Quirky  -  Individual features in each room
    Great walks  -  Queen Charlotte Track
    Sailing  -  Can be booked nearby.
    Back to Nature

    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. See More

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  • Pine Hill Lodge Tasman 3 rooms from £144

    Local markets  -  Nelson Market on Sundays
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor spa pool
    Fishing  -  Trout
    Restrictions on children

    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. See More

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  • Theloft@Hiddenhills Wanaka 1 rooms from £144

    Great walks  -  Wanaka Outlet walk and cycle tracks along Clutha River 1km away
    Lakeside  -  Just three minutes from Lake Wanaka
    Fishing  -  Free fishing rod hire
    Restrictions on children

    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. See More

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  • Hotel 115 Christchurch 37 rooms from £113

    Local exploring  -  Well positioned in the heart of Christchurch with many of the main attractions within walking distance
    Sailing  -  Can be booked nearby.
    Sights nearby  -  Well located for major sights.

    A chic boutique hotel in the heart of Christchurch. Spacious rooms have large domed windows, sink-into beds and luxurious bathrooms. With the friendly service and proximity to the city's major attractions, this is a smart choice. See More

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  • The Arrow Private Hotel Arrowtown 5 rooms from £145

    Views  -  Alpine
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
    Back to Nature

    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. See More

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  • Central Ridge Boutique Hotel Queenstown 14 rooms from £149

    Active Holiday  -  Find a wide array of outdoor activities on offer in the surrounding countryside
    Great walks  -  Find miles of hiking trails starting from nearby the property
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    Traditional

    A small boutique hotel in the heart of Queenstown offering easy access to both cosmopolitan restaurants as well as the beautiful surrounding countryside. Light and spacious rooms have a homely feel while the cosy downstairs lounge features an open fire. A charming base to explore the region from. See More

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  • The Classic Villa Christchurch Arts Centre 12 rooms from £150

    Quirky  -  Bright pink in colour
    Restrictions on children  -  Must be 12 and over
    Recommended by  -  Fodors

    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. See More

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  • Sofitel Queenstown Queenstown 82 rooms from £152

    Local exploring  -  Set in the heart of Queenstown, this hotel makes a great base for exploring in and around New Zealand's South Island
    Spa breaks  -  Boasting a full-service spa with exclusive product ranges, book this hotel for your next city spa break
    City Style  -  With luxury interiors and a central location, book this hotel for chic city charm
    Sights nearby  -  Visit Milford Sound, a fjord known for towering Mitre Peak, plus rainforests and waterfalls like Stirling and Bowen falls
    Recommended by  -  Tablet

    This five-star hotel brings the French art de vivre to Queenstown. The opulent guestrooms feature marble bathrooms, underfloor heating and plush New Zealand possum throws. Sample tapas at the hotel's stylish 1789 Wine & Jazz Lounge after a rejuvenating spa treatment. See More

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  • Queenstown Park Boutique Hotel Queenstown 19 rooms from £155

    Views  -  To alpine Gondola
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
    Fishing  -  Excellent fishing nearby.
    5* Luxury  -  Very high service standards.

    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. See More

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  • High Leys Lodge Patience Bay, Te Anau 3 rooms from £160

    Romantic Break  -  The small, intimate setting allows couples plenty of quiet and space, as well as opportunities to meet like minded travellers
    Active Holiday  -  A prime property for active visitors to Te Anau, with easy access to the lake, cycle trails and mountain ranges
    Back to Nature  -  Guests can immerse themselves in nature amongst the expansive gardens and surrounding Fiordland
    Charming  -  Endearingly small, charmingly decorated and contained in peaceful surroundings

    Set in 5 acres of luscious and verdant gardens, the High Leys Lodge is a modern, crisp and well presented yet cosy escape for adults. Share in a luxury lounge that encourages guests to get to know each other whilst taking in the sumptuous views of Lake Te Anau and the Fiordland National Park. See More

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  • Manakau Lodge Kaikoura 4 rooms from £160

    Writing a novel  -  Equipped with quiet and beautiful natural surroundings, few distractions and a comfortable and practical writing desk
    Country Escape  -  Escape to this charming B&B and enjoy a quiet stay away from the hussle and bustle of modern life
    Local exploring  -  Ideally located for access to Kaikoura Bay's scenic coastline, mountains and attractions
    Birdwatching  -  Kaikoura is home to an extensive range of seabirds, with some of the best glimpses around of albatross, shearwaters and more

    A cosy four-room bungalow with a truly spectacular backdrop. This diminutive lodge in Kaikoura offers spectacular ocean and mountain views. Uncluttered contemporary rooms feature handmade wooden furniture, rain-showers, underfloor heating and scenic private patios. See More

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  • Stoneleigh Lodge Christchurch (Ohoka) from £160

    Swimming Pool  -  Heated indoor pool
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
    Fishing  -  Excellent fishing nearby.

    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. See More

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  • A Culinary Experience Nelson (Atawhai) 2 rooms from £170

    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.

    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. See More

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  • Wakefield Quay House Nelson 2 rooms from £170

    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.

    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. See More

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  • Clearview Lodge Christchurch (Harewood) 3 rooms from £172

    Birdwatching  -  Seasonal visitors in garden include paradise ducks and kingfishers
    Spa
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
    Hideaway  -  Tranquil and intimate.

    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. See More

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  • Retiro Park Lodge Nelson 2 rooms from £173

    Country Escape  -  A charming rural house covered in wisteria and set in 90 acres of farmland filled with miniture ponies and alpacas - idyllic
    Groups  -  With just two rooms this is the perfect property to rent out in its entirety for a small group
    Kayaking  -  Explore the coastline from Cable Bay Beach
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor pool

    A charming little lodge set in 90 acres of picturesque and rugged farmland with miniature ponies and alpacas dotted across it. The two rooms are spacious and traditionally styled with antiques, wooden floors and lovely views. An idyllic rural hideaway well suited for couples or small groups. See More

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  • Villa Del Lago Queenstown 16 rooms from £175

    Lakeside  -  On shores of Lake Wakatipu with views to the Remarkables Mountains
    Views  -  Lake and mountain views
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.

    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. See More

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  • Wanaka Homestead Wanaka 10 rooms from £137

    Groups  -  Special rates for group bookings of up to 21 guests- ideal for weddings, residential courses, conference stays or group holidays
    Country Escape  -  Borrow mountain bikes to explore local scenery, use a BBQ built from local stone and relax under-the-stars in the hot tub
    Self catering  -  Offers a choice of either luxury lodge or self-catering cottage accommodation
    Restrictions on children  -  Family friendly self-contained accommodation in choice of 2 cottages; or luxury boutique adult-only B&B in the main lodge.

    A luxury B&B lodge (adult only) and a family-friendly self catering cottage set in a stunning location with mountain views, close to Wanaka Lake. Rural chic interiors are charming. Spend the day in the great outdoors before returning to relax in the hot tub under the stars. See More

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  • Almyra Waterfront Lodge Tasman 3 rooms from £180

    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

    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. See More

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  • The Establishment Christchurch (ILAM) 3 rooms from £141

    Active Holiday  -  Christchurch is the perfect tourist destination - with plentiful activities both in the city and in the surrounding countryside
    Intimate  -  An elegant small hotel with just three suites - with a grown-up feel and attentive hosts, this is a smart and intimate stay
    Golf  -  The Hagley Golf Course and Russley Golf Club and just five minutes from the property
    Restrictions on children  -  Children over 12 are welcomed

    A smart boutique located just 10 minutes from the centre of Christchurch and offering an elegant and grown-up stay. The contemporary structure, built with plenty of glass, features spacious and bright suites. The living areas have a homely communal feel and there's a large garden to unwind in. See More

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  • Oakridge Resort Wanaka 173 rooms from £145

    Active Holiday  -  Close to Lake Wanaka, this relaxing hotel is surrounded by nature, a great starting point for outdoor activities
    Sights nearby  -  Puzzle world- a mix of bizarre buildings, rooms of illusion and the Great Maze, designed to baffle your brain
    Great walks  -  There is a popular track and one of the best day hikes in the area nearby
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.

    A contemporary property boasting an enviable location very close to beautiful Lake Wanaka. Well appointed modern rooms are light and airy and offer fabulous views from the expansive windows. Boasting outdoor hot-pools and an indulgent spa. An ideal base to explore the region from. See More

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  • No Road Inn Malborough Sounds, South Island 4 rooms from £187

    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

    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. See More

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  • Maruia River Retreat South Island 7 rooms from £190

    Back to Nature  -  Surrounded by beech forest, rugged mountain ranges, gardens and terraces in a resort encouraging guests to reconnect with nature
    Foodies  -  The seasonal menus will delight lovers of organic produce, grown on-site, served with exquisite locally sourced meat and fish
    Romantic Break  -  Escape the world in 500 acres of secluded woodland, share a private villa and relax over a couples massage therapy
    Views  -  Fabulous views over the river and mountains from the villas

    A tranquil and rejuvinating experience amid 500 acres of woodland. 7 luxury villas provide the lodgings, each built to exist in harmony with the beautiful natural surroundings. Relax in the sauna and spa with wellness treatments, enjoy guided yoga, and taste dishes created using homegrown produce. See More

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  • Edgewater Wanaka 103 rooms from £150

    Wildlife Area  -  The gateway to Mount Aspiring National Park, an alpine paradise of peaks, waterfalls, glaciers, rainforest, rivers and valleys
    Back to Nature  -  Lake Wanaka is an all seasons destination; visit any time to rejuvenate your spirit and soak up the tranquil atmosphere
    Skiing  -  The ski season kicks off in mid-late June and runs through until early October
    Views  -  Stunning views of the lake and mountain views

    A smart contemporary hotel boasting an enviable location on the shores of Lake Wanaka. Interiors are cleanly designed with crisp lines, plenty of glass and block colours. Featuring a spa and fabulous restaurant. Set in a region that is a haven for adventurous types. See More

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  • Antria Boutique Lodge Blenheim (RD2) 2 rooms from £192

    Local markets  -  Marlborough Farmers Market (seasonal)
    Sailing  -  Boat trips in the Marlborough sounds
    Great walks  -  Queen Charlotte Track
    Fishing  -  Excellent fishing nearby.

    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. See More

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  • Escape to Picton Picton 3 rooms from £192

    Sights nearby  -  Two minutes to the town centre
    Views  -  Overlooking Picton Marina
    Great walks  -  Queen Charlotte Track
    Restrictions on children

    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. See More

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  • Lime Tree Lodge Wanaka 6 rooms from £200

    Country Escape  -  Surrounded by mountains and situated near Lake Wanaka this is a scenic spot for a rural break
    Restrictions on children  -  Children over 12 are welcome but younger children can come if the entire property is rented out
    Fishing  -  Fly fishing is possible in the national park
    Views  -  Stunning uninterrupted mountain views.

    A charming and homely lodge set within ten acres of picturesque gardens and surrounded by the Southern Alps. Spacious rooms benefit from the spectacular views from their floor to ceiling windows. An intimate stay that can be rented out in its entirety for families or groups. See More

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  • Suite 51 Wanaka 2 rooms from £200

    Views  -  Over Lake Wanaka, Treble Cone and Mount Aspiring
    Restrictions on children  -  This is an adults only property
    Lakeside  -  Roys Bay, Wanaka
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.

    Just two individually designed suites with kitchen equipment for those who want to self cater. Lovely mountain views and easy walking distance from town. Close to wineries, walking and cycling tracks. Perfect for a romantic hideaway. See More

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  • Dunluce B&B Te Anau 4 rooms from £204

    Country Escape  -  Offering great access to the quiet town of Te-Anau and sumptuous views of its impressive and wild mountain ranges and lakes
    Romantic Break  -  This quiet, comfortable and adult only B&B is an ideal destination for a romantic and active escape in captivating scenery
    Great walks  -  Both the grounds and local area offer excellent opportunities for gentle strolls and countryside walks
    Birdwatching  -  Te-Anau boasts a bird sanctuary, birdwatching trails and a wealth of native bird species

    10 minutes walk from Lake Te Anau, Dunluce B&B is an attractive modern construction, nestled in 1.5 acres of neat gardens with mountain and lake views. The adult only property will appeal to couples with its comfortable goose-feather beds, plush and cosy room design, and glorious romantic vistas. See More

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  • Wairepo House Nelson, Tasman from £210

    Fishing  -  On Motueka rivers
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor

    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. See More

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  • Vintners Retreat Blenheim (Marlborough) from £212

    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
    Fishing  -  Excellent fishing nearby.

    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. See More

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  • The Waters Tasman 3 rooms from £167

    Local exploring  -  Explore the Windhover Estate next door, and the forests, national parks and the city of Nelson, all in easy reach
    Romantic Break  -  Peaceful and private luxury rooms with king size beds open up onto a spectacular and romantic vista
    Country Escape  -  Escape the city to the idyllic peace and tranquility of the peninsula
    Sailing  -  Sailing excursions around the Kina Peninsula can be arranged with the aid of the tour desk

    This collection of three rooms on a peninsula by the Tasman Sea offers a delightful and luxury B&B experience; with thoroughly modern rooms, outstanding views, and a stretch of private beach. Visiting couples will find king size beds, a range of outdoor activities and serene, private tranquility. See More

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  • The George, Christchurch Christchurch 53 rooms from £216

    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

    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. See More

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  • Riverview Terrace B&B Wanaka 3 rooms from £172

    Back to Nature  -  A luxuriously appointed lodge, set on the terraces high above the mighty Clutha River with spectacular mountain views
    Skiing  -  The Wanaka region has world-renowned skifields to choose from
    Great walks  -  There are many popular walks and trails to take in the breathtaking surroundings
    Views  -  Each room has uninterrupted mountain and valley views

    A boutique B&B lodge boasting uninterrupted mountain and valley views. The three bedrooms are contemporary yet homely with soft grey hues, luxurious bathrooms and modern art. The hosts are a chef and a winemaker by trade so expect a high standard of cuisine. Fabulous! See More

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  • Motueka River Lodge Tasman 7 rooms from £225

    Active Holiday  -  There’s endless adventure in the Nelson region - from fishing to hiking and sea kayaking to biking
    Total relaxation  -  A peaceful and beautiful location where relaxation and rejuvenation is actively encouraged
    Minimum Stay  -  Two night minimum stay
    Full of character

    A charming traditional lodge set in the beautiful Nelson Tasman Region, surrounded by vineyards and mountains. There's a multitude of outdoor pursuits in the vicinity which makes the homely, yet luxurious, accommodation a welcome respite. Better yet, there are massages and personalised dining too. See More

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  • Matuka Lodge Twizel, South Island 4 rooms from £226

    Active Holiday  -  From hiking to cycling or fishing to observatory tours there's plenty to keep busy with here both night and day
    Back to Nature  -  Boasting a remote location right on its own trout pond, and overlooking the Southern Alps
    Views  -  The property enjoys spectacular views over the Southern Alps
    Great walks  -  Spend a day hiking in Mount Cook National Park

    A modern lodge boasting a spectacular and remote location overlooking the Southern Alps. With just four rooms this is an intimate stay. Bedrooms are bright and spacious with floor to ceiling windows allowing for guests to enjoy the views from the bed and bath. A luxury choice for a rural escape. See More

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  • Lands End Boutique Hotel South Island 5 rooms from £240

    Country Escape  -  Escape to the quiet island of Bluff, and the southernmost town in NZ, settled in rugged and peaceful windswept coastline
    Beach Life  -  Bluff plays host to one of the south island's best beaches, with wide expanses of white sand
    Local exploring  -  Explore Bluff Island and the surrounding Foveaux Strait coastline from this cosy base
    Outstanding location  -  Right on the coast, this property offers outstanding views of the ocean from 4 of the 5 rooms

    A smart modern hotel settled on a strip of rugged and striking coastline on Bluff Island. Large rooms are bright and contemporary with simple white-on-white style and wonderful sea or garden views. Dine in the neighbouring seafood restaurant and spend days in the great outdoors. A laid-back stay. See More

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  • Wanaka Haven Wanaka 5 rooms from £188

    Back to Nature  -  Appreciate the beauty of New Zealand’s South Island. Mountains merging into lakes, sunny crisp air and crystal clear waters
    Eco break  -  Geothermal underfloor heating throughout the lodge and the highest environmental practices adhered to
    Sights nearby  -  Puzzling world- regularly voted one of New Zealand’s best family attractions, experience the eccentric maze or Illusions room
    Fishing  -  Brown trout, rainbow trout and salmon can all be found in the local waters. Shoreline fishing or take a boat to the best spots

    A luxurious and well-appointed lodge with beautiful views. Interiors are chic and contemporary yet still with a cosy lodge feel. Expect expanses of glass, wood-burning stoves, pale wooden floors and plush leather sofas. A warm property perfect to return to after a day spent outdoors. See More

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  • The Vicarage South Island 7 rooms from £245

    Active Holiday  -  The area offers many opportunities for outdoor activities, with excellent walking and riding trails and canoeing on the river
    Country Escape  -  The countryside town of Geraldine boasts excellent access to walks through beautiful, tranquil scenery
    Romantic Break  -  Rooms are sized perfectly for couples, with king sized beds and cosy decor setting a romantic scene
    Local markets  -  Geraldine Farmers Market and Craft Market are both a few steps away

    Quaint and comfortable; this wood-panelled, two storey Tudor style construction is the perfect cosy retreat for couples looking to explore one of New Zealand's most charming towns. Relax with huge sink-into double beds, en-suite bathrooms and a warm communal lounge. See More

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  • Alpine Suites on Tekapo Lake Tekapo, South Island 2 rooms from £248

    Back to Nature  -  Occupying a spectacular and remote position on Lake Tekapo - the perfect back to nature escape
    Groups  -  With just two suites this is a great option for small groups to rent out in its entirety
    Great walks  -  Walk the track (45min) to the summit of Mount John and see amazing 360 degree views of the Mackenzie Country
    Views  -  Fabulous views over Lake Tekapo and Two Thumb Mountain Range

    A chic little boutique B&B offering an intimate and contemporary stay overlooking Lake Tekapo. The two ground floor suites are simply designed with sink-into beds, picture-frame windows and indulgent bathrooms. The hosts are charming and there are activities abound in the area. See More

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  • Mt Michael Lodge Cromwell, South Island 4 rooms from £248

    Boutique  -  The four-room property offers sleek boutique design with simple minimalist style and plenty of luxury trimmings
    Country Escape  -  A stylish rural escape set in an expansive vineyard - it doesn't really get much better than this!
    Romantic Break  -  Think hot tubs, sink-into-beds, mountain views and plenty of good wine
    Private Hot Tub  -  Book the Lake View or Dunstan room for your patio with private hot tub

    Set amidst a Pinot Noir vineyard, this is a sleek boutique property perfect for a rural hideaway. The four rooms are minimalist in design with floor to ceiling windows and sliding doors leading on to private terraces. Spend days in the great outdoors before returning for a soak in the hot tub. See More

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  • Hulbert House Queenstown 6 rooms from £256

    Romantic Break  -  With luxurious bedding, stylish interiors and a great location, book this hotel for your next romantic city break
    Local exploring  -  Siutated just 500m from the centre of Queenstown, book this hotel as a base for your local exploring
    City Style  -  Set in one of the original residences of Queenstown, this hotel has reams of original city style
    Sights nearby  -  Ride in the Skyline Gondola, cable cars which will carry you over the city to the sleek Skyline complex, with panoramic views
    Recommended by  -  Small Luxury Hotels

    This hotel is housed in a beautifully restored Victorian villa in Queenstown. Each of the individually designed guestrooms offers views of Lake Wakatipu or the Skyline Hill, in addition to elegant, period-style furnishings and luxurious, Hungarian goose down linens. See More

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  • Stoneridge Estate Queenstown 9 rooms from £260

    Country Escape  -  Set on a beautiful vineyard and surrounded by mountains this is an idyllic rural retreat
    Views  -  Stunning views over Lake Hayes to the mountains beyond.
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor pool
    Secluded setting  -  For escaping.
    Recommended by  -  Great Small Hotels

    A small boutique hotel set on a picturesque vineyard with spectacular mountain views. Pick from a contemporary or a traditional suite. Dine in the restaurant which serves innovative dishes using local produce. With an abundance of adventure activities on offer, this is ideal for outdoor enthusiasts. See More

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  • Beaufort House Akaroa 7520 5 rooms from £205

    Local exploring  -  Explore the scenery on land and water. Harbour cruises, fishing, diving, horse treks, hikes and mountain bikes are popular
    Kayaking  -  Explore the coastline on a guided sea kayaking expedition
    Great walks  -  Guided nature walks and coastal walking tracks
    Restrictions on children  -  Adult only (18+)

    An historic and secluded lodge set in beautifully manicured gardens, surrounded by vineyards. Interiors are cosy and traditional with antiques, chintz fabrics and roaring log fires. A charming base from which to engage in the various outdoor activities this picturesque region has to offer. See More

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  • Limetree Lodge Wanaka 6 rooms from £205

    Back to Nature  -  On an estate outside Lake Wanaka in a relaxed country setting with stunning 360 degree uninterrupted mountain views
    Great walks  -  Venture into the hills and mountains surrounding Wanaka for wonderful hikes
    Views  -  With stunning mountain views, garden views and pool view
    Fishing  -  Fish at one of the easily accessible lakeside spots

    Luxury accommodation in a relaxed country setting. Expansive ground floor rooms offer wonderful mountain views. An on-site helipad allows guests to be whisked straight to the ski-slopes and there's a pool and petanque lawn on site for something a little more sedately. See More

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  • The Resurgence Luxury Eco Lodge Motueka, Tasman 10 rooms from £279

    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.

    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. See More

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  • Manakau Purepod South Island 1 rooms from £280

    Back to Nature  -  Truly immerse and surround yourself in vast expanses of unspoiled wilderness at this wonderfully isolated property
    Country Escape  -  Remote and removed from it all, it is hard to imagine a more perfect place to escape the world for a weekend
    Romantic Break  -  Perfectly sized for two, enjoy each other's company in splendid isolation and comfort
    Birdwatching  -  The property's floor to ceiling glass window walls permit guests to observe the local fauna from the comfort of their own room

    Marvel at stunning mountain vistas by day and a tapestry of a million stars by night in a beautifully secluded and isolated luxury pod. Excellently outfitted with cooking and bathroom facilities in a thoroughly modern construction perfect for couples seeking a slice of unspoiled rural heaven. See More

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  • Evergreen Lodge Queenstown 4 rooms from £289

    Views  -  Across lake to The Remarkables
    Lakeside  -  Lake Wakatipu
    Fishing  -  Excellent fishing nearby.
    5* Luxury  -  Very high service standards.

    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. See More

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  • Church Hill Lodge and Restaurant Stewart Island 3 rooms from £298

    Foodies  -  With five greenhouses, expansive gardens, and seafood on the doorstep - this the real deal in homegrown organic cooking
    Groups  -  The self-contained cottages sleep up to seven and are ideally suited for small groups
    Private Hot Tub  -  Foveaux Room has its own outdoor wood-fired hot tub
    Great walks  -  Take long coastal walks straight from the property

    A boutique property located on the coast in Oban, Stewart Island. This is a family-run affair with a real focus on the restaurant which uses homegrown produce and local seafood. Accommodation is simple and contemporary with large floor-to-ceiling windows framing the ocean views. A homely stay. See More

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  • Cabot Lodge Manapouri 4 rooms from £300

    Local exploring  -  Packages available featuring active exploration of the local area, there are hiking, cycling and climbing options for everyone
    Back to Nature  -  Set in glorious countryside, guests can reconnect with the natural world on expeditions or at the property on the farm
    Views  -  The real centerpiece of this property, the views at the Cabot Lodge are simply astounding
    Fishing  -  Take advantage of the 2 day trout fishing package and explore idyllic lakes and rivers on a guided tour of the best spots around

    These attractively rustic yet supremely comfortable suites are set in some of New Zealand's most beautiful landscapes. Spacious interiors feature working fireplaces and large picture frame windows to take in the views. With numerous once-in-a-lifetime experiences in the area, this is a unique stay. See More

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  • Prospect Lodge Te Anau 2 rooms from £315

    Back to Nature  -  With views of the unspoiled national park from the windows, guests are immersed in nature from the moment they arrive
    Country Escape  -  Escape from the hustle and bustle and relax in the South Island countryside in this charming and comfortable B&B
    Active Holiday  -  Guests can hike, cycle and swim (if they're feeling adventurous) in the property's scenic surroundings
    Sights nearby  -  Fiordland National Park offers some of the world's most impressive scenery

    An impressive yet welcoming piece of architecture just outside Te Anau. The home of Ross and Joan Cockburn offers 2 guest rooms, each comfortably furnished, with private patios, excellent views and home cooked hot breakfasts. A cosy and comfortable base from which to explore Fiordland National Park. See More

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  • Bay of Many Coves Resort Picton, South Island 11 rooms from £331

    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

    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. See More

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  • Lake Timara Lodge Blenheim (RD 2) 4 rooms from £341

    Birdwatching  -  Native wood pigeons, black swans, teal, geese, ducks
    Great walks  -  Queen Charlotte Track
    Lakeside  -  Private man-made lake
    Fishing  -  Excellent fishing nearby.

    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. See More

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  • Whare Kea Lodge and Chalet Wanaka 6 rooms from £347

    Views  -  To lake and Southern Alps
    Lakeside  -  Lake Wanaka
    Great walks  -  Around lake
    Remote  -  Off the beaten track.

    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. See More

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  • The Peppertree Blenheim 5 rooms from £350

    Country Escape  -  A luxurious Edwardian villa set within the beautiful Marlborough wine region
    Great walks  -  Take long walks along hiking trails that run through the surrounding vineyards
    Restrictions on children  -  Children over 7 are welcomed
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor pool
    Recommended by  -  Great Small Hotels

    A quaint Edwardian villa, turned luxury boutique hotel, set within the picturesque Malborough wine region. Sumptuous rooms are individually styled and the best have free-standing baths and working fireplaces. A wrap-around terrace is a lovely spot to sample regional wines. A tranquil country escape. See More

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  • Matakauri Lodge Queenstown (569 Glenorchy Road) 16 rooms from £354

    Swimming Pool  -  Heated outdoor infinity pool
    Views  -  Across lake to mountains
    Lakeside  -  On Lake Wakatipu
    Opulent
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith

    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. See More

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  • The Cinema Suites Te Anau 1 rooms from £370

    Active Holiday  -  Take a ride with Fiordland Helicopters, visit the Milford Sound and trek through the beautiful South Island wilderness
    Quirky  -  A little bit different, this property conjoins two large bedrooms into a very spacious suite above the local cinema
    Hotel Entertainment  -  Pop downstairs for a free showing of local film, The Ata Whenua Fiordland Experience
    Sights nearby  -  Famed for it's natural beauty, the Fiordland Sound fjord and the Livingston and Eglinton mountain ranges are in easy reach

    A cosy retreat in the heart of Te Anau sleeping up to 5 guests. Taking design cues from the leafy surroundings, locally crafted furnishings complement the homely but modern open lounge area. Added luxuries include Egyptian cotton linens and a bottle of complimentary wine. A chic home-away-from-home. See More

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  • Hotel Montreal Christchurch 26 rooms from £292

    City Style  -  With contemporary interiors that nod to the city's favourite past-time, this hotel has plenty of local Christchurch style
    Romantic Break  -  Offering cosy, well-appointed guestrooms with sit-out balconies, book this hotel for a romantic city break
    Local exploring  -  This hotel's central location is perfect for local exploring in and around the city
    Great walks  -  Discover downtown Christchurch on foot with a long walk, starting with a cocktail on the celebrated Victoria Street

    This boutique bolt-hole is nestled in the heart of Christchurch. The stylish, contemporary guestrooms have homely touches and light references to Christchurch's favourite sport, polo. Guest balconies offer great city views, the perfect place to unwind after sightseeing. See More

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  • The Spire Hotel Queenstown 10 rooms from £382

    Views  -  Lake and mountain
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
    Hideaway  -  Tranquil and intimate.
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith

    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. See More

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  • Hapuku Lodge and Tree Houses Kaikoura (RD 1) 10 rooms from £393

    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

    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. See More

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  • Fiordland Lodge Te Anau 12 rooms from £400

    Views  -  Over Lake Te Anau
    Restrictions on children  -  Must be over 5
    Lakeside  -  Lake Te Anau
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.

    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. See More

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  • Gibbston Valley Lodge & Spa Queenstown 24 rooms from £410

    Active Holiday  -  The beautiful surrounding countryside offers ample opportunities to partake in outdoor pursuits
    Spa breaks  -  Indulge in luxurious 'vinotherapy' spa treatments
    Spa  -  The spa offers not only treatment rooms, but also a sauna and hot pools.
    Restrictions on children  -  Adult only
    Recommended by  -  Great Small Hotels

    A small luxury hotel boasting an enviable setting within a Pinot Noir vineyard in Queenstown. Stylish villas offer private sundecks with spectacular views, indulgent bathrooms and open-plan living spaces. With both a spa and private dining on offer, nothing has been missed here. See More

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  • Lakestone Lodge South Island 6 rooms from £320

    Active Holiday  -  In prime hillwalking country, with ski storage, free to use bikes and a range of walks, hikes and activities for guests to enjoy
    Back to Nature  -  The lodge's eco conscious design and ethos supports guests to get back in touch with the natural world
    Eco  -  Every detail of the lodge is designed with energy saving and consumption in mind
    Sights nearby  -  Overlooking one of the most beautiful vistas on the South Island, dominated by Lake Pukaki and the 'Southern Alps'

    An eco-conscious retreat offering luxury accommodation in a breathtaking position on the banks of Lake Pukaki. Chic rooms are minimalist in design with the real pièce de résistance being the freestanding baths with unbeatable lake views. A luxurious choice for outdoor adventure enthusiasts. See More

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  • Pen-y-bryn Lodge Oamaru, South Island 5 rooms from £320

    Romantic Break  -  With beautifully appointed guestrooms, gourmet cuisine and friendly hosts, book this hotel for your next romantic city break
    City Style  -  Set in the laid-back town of Oamaru in a beautifully preserved heritage property, this hotel has lots of local city charm
    Foodies  -  The hotel is a member of both the Slow Food Movement and the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, great news for foodies
    Great walks  -  Take a personalised tour of Oamaru’s distinctive historic centre, the best-preserved heritage town in New Zealand

    This boutique lodge is nestled within a Victorian mansion in the Oamaru District of New Zealand. Following a recent renovation, the elegant interiors feature a blend of custom-made furnishings and selected antiques. Sample gourmet 'slow food' in the stylish hotel restaurant. See More

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  • The Sounds Retreat Picton 1 rooms from £451

    Active Holiday  -  There's an endless choice of activities in the area whether you'd rather hike, bike, horseride or prefer waterbased pursuits
    Romantic Break  -  With an outdoor hot tub, complete privacy, massages and candlelit dinners - it doesn't get much more romantic than this
    Kayaking  -  Kayak around the Sounds and soak up the spectacular views
    Private Hot Tub  -  The property offers a deck with private hot tub

    A luxury suite overlooking Queen Charlotte Sound, framed by mountains, offering the perfect escape for two. Accommodation is chic and contemporary with picture windows and glass doors leading onto a terrace complete with a hot tub. Fine-dining is offered under the stars. A romantic choice. See More

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  • Te Koi Lodge Nelson (Mapua) 5 rooms from £500

    Local exploring  -  A superb base from which to discover the Nelson Wine region
    Birdwatching  -  The Waimea Estuary provide great birdwatching opportunities.
    Views  -  Stunning views across the Waimea Estuary
    Swimming Pool  -  Heated outdoor pool

    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 heated outdoor swimming pool amid lovely landscaped gardens, and gourmet dining plus award winning wines. Luxurious and indulgent! See More

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  • Eichardts Private Hotel Queenstown 10 rooms from £606

    Designer  -  Details curated by New Zealand decorator Virginia Fisher
    Lakeside  -  Lake Wakatipu
    Views  -  Across lake
    Back to Nature
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith

    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. See More

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  • Azur Lodge Queenstown from £614

    Views  -  Across Lake Wakatipu
    Back to Nature
    Hideaway  -  Tranquil and intimate.
    Fishing  -  Excellent fishing nearby.
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith

    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. See More

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  • Stonefly Lodge Tasman 4 rooms from £484

    Eco  -  Built from natural stone and timber acquired from the property and is powered by alternative energy sources built on-site
    Back to Nature  -  On 150 acres of private forest, offering a world-class stay for fly fishing and exploring the Abel Tasman National Park
    Fishing  -  Region is world renowned for its trout fishing rivers, reachable from the lodge. Guided fly fishing available for all levels
    Great walks  -  Abel Tasman National Park- guided nature walks along the lake edge and coastal walking tracks through the forest

    A secluded river side lodge set in 150 acres of unspoiled forest and a popular fly-fishing destination. Interiors are traditional in design with high ceilings, exposed beams, stonework and plenty of wood. The views are undeniably impressive. A charming base to enjoy the region's spectacular nature. See More

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  • Edenhouse Nelson,, Tasman 4 rooms from £512

    Country Escape  -  A picturesque, quiet valley with amazing views in every direction
    Fishing  -  Fly-fishing- 5 minutes from the nationally important Motueka River catchment with miles of bountiful riffles, runs and pools
    Great walks  -  Near 3 national parks: the coastal Abel Tasman, Nelson Lakes alpine retreat and Kahurangi virgin rainforest and mountains
    Birdwatching  -  There is an abundance of native bird life

    A luxury lodge set within 50 acres of land with extensive and beautiful gardens. Intimate dinners are served using a mix of local and home-grown produce. Elegant rooms are decorated with soft hues, a choice selection of antiques and softly patterned fabrics. A luxurious, yet homely, base. See More

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