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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.
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!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 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.
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- 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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Kinloch Lodge, Otago Glenorchy, South Island 19 rooms from $22Great walks - Routeburn, Greenstone, Caples and Rees and Dart tracksOutstanding location - 5 mins boat ride to Glenorchy townLakeside - At north end of Lake WakatipuViews - 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
Sherwood Queenstown (Aotearoa) 78 rooms from $90Families - Large family suites available, with a range of dining, babysitting and activity options available to keep the whole family busyActive Holiday - With ski equipment to hire and repair on-site, and access to local outdoor activities, this hotel is perfect for active guestsBack to Nature - With an eco-conscious vibe promoting harmony with the natural world, Sherwood supports guests in reconnecting with the natureFoodies - 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
Eco Villa Christchurch Central 8 rooms from $96Eco break - Diligent in recycling and the use of sustainable goods - furnished with re-claimed and upcycled wood and textilesGroups - The communal kitchen and spaces lend themselves to group bookings, with whole-house deals availableCity Style - A stylish converted townhouse in the heart of Christchurch's central districtLively 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
Melbourne Lodge Queenstown 34 rooms from $99
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
Chateau Marlborough Blenheim (Corner High and Henry Streets) 45 rooms from $113Sights nearby - 2 minutes walk from the centre of BlenheimSwimming Pool - Heated outdoor pool with poolside barGreat walks - Queen Charlotte TrailLocal markets - Good for local colour.Recommended by - Fodors
Kaikoura Boutique Hotel Kaikoura 12 rooms from $115Active Holiday - Set right on the coast and offering a host of outdoor activities in the surrounding areaGreat walks - Find miles of hiking trails starting from nearby the propertyRestrictions on children - Children 15 years and under cannot be accommodatedViews - 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
Botanica B&B Blenheim 2 rooms from $118Great walks - Queen Charlottle TrackSights nearby - Omaka Aviation MuseumSailing - Can be booked nearby.Hideaway - Tranquil and intimate.
Glendeer B&B Lodge Timaru 3 rooms from $118Fishing - Centrally located to over 30 rivers and streamsBack to NatureRemote - Off the beaten track.Great walks - Good for walkers.
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
Finlay Banks Boutique Bed and Breakfast Christchurch (Burwood) 2 rooms from $122Restrictions on children - Not allowedHideaway - Tranquil and intimate.Great walks - Good for walkers.Boutique
The Portage Resort South Island 41 rooms from $122Views - Views of Kenepuru SoundGreat walks - Queen Charlotte TrackSailing - On Kenepuru SoundKayaking - Available locally.
Cathedral Inn Nelson 7 rooms from $123Sights nearby - Right beside Christ Church Cathedral.Restrictions on children - Must be 12 or overLocal 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
Queenstown Country Lodge Queenstown 5 rooms from $126Country 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 coveredActive Holiday - Head to one of the nearby ski resorts for the day or use one of the hotel's bicycles for an adventurous day outAdult OnlyRomantic - Good for couples.
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
Hotel D'Urville Blenheim 11 rooms from $128Four poster beds - For romantics.Local markets - Good for local colour.BoutiqueGreat walks - Good for walkers.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
Larnach Castle Dunedin (Otago Peninsula) 18 rooms from $108Back to Nature - The area is renowned for its yellow-eyed penguins and albatross, a great base for wildlife enthusiastsCountry Escape - A unique experience to stay in lodges within the grounds of a family-owned castleGreat walks - Take long walks along the Otago Peninsula Headland and look out for wildlife along the waySailing - 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
Sennen House Picton 3 rooms from $141Views - Views across the grounds to Picton, Victoria Domain and the hillsSights nearby - Great base for exploring the Marlborough regionGreat walks - Queen Charlotte TrackLocal markets - Good for local colour.
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
The Rees Hotel Queenstown 155 rooms from $141City Style - While on the outskirts, the hotel is excellently linked to the city and is certainly one of its most stylish establishmentsTotal relaxation - Primed for relaxation with excellent service, the highest quality fixtures and fittings and luxury complementariesFamilies - Family rooms and services are available to ensure a relaxing stay for the whole familyBirdwatching - 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
Raetihi Lodge Marlborough, South Island 14 rooms from $142Kayaking - Two double and three single kayaks are available for guests to borrowGreat walks - On either the Queen Charlotte or Nydia TracksFishing - 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
Rimu Lodge Hokitika (Rimu) 4 rooms from $143Birdwatching - Westland district is only white heron breeding colony on west coastViews - River and mountain viewsGreat walks - Lake and beach walksFishing - Hokitika River
The Canyons Queenstown 3 rooms from $147Back to Nature - Set amidst majestic mountains and overlooking Shotover Canyon; this is an impressive spot for a nature escapeFamilies - Rent the lodge out in its entirety (it sleeps up to eight) for an idyllic family breakSights nearby - Set just 4km outside of Queensland which is filled with museums, restaurants and exhibitionsViews - 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
The Grange Boutique B&B and Motel Christchurch 6 rooms from $152Sights nearby - Botanic Gardens, Hagley Park, Christchurch casinoBoutique
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
Queenstown House Queenstown 10 rooms from $152Views - Overlooking Lake Wakatipu and to Southern AlpsGreat walks - In Fiordland national parksLakeside
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
Marlborough B&B Blenheim (Tua Marina) 2 rooms from $154Birdwatching - Local birdlife - pukeko, tui, ducks, herons, pheasants, fantails, bellbirds, magpies and moreporkLocal markets - Good for local colour.Hideaway - Tranquil and intimate.Boutique
Antares Homestay Blenheim (Renwick) from $156Views - Over vineyards to Wither Hills and Richmond RangesSights nearby - Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre, Marlborough MuseumBirdwatching - Rare black-fronted tern and black-billed gullOutstanding location - Close to braided Wairau River
Hotel St Moritz Queenstown 134 rooms from $158Romantic Break - With stylish suites, a romantic restaurant and hot tub garden, book this hotel for a chic couples' city breakLocal exploring - This hotel makes a superb base from which to explore the broader region of New Zealand’s South IslandCity Style - Set in the heart of Queenstown in a chic, Alpine-style property, this hotel has lots of city charmGreat walks - Queenstown is riddled with walking paths and hiking trails; enquire at the hotel for guidance on the best routesRecommended 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
QT Queenstown Queenstown 69 rooms from $159Kayaking - Kayak through the Milford Sounds with local guides from Rosco’s Milford Kayaks, who lead groups tours for all ability levelsViews - Some rooms have a Juliet balcony and sweeping views of the mountain rangeSwimming Pool - There’s a heated outdoor plunge pool for quick dipsLakeside - On the shores of Lake WakatipuRecommended 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
Black Estate B&B North Canterbury, South Island 1 rooms from $160Romantic Break - A chic intimate stay with the added advantage of access to the estate's restaurant - the perfect couples' escapeFoodies - The superb restaurant offers an ever changing menu using local organic produce paired with the estate's winesCountry Escape - Set within the grounds of a winery with far reaching views across the vineyards and mountainsGreat 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
Awaroa Lodge South Island 26 rooms from $160Remote - No direct road access. Only accessible by foot, sea kayak, water taxi or airBirdwatching - Species include paradise duck, pukeko, tui, bellbird, dotterel, ternViews - Over wetlands and native bushGreat 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
Speargrass Rise Arrowtown (Dalefield) 2 rooms from $126Romantic Break - With a hot tub, wonderful views, and complete seclusion this is the perfect spot to hideaway with your significant otherCountry Escape - An elevated retreat offering spectacular mountain views and excellent walking countryGreat walks - Step out the front door and explore the beautiful surrounding countrysideMinimum 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
Cardrona Hotel Cardrona 9381 16 rooms from $130Local exploring - On the stunning Crown Range road between Wanaka and Queenstown, the perfect base from which to explore the Central Otago regionHistoric - Established in 1863, one of New Zealand’s oldest hotels, one of only two remaining buildings from the region's gold rush eraCharming - Rumoured to be the most photographed building in New Zealand, the historic facade hides a stylish and award winning interiorKayaking - 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
Millbrook Resort Arrowtown 170 rooms from $170Sights nearby - 20 minute drive from QueenstownOutstanding location - Set on 500 acre golf resortViews - Great views from hotelSecluded setting - For escaping.
McCormick House Picton 6 rooms from $181Quirky - Individual features in each roomGreat walks - Queen Charlotte TrackBack to NatureSailing - Can be booked nearby.
Pine Hill Lodge Tasman 3 rooms from $184Local markets - Nelson Market on SundaysSwimming Pool - Outdoor spa poolFishing - TroutRestrictions on children
Theloft@Hiddenhills Wanaka 1 rooms from $184Great walks - Wanaka Outlet walk and cycle tracks along Clutha River 1km awayLakeside - Just three minutes from Lake WanakaFishing - Free fishing rod hireHideaway - Tranquil and intimate.
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
Hotel 115 Christchurch 37 rooms from $145Local exploring - Well positioned in the heart of Christchurch with many of the main attractions within walking distanceSailing - Can be booked nearby.Sights nearby - Well located for major sights.
The Arrow Private Hotel Arrowtown 5 rooms from $186Views - AlpineBack to NatureGreat walks - Good for walkers.
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
Central Ridge Boutique Hotel Queenstown 14 rooms from $191Active Holiday - Find a wide array of outdoor activities on offer in the surrounding countrysideGreat walks - Find miles of hiking trails starting from nearby the propertyTraditionalFull of character
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
The Classic Villa Christchurch Arts Centre 12 rooms from $192Quirky - Bright pink in colourRestrictions on children - Must be 12 and overBoutiqueRecommended by - Fodors
Sofitel Queenstown Queenstown 82 rooms from $195Local exploring - Set in the heart of Queenstown, this hotel makes a great base for exploring in and around New Zealand's South IslandSpa breaks - Boasting a full-service spa with exclusive product ranges, book this hotel for your next city spa breakCity Style - With luxury interiors and a central location, book this hotel for chic city charmSights nearby - Visit Milford Sound, a fjord known for towering Mitre Peak, plus rainforests and waterfalls like Stirling and Bowen fallsRecommended by - Tablet
Queenstown Park Boutique Hotel Queenstown 19 rooms from $199Views - To alpine GondolaGreat walks - Good for walkers.Fishing - Excellent fishing nearby.Boutique
High Leys Lodge Patience Bay, Te Anau 3 rooms from $205Romantic Break - The small, intimate setting allows couples plenty of quiet and space, as well as opportunities to meet like minded travellersActive Holiday - A prime property for active visitors to Te Anau, with easy access to the lake, cycle trails and mountain rangesBack to Nature - Guests can immerse themselves in nature amongst the expansive gardens and surrounding FiordlandCharming - 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
Manakau Lodge Kaikoura 4 rooms from $205Writing a novel - Equipped with quiet and beautiful natural surroundings, few distractions and a comfortable and practical writing deskCountry Escape - Escape to this charming B&B and enjoy a quiet stay away from the hussle and bustle of modern lifeLocal exploring - Ideally located for access to Kaikoura Bay's scenic coastline, mountains and attractionsBirdwatching - Kaikoura is home to an extensive range of seabirds, with some of the best glimpses around of albatross, shearwaters and more
Stoneleigh Lodge Christchurch (Ohoka) from $205Swimming Pool - Heated indoor poolGreat 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
A Culinary Experience Nelson (Atawhai) 2 rooms from $218Views - The patios and decks have stunning viewsLocal markets - Nelson holds a market every SaturdayGreat walks - Good for walkers.Sailing - Can be booked nearby.
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
Wakefield Quay House Nelson 2 rooms from $218Views - Overlooking Tasman Bay and Nelson's Harbour entranceGreat walks - Abel Tasman Coastal TrackSailing - Can be booked nearby.Hideaway - Tranquil and intimate.
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
Clearview Lodge Christchurch (Harewood) 3 rooms from $220Birdwatching - Seasonal visitors in garden include paradise ducks and kingfishersHideaway - Tranquil and intimate.SpaSwimming Pool - Indoor/outdoor
Retiro Park Lodge Nelson 2 rooms from $222Country Escape - A charming rural house covered in wisteria and set in 90 acres of farmland filled with miniture ponies and alpacas - idyllicGroups - With just two rooms this is the perfect property to rent out in its entirety for a small groupKayaking - Explore the coastline from Cable Bay BeachSwimming 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
Villa Del Lago Queenstown 16 rooms from $224Lakeside - On shores of Lake Wakatipu with views to the Remarkables MountainsViews - Lake and mountain viewsLocal markets - Good for local colour.Great walks - Good for walkers.
Wanaka Homestead Wanaka 10 rooms from $176Groups - Special rates for group bookings of up to 21 guests- ideal for weddings, residential courses, conference stays or group holidaysCountry Escape - Borrow mountain bikes to explore local scenery, use a BBQ built from local stone and relax under-the-stars in the hot tubSelf catering - Offers a choice of either luxury lodge or self-catering cottage accommodationRestrictions 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
Almyra Waterfront Lodge Tasman 3 rooms from $231Birdwatching - Species in area include waders, kingfishers and heronsViews - Across Kina Estuary to Mt Arthur rangesSwimming Pool - Solar heated, outdoor and spa pool tooKayaking - 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
The Establishment Christchurch (ILAM) 3 rooms from $181Active Holiday - Christchurch is the perfect tourist destination - with plentiful activities both in the city and in the surrounding countrysideIntimate - An elegant small hotel with just three suites - with a grown-up feel and attentive hosts, this is a smart and intimate stayGolf - The Hagley Golf Course and Russley Golf Club and just five minutes from the propertyRestrictions 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
Oakridge Resort Wanaka 173 rooms from $186Active Holiday - Close to Lake Wanaka, this relaxing hotel is surrounded by nature, a great starting point for outdoor activitiesSights nearby - Puzzle world- a mix of bizarre buildings, rooms of illusion and the Great Maze, designed to baffle your brainGreat walks - There is a popular track and one of the best day hikes in the area nearbyRomantic - 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
No Road Inn Malborough Sounds, South Island 4 rooms from $240Great walks - On the Queen Charlotte Hiking TrackOutstanding location - Situated on the Queen Charlotte TrackBirdwatching - Motuara Island bird sanctuaryViews - 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
Maruia River Retreat South Island 7 rooms from $243Back to Nature - Surrounded by beech forest, rugged mountain ranges, gardens and terraces in a resort encouraging guests to reconnect with natureFoodies - The seasonal menus will delight lovers of organic produce, grown on-site, served with exquisite locally sourced meat and fishRomantic Break - Escape the world in 500 acres of secluded woodland, share a private villa and relax over a couples massage therapyViews - 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
Edgewater Wanaka 103 rooms from $192Wildlife Area - The gateway to Mount Aspiring National Park, an alpine paradise of peaks, waterfalls, glaciers, rainforest, rivers and valleysBack to Nature - Lake Wanaka is an all seasons destination; visit any time to rejuvenate your spirit and soak up the tranquil atmosphereSkiing - The ski season kicks off in mid-late June and runs through until early OctoberViews - Stunning views of the lake and mountain views
Antria Boutique Lodge Blenheim (RD2) 2 rooms from $246Local markets - Marlborough Farmers Market (seasonal)Sailing - Boat trips in the Marlborough soundsGreat walks - Queen Charlotte TrackBoutique
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
Escape to Picton Picton 3 rooms from $246Sights nearby - Two minutes to the town centreViews - Overlooking Picton MarinaGreat walks - Queen Charlotte TrackSailing - Can be booked nearby.
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
Lime Tree Lodge Wanaka 6 rooms from $256Country Escape - Surrounded by mountains and situated near Lake Wanaka this is a scenic spot for a rural breakRestrictions on children - Children over 12 are welcome but younger children can come if the entire property is rented outFishing - Fly fishing is possible in the national parkViews - 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
Dunluce B&B Te Anau 4 rooms from $261Country Escape - Offering great access to the quiet town of Te-Anau and sumptuous views of its impressive and wild mountain ranges and lakesRomantic Break - This quiet, comfortable and adult only B&B is an ideal destination for a romantic and active escape in captivating sceneryGreat walks - Both the grounds and local area offer excellent opportunities for gentle strolls and countryside walksBirdwatching - 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
Wairepo House Nelson, Tasman from $269Tennis - Grass tennis courtFishing - On Motueka riversLocal markets - Good for local colour.Hideaway - Tranquil and intimate.
Vintners Retreat Blenheim (Marlborough) from $272Swimming Pool - OutdoorBoutiqueFishing - Excellent fishing nearby.Great walks - Good for walkers.
The Waters Tasman 3 rooms from $214Local exploring - Explore the Windhover Estate next door, and the forests, national parks and the city of Nelson, all in easy reachRomantic Break - Peaceful and private luxury rooms with king size beds open up onto a spectacular and romantic vistaCountry Escape - Escape the city to the idyllic peace and tranquility of the peninsulaSailing - 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
The George, Christchurch Christchurch 53 rooms from $277Views - Overlooking picturesque Hagley Park and River AvonSights nearby - Short walk from museum, botanical gardens, casinoHideaway - Tranquil and intimate.TennisRecommended by - Tablet, Fodors
Riverview Terrace B&B Wanaka 3 rooms from $221Back to Nature - A luxuriously appointed lodge, set on the terraces high above the mighty Clutha River with spectacular mountain viewsSkiing - The Wanaka region has world-renowned skifields to choose fromGreat walks - There are many popular walks and trails to take in the breathtaking surroundingsViews - Each room has uninterrupted mountain and valley views
Motueka River Lodge Tasman 7 rooms from $288Active Holiday - There’s endless adventure in the Nelson region - from fishing to hiking and sea kayaking to bikingTotal relaxation - A peaceful and beautiful location where relaxation and rejuvenation is actively encouragedMinimum Stay - Two night minimum stayFull 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
Matuka Lodge Twizel, South Island 4 rooms from $290Active Holiday - From hiking to cycling or fishing to observatory tours there's plenty to keep busy with here both night and dayBack to Nature - Boasting a remote location right on its own trout pond, and overlooking the Southern AlpsViews - The property enjoys spectacular views over the Southern AlpsGreat 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
Lands End Boutique Hotel South Island 5 rooms from $307Country Escape - Escape to the quiet island of Bluff, and the southernmost town in NZ, settled in rugged and peaceful windswept coastlineBeach Life - Bluff plays host to one of the south island's best beaches, with wide expanses of white sandLocal exploring - Explore Bluff Island and the surrounding Foveaux Strait coastline from this cosy baseOutstanding 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
Wanaka Haven Wanaka 5 rooms from $241Back to Nature - Appreciate the beauty of New Zealand’s South Island. Mountains merging into lakes, sunny crisp air and crystal clear watersEco break - Geothermal underfloor heating throughout the lodge and the highest environmental practices adhered toSights nearby - Puzzling world- regularly voted one of New Zealand’s best family attractions, experience the eccentric maze or Illusions roomFishing - 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
The Vicarage South Island 7 rooms from $314Active Holiday - The area offers many opportunities for outdoor activities, with excellent walking and riding trails and canoeing on the riverCountry Escape - The countryside town of Geraldine boasts excellent access to walks through beautiful, tranquil sceneryRomantic Break - Rooms are sized perfectly for couples, with king sized beds and cosy decor setting a romantic sceneLocal markets - Geraldine Farmers Market and Craft Market are both a few steps away
Alpine Suites on Tekapo Lake Tekapo, South Island 2 rooms from $318Back to Nature - Occupying a spectacular and remote position on Lake Tekapo - the perfect back to nature escapeGroups - With just two suites this is a great option for small groups to rent out in its entiretyGreat walks - Walk the track (45min) to the summit of Mount John and see amazing 360 degree views of the Mackenzie CountryViews - 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
Mt Michael Lodge Cromwell, South Island 4 rooms from $318Boutique - The four-room property offers sleek boutique design with simple minimalist style and plenty of luxury trimmingsCountry 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 winePrivate 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
Hulbert House Queenstown 6 rooms from $328Romantic Break - With luxurious bedding, stylish interiors and a great location, book this hotel for your next romantic city breakLocal exploring - Siutated just 500m from the centre of Queenstown, book this hotel as a base for your local exploringCity Style - Set in one of the original residences of Queenstown, this hotel has reams of original city styleSights nearby - Ride in the Skyline Gondola, cable cars which will carry you over the city to the sleek Skyline complex, with panoramic viewsRecommended by - Small Luxury Hotels
Stoneridge Estate Queenstown 9 rooms from $333Country Escape - Set on a beautiful vineyard and surrounded by mountains this is an idyllic rural retreatViews - Stunning views over Lake Hayes to the mountains beyond.Swimming Pool - Outdoor poolSecluded 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
Beaufort House Akaroa 7520 5 rooms from $263Local exploring - Explore the scenery on land and water. Harbour cruises, fishing, diving, horse treks, hikes and mountain bikes are popularKayaking - Explore the coastline on a guided sea kayaking expeditionGreat walks - Guided nature walks and coastal walking tracksRestrictions 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
Limetree Lodge Wanaka 6 rooms from $263Back to Nature - On an estate outside Lake Wanaka in a relaxed country setting with stunning 360 degree uninterrupted mountain viewsGreat walks - Venture into the hills and mountains surrounding Wanaka for wonderful hikesViews - With stunning mountain views, garden views and pool viewFishing - Fish at one of the easily accessible lakeside spots
The Resurgence Luxury Eco Lodge Motueka, Tasman 10 rooms from $357Outstanding location - In Riwaka Valley on 50 acres of native bush on edge of two national parksGreat walks - 5km of walking tracks around the LodgeViews - Over the Kahurangi National ParkDesigner - 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
Manakau Purepod South Island 1 rooms from $359Back to Nature - Truly immerse and surround yourself in vast expanses of unspoiled wilderness at this wonderfully isolated propertyCountry Escape - Remote and removed from it all, it is hard to imagine a more perfect place to escape the world for a weekendRomantic Break - Perfectly sized for two, enjoy each other's company in splendid isolation and comfortBirdwatching - 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
Evergreen Lodge Queenstown 4 rooms from $370Views - Across lake to The RemarkablesLakeside - Lake WakatipuHideaway - Tranquil and intimate.Secluded setting - For escaping.
Church Hill Lodge and Restaurant Stewart Island 3 rooms from $382Foodies - With five greenhouses, expansive gardens, and seafood on the doorstep - this the real deal in homegrown organic cookingGroups - The self-contained cottages sleep up to seven and are ideally suited for small groupsPrivate Hot Tub - Foveaux Room has its own outdoor wood-fired hot tubGreat 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
Cabot Lodge Manapouri 4 rooms from $384Local exploring - Packages available featuring active exploration of the local area, there are hiking, cycling and climbing options for everyoneBack to Nature - Set in glorious countryside, guests can reconnect with the natural world on expeditions or at the property on the farmViews - The real centerpiece of this property, the views at the Cabot Lodge are simply astoundingFishing - 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
Prospect Lodge Te Anau 2 rooms from $404Back to Nature - With views of the unspoiled national park from the windows, guests are immersed in nature from the moment they arriveCountry Escape - Escape from the hustle and bustle and relax in the South Island countryside in this charming and comfortable B&BActive Holiday - Guests can hike, cycle and swim (if they're feeling adventurous) in the property's scenic surroundingsSights 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
Bay of Many Coves Resort Picton, South Island 11 rooms from $424Kayaking - Borrow a Sea Kayak or Dinghy for exploring Marlborough SoundsGreat walks - Queen Charlotte Track and 50 acres of private bush to exploreBirdwatching - Species include Kereru, Tui and WekaRemote - Only accessible by water or airRecommended 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
Lake Timara Lodge Blenheim (RD 2) 4 rooms from $437Birdwatching - Native wood pigeons, black swans, teal, geese, ducksLakeside - Private man-made lakeGreat walks - Queen Charlotte TrackHideaway - Tranquil and intimate.
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
Whare Kea Lodge and Chalet Wanaka 6 rooms from $445Views - To lake and Southern AlpsLakeside - Lake WanakaGreat walks - Around lakeRemote - Off the beaten track.
The Peppertree Blenheim 5 rooms from $448Country Escape - A luxurious Edwardian villa set within the beautiful Marlborough wine regionGreat walks - Take long walks along hiking trails that run through the surrounding vineyardsRestrictions on children - Children over 7 are welcomedSwimming Pool - Outdoor poolRecommended 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
Matakauri Lodge Queenstown (569 Glenorchy Road) 16 rooms from $454Swimming Pool - Heated outdoor infinity poolViews - Across lake to mountainsLakeside - On Lake WakatipuSpaRecommended 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
The Cinema Suites Te Anau 1 rooms from $474Active Holiday - Take a ride with Fiordland Helicopters, visit the Milford Sound and trek through the beautiful South Island wildernessQuirky - A little bit different, this property conjoins two large bedrooms into a very spacious suite above the local cinemaHotel Entertainment - Pop downstairs for a free showing of local film, The Ata Whenua Fiordland ExperienceSights 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
Hotel Montreal Christchurch 26 rooms from $374City Style - With contemporary interiors that nod to the city's favourite past-time, this hotel has plenty of local Christchurch styleRomantic Break - Offering cosy, well-appointed guestrooms with sit-out balconies, book this hotel for a romantic city breakLocal exploring - This hotel's central location is perfect for local exploring in and around the cityGreat walks - Discover downtown Christchurch on foot with a long walk, starting with a cocktail on the celebrated Victoria Street
The Spire Hotel Queenstown 10 rooms from $489Views - Lake and mountainLocal markets - Good for local colour.Hideaway - Tranquil and intimate.Great walks - Good for walkers.Recommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith
Hapuku Lodge and Tree Houses Kaikoura (RD 1) 10 rooms from $504Birdwatching - Species include Hutton's Shearwater, 5 species of AlbatrossViews - To Kaikoura Mountain Range, Pacific Ocean and olive grovesHideaway - Tranquil and intimate.Designer - Uniquely designed interiors.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
Fiordland Lodge Te Anau 12 rooms from $512Views - Over Lake Te AnauRestrictions on children - Must be over 5Lakeside - Lake Te AnauHideaway - Tranquil and intimate.
Gibbston Valley Lodge & Spa Queenstown 24 rooms from $525Active Holiday - The beautiful surrounding countryside offers ample opportunities to partake in outdoor pursuitsSpa breaks - Indulge in luxurious 'vinotherapy' spa treatmentsSpa - The spa offers not only treatment rooms, but also a sauna and hot pools.Restrictions on children - Adult onlyRecommended 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
Lakestone Lodge South Island 6 rooms from $410Active Holiday - In prime hillwalking country, with ski storage, free to use bikes and a range of walks, hikes and activities for guests to enjoyBack to Nature - The lodge's eco conscious design and ethos supports guests to get back in touch with the natural worldEco - Every detail of the lodge is designed with energy saving and consumption in mindSights 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
Pen-y-bryn Lodge Oamaru, South Island 5 rooms from $410Romantic Break - With beautifully appointed guestrooms, gourmet cuisine and friendly hosts, book this hotel for your next romantic city breakCity Style - Set in the laid-back town of Oamaru in a beautifully preserved heritage property, this hotel has lots of local city charmFoodies - The hotel is a member of both the Slow Food Movement and the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, great news for foodiesGreat 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
The Sounds Retreat Picton 1 rooms from $578Active Holiday - There's an endless choice of activities in the area whether you'd rather hike, bike, horseride or prefer waterbased pursuitsRomantic Break - With an outdoor hot tub, complete privacy, massages and candlelit dinners - it doesn't get much more romantic than thisKayaking - Kayak around the Sounds and soak up the spectacular viewsPrivate 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
Te Koi Lodge Nelson (Mapua) 5 rooms from $641Local exploring - A superb base from which to discover the Nelson Wine regionBirdwatching - The Waimea Estuary provide great birdwatching opportunities.Views - Stunning views across the Waimea EstuarySwimming 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
Eichardts Private Hotel Queenstown 10 rooms from $776Designer - Details curated by New Zealand decorator Virginia FisherLakeside - Lake WakatipuViews - Across lakeSailing - Can be booked nearby.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
Azur Lodge Queenstown from $787Views - Across Lake WakatipuHideaway - Tranquil and intimate.Back to NatureTennisRecommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith
Stonefly Lodge Tasman 4 rooms from $620Eco - Built from natural stone and timber acquired from the property and is powered by alternative energy sources built on-siteBack to Nature - On 150 acres of private forest, offering a world-class stay for fly fishing and exploring the Abel Tasman National ParkFishing - Region is world renowned for its trout fishing rivers, reachable from the lodge. Guided fly fishing available for all levelsGreat 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
Edenhouse Nelson,, Tasman 4 rooms from $656Country Escape - A picturesque, quiet valley with amazing views in every directionFishing - Fly-fishing- 5 minutes from the nationally important Motueka River catchment with miles of bountiful riffles, runs and poolsGreat walks - Near 3 national parks: the coastal Abel Tasman, Nelson Lakes alpine retreat and Kahurangi virgin rainforest and mountainsBirdwatching - 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