190 Best Hotels in New Zealand

151 on London

$$ | 151 London St., Whanganui, 4500, New Zealand

This upscale motel-style complex comes with a good selection of amenity-packed units. There's a flexible mix of studios and one-bedroom suites with whirlpool baths, mini-refrigerators, and microwaves. There are also two-level, two-bedroom family units with full kitchens and a pair of fully accessible units, plus a luxury honeymoon suite. All have smart televisions (with Netflix, Lightbox, and Youtube built-in), safes, and king beds. A conference room and small gym are also on-site. Supermarkets and cafés are within walking distance.

Pros

  • Centrally located
  • High-quality amenities
  • Interesting rustic architectural theme

Cons

  • Entrance is off a busy road (but hush glass keeps noise down)
  • Breakfast not included in price
  • No bar or restaurant on-site
151 London St., Whanganui, 4500, New Zealand
06-345–8668
hotel Details
26 units
Rate Includes: No Meals

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58 On Cron Motel

$$$ | 58 Cron St., Franz Josef, 7886, New Zealand

Cook for yourself if you wish at this modern motel-style accommodation that offers great value, with well-appointed studios and apartments, excellent facilities, and a sunny environment. All units have kitchens, plus there are two appealing barbecue areas. It's close to the Glacier Hot Pools, a two-minute walk to the Wildlife Centre, and an easy walk to restaurants. Best of all, there's lots of forest to look at and native birds to listen to. Some units have a whirlpool bath; light breakfasts are available.

Pros

  • Parking is right outside your door
  • Property is well-managed
  • Location close to attractions and cafés but off the noisy main road

Cons

  • The units are a bit crowded and on the small side
  • Birdsong might wake you early
  • Slow Wi-Fi
58 Cron St., Franz Josef, 7886, New Zealand
03-752–0627
hotel Details
16 rooms
Rate Includes: No Meals

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Abel Tasman Lodge

$$ | 295 Sandy Bay–Marahau Rd., 7197, New Zealand Fodor's Choice

Spacious chalets and studios, with native gardens between them, are nestled between Abel Tasman National Park and Marahau Beach. Units are finished in natural wood and have high cathedral ceilings, New Zealand wool carpets, queen- or king-size beds, and balconies. Room-service breakfasts, prepared packed lunches, and a communal kitchen are available. Staff can help make reservations for sea kayaking, water taxis, and hiking. There's a barbecue to share and an outdoor hot tub. Book well ahead for summer.

Pros

  • Close to everything in Marahau
  • Travelers share tales in the communal kitchen
  • Stylish, homey accommodations overlook the hills of Abel Tasman National Park

Cons

  • No breakfast in the room rate
  • Studios don't have kitchen facilities
  • Need to remember to stock up with groceries before getting here
295 Sandy Bay–Marahau Rd., 7197, New Zealand
03-527–8250
hotel Details
12 rooms
Rate Includes: No Meals

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Abri

$$ | 10–12 Bayview Rd., Paihia, 0200, New Zealand

These freestanding studio apartments resemble tree houses and provide lovely sea views from the bush behind the Paihia beachfront. The two units have woodwork with indigenous timber, such as rimu flooring and macrocarpa walls, and whirlpool baths; their large living-room areas open onto outside decks. The apartments have their own kitchen facilities, and even a small barbecue on the deck; most guests take the short walk to the restaurants in town for meals. You'll find fresh cookies and flowers in your room daily. There are pricing differentials depending on the season, and the hosts will help organize tours.

Pros

  • Close to town
  • Friendly hosts
  • Beautiful decor

Cons

  • No beach or pool
  • You're on your own for food
  • Some room views are better than others
10–12 Bayview Rd., Paihia, 0200, New Zealand
64-09-402–8003
hotel Details
3 rooms
Rate Includes: No Meals

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Abseil Breakfast Inn

$$ | 709 Waitomo Village Rd., Waitomo, 3977, New Zealand Fodor's Choice

Hosts John and Helen treat you like family when you stay in one of the comfortable rooms here; each comes with a local decor theme (bush, cave, farm, and swamp), superqueen bed, and a second deck entrance. The cozy guest lounge features recycled native timbers, books, a wide-screen TV, honor bar, stellar views of the green countryside, and an appealing outdoor barbecue area and fire pit. The communal complimentary breakfasts—including free-range eggs and local honey—are seriously good. Located on the edge of Waitomo Village, the sign at the bottom of the steep driveway—"Approach with Enthusiasm"—sets an appropriately convivial tone.

Pros

  • Quirky, helpful hosts
  • Big and delicious breakfasts
  • Rural views

Cons

  • Steep driveway
  • Not for those who like big, impersonal hotels
  • Thin walls
709 Waitomo Village Rd., Waitomo, 3977, New Zealand
07-878–7815
hotel Details
4 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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Adrift In Golden Bay

$$$$ | 52 Tukurua Rd., Takaka, 7182, New Zealand

Here, a short walk across soft grass from your luxurious, fully self-contained villa or studio unit gets you to your own quiet beach. Sunsets are sometimes enhanced by blue penguins arriving home from a day out fishing. During the day you can swim, kayak, or paddleboard (complimentary boards and kayaks are available). At night the doors and windows can be left open so the sound of the sea lulls you to sleep. Rates include a breakfast hamper crammed with fresh, local produce, and full housekeeping service, or you can opt for the 'independent rate'.

Pros

  • Calm, thoughtful atmosphere
  • Jacuzzi-style hot tubs
  • Sundecks out front and private rear courtyards

Cons

  • Isolated location
  • Minimum night stays enforced (up to four nights in peak summer)
  • Expensive
52 Tukurua Rd., Takaka, 7182, New Zealand
03-525–8353
hotel Details
6 units
Rate Includes: Closed July, Free Breakfast, No children under 12

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Ahu Ahu Beach Villas

$$$ | 321 Ahu Ahu Rd., Oakura, 4374, New Zealand Fodor's Choice

These rustic yet chic studio and one-bedroom villas sit on a clifftop with stunning views of world-famous surf beach Oakura. The villas are built of recycled 100-year-old French clay tiles and hardwood wharf piles. For bigger groups the "underground" villa, built against a bank and capped with a grass roof, offers two queen bedrooms, two bathrooms, and space to host a party. All units have cooking facilities, the owners provide breakfast on request, or you can drive five minutes to Oakura Village and its many cafés.

Pros

  • Dramatic coastal views
  • Handsome design
  • Eco-friendly

Cons

  • 15-minute drive to New Plymouth
  • Uphill walk returning from the beach
  • No shops within walking distance
321 Ahu Ahu Rd., Oakura, 4374, New Zealand
027-365--7739
hotel Details
5 villas
Rate Includes: No Meals

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Alpine Lodge

$$ | Main Rd., St. Arnaud, 7072, New Zealand

This might be a European alpine-inspired lodge, but the view out the window is all Kiwi—wetlands, forest, and mountains. Accommodations run from hotel rooms and two-bedroom, self-contained apartments to backpacker dorms that include some private rooms. A few two-bedroom apartments are good for families. It's set in the center of the little village a short bushwalk away from Lake Rotoiti. The lodge bar and bistro restaurant offer a good range of Kiwi fare.

Pros

  • Nice backcountry lodge ambience
  • The bushwalks are beautiful
  • Varied, wholesome menu selection

Cons

  • Bring repellent for the sand flies
  • Restaurant closed July through October
  • A bit of a long walk to some rooms
Main Rd., St. Arnaud, 7072, New Zealand
03-521–1869
hotel Details
32 rooms
Rate Includes: No Meals

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Alpine-Pacific Holiday Park

$ | 69 Beach Rd., Kaikoura, 7300, New Zealand

Just outside town, this nicely laid-out site has cabins, studios, and full motel units, plus powered campervan sites and campsites. A wide variety of guest facilities in the crammed but nicely landscaped shared areas include hot tubs, a heated pool (summer only), a trampoline, indoor/outdoor dining, a barbecue, and a clean, modern kitchen. The view of the Seaward Kaikoura Mountains is breathtaking. There are two holiday parks on Beach Road—this one is on the inland side of the road. Because it slopes away from the main road, traffic noise is minimized. Bookings are essential in summer.

Pros

  • Incredibly clean, tidy outfit layered down a terraced slope
  • Hot tubs and heated pool
  • Bikes for rent

Cons

  • Small site can be crowded when full
  • By main road so busy entrance/exit
  • No ocean views
69 Beach Rd., Kaikoura, 7300, New Zealand
03-319–6275
hotel Details
22 units, 50 campsites
Rate Includes: No Meals

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Anchor Lodge

$$$ | 448 Wharf Rd., Coromandel, 3506, New Zealand
Offering a range of rooms for all budgets, the accommodations at Anchor Lodge are all well-equipped, cozy, and clean, boasting views of Coromandel Harbour and native forest. Tiled floors, blocky comfortable couches, and chrome-and-glass dining furniture feature in suites and apartments. Perks include the 45-minute bushwalk to the harbor lookout next door to the property and the free loans of flashlights and gum boots to visit the nearby gold mine and glowworm cave.

Pros

  • Wide choice of accommodations to suit range of travelers
  • Heated swimming pool and whirlpool
  • Free bikes available

Cons

  • Outward appearance is underwhelming
  • No elevator
  • Wi-Fi can be inconsistent
448 Wharf Rd., Coromandel, 3506, New Zealand
07-866–7992
hotel Details
25 rooms
Rate Includes: No Meals

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Anglers Lodge Motel and Holiday Park

$$ | 1446 Colville Rd., Colville, 3584, New Zealand

A friendly, family-run business offers appealing cabins, motel units, and campervan and tent sites nestled off the main road at Amodeo Bay. The beach is just over the road, and it's a fisherman's paradise. There’s a guest barbecue area, plus a swimming pool, trampoline, children's play area, game room, and boat and fish-cleaning facilities. If you don't have your own boat you can take a four-hour fishing trip charter (NZ$150 per person, minimum three people). Bush walks, a creek, and a lagoon for safe swimming are all right here. The motel is 7 km (4½ miles) south of Colville.

Pros

  • Friendly operators
  • Stunning location with great views
  • Spotless facilities

Cons

  • Far from town
  • Gets very busy during Easter and lodge's annual fishing competition
  • Must book well ahead for summer
1446 Colville Rd., Colville, 3584, New Zealand
07-866–8584
hotel Details
13 units
Rate Includes: No Meals

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Anndion Lodge

$$ | 143 Anzac Parade, Whanganui, 4500, New Zealand

A blend of upscale "flashpacker" lodge rooms and stylish self-contained suites and apartments give visitors to the Anndion Lodge lots of flexibility. There’s a shared lodge kitchen and outside you'll find a covered barbecue area, saltwater pool, hot tub, and infra-red sauna. Inside, there's a cozy TV lounge with an extensive DVD library and pool table.

Pros

  • Well-equipped kitchen
  • River and grassy park area just across the road
  • Nice communal layout

Cons

  • Short drive from downtown
  • Backpacker area can get rowdy
  • Beside busy main road
143 Anzac Parade, Whanganui, 4500, New Zealand
06-343–3593
hotel Details
21 rooms
Rate Includes: No Meals

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Aoraki Alpine Lodge

$$ | 111 Bowen Dr., Aoraki Mount Cook, 7946, New Zealand

This lodge, run by a young local family, has twin, triple, and family rooms, all with private bathrooms and two have kitchenettes. All rooms have mountain views (though not necessarily of Mt. Cook). The alpine-style decoration uses lots of native timber and glass, and there's a huge stone fireplace in the lounge. There are shared kitchen facilities, a laundry, bicycles you can rent, and a small shop.

Pros

  • Great guest lounge with fireplace
  • Nice views from rooms
  • Bikes for rent

Cons

  • Not many meal options, so be prepared to buy groceries and cook
  • Thin walls
  • Lots of stairs to climb
111 Bowen Dr., Aoraki Mount Cook, 7946, New Zealand
03-435–1860
hotel Details
16 rooms
Rate Includes: No Meals

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Aoraki Court Motel

$$$$ | 26 Bowen Dr., Aoraki Mount Cook, 7946, New Zealand
Being fully self-catering is a huge plus with the lack of shopping in Mount Cook Village, and Aoraki Court Motel has 25 modern studio or two-bedroom units, all of which have kitchenettes. While Mt. Cook itself isn't visible from here, you get spectacular views of Mt. Sefton and the surrounding mountains, and you may get mugged by the cheeky paradise ducks trying to break into your room. Buy groceries at Twizel or Lake Tekapo before you arrive, or dine at the Hermitage Hotel farther down the road.

Pros

  • Removed from the hordes of bus groups
  • Great walks right out the door
  • Option to cook your own meals

Cons

  • Free Wi-Fi is patchy due to the remote location
  • Expensive for what you get
  • Books up months in advance
26 Bowen Dr., Aoraki Mount Cook, 7946, New Zealand
03-435--1111
hotel Details
25 rooms
Rate Includes: No Meals

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Aotea Motor Lodge

$$$ | 390 Victoria Ave., Whanganui, 4500, New Zealand
Aimed primarily at business travelers, the spacious digs here, with their handsome yet comfy decor and convenient location are popular with tourists, too. A stylish mix of accommodations include studio, one-bedroom, and two-bedroom units. All are self-contained, serviced, and soundproofed. Continental and cooked breakfasts are available at extra charge.

Pros

  • Amenities include double whirlpool baths
  • Close to supermarkets and fast-food restaurants
  • Spacious rooms

Cons

  • Beside busy road
  • Tight car parking spaces
  • Cooked breakfast is not a good value
390 Victoria Ave., Whanganui, 4500, New Zealand
06-345–0303
hotel Details
28 rooms
Rate Includes: No Meals

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Arcadia Lodge

$$$ | 10 Florance Ave., Russell, 0202, New Zealand Fodor's Choice

This B&B, perched over Matauwhi Bay a few minutes' walk from town, had been supported for more than 100 years by whale vertebrae, which served as the backbones of this turn-of-the-20th-century home. One of the "backbones" of the house now sits in the lounge. Two spacious suites off the large guest lounge and dining area both have brass beds, sunrooms, and their own decks. Another three rooms are upstairs. The Tautoru Room has its own entrance, with a deck and a view of the bay where you can watch the boats coming and going from the Russell Boat Club (the club's bar is a good place to meet locals). Wake up with an appetite; breakfast is always good and varies depending on what you might have requested or what the hosts have in mind to delight you.

Pros

  • Lovely rooms
  • Spectacular views
  • Decadent breakfast

Cons

  • Finding the parking lot is tricky so follow the directions on the website
  • No beach access or pool
  • No other meals besides breakfast are served
10 Florance Ave., Russell, 0202, New Zealand
09-403–7756
hotel Details
5 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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Archer House

$$$ | 75 Queen St., Westport, 7825, New Zealand

Rooms are spacious, linens are fine, and the art collection is impressive at this villa that was built in the late 1800s. The owner has traveled extensively, and international influences sit nicely amid the decor. Look for the original leather wall linings and ornate leadlight windows. This grand old house has previously served time as a convent and a private home. The Red Room has an impressively large bathroom. Full cooking facilities are also available, there are three guest lounges, and the garden is delightful.

Pros

  • Sunny conservatory for coffee
  • Short walk to Westport restaurants
  • Gracious old home with beautiful garden

Cons

  • No modern heating
  • Patchy Wi-Fi
  • Decor not for everyone
75 Queen St., Westport, 7825, New Zealand
03-789–8778
hotel Details
3 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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Arrowtown House Boutique Hotel

$$$$ | 10 Caernarvon St., Arrowtown, 9302, New Zealand Fodor's Choice
Somewhere between a boutique hotel and a bed-and-breakfast, Arrowtown House offers arguably the best service in Arrowtown. Located just off the main road into Arrowtown, you can easily walk to all local attractions. The five quiet rooms are all very spacious and well appointed, including a minibar and washer/dryer. It's ideal for just an overnight or a longer stay for a week of skiing.

Pros

  • Lovely mountain views
  • Quiet, central location
  • Great hosts

Cons

  • Hard to get a booking in peak season
  • Quite expensive
  • Style is slightly dated
10 Caernarvon St., Arrowtown, 9302, New Zealand
03-441--6008
hotel Details
5 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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Arthur's Pass Wilderness Lodge

$$$$ | State Hwy. 73, Arthur's Pass, 7654, New Zealand Fodor's Choice

Surrounded by spectacular peaks, beech forests, and serene lakes, this sophisticated back-to-nature lodge shares 4,000 acres with its own high-country merino sheep station and nature reserve in a valley called Te Ko Awa a Aniwaniwa (Valley of the Mother of Rainbows). Rooms have balcony views of this incredible area. Full-day guided trips can take you to limestone caves, a tranquil lake, a glacier basin, or to spots where you might glimpse rare alpine plants and kea (native mountain parrot); you'll soon share the owners' passion for preserving this environment. There is a sister lodge at Lake Moeraki on the West Coast.

Pros

  • On alternate days, you can muster sheep with border collies and help blade-shear sheep the old-fashioned way
  • Great wine and food with a view
  • Rates include breakfast, dinner, and guided activities

Cons

  • Quite remote if you like shopping
  • Closed in the off-season
  • Surcharge on New Zealand holidays
State Hwy. 73, Arthur's Pass, 7654, New Zealand
03-318–9246
hotel Details
24 rooms
Rate Includes: Closed June and July, All-Inclusive

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Ascot Park Hotel

$$ | Corner of Tay St. and Racecourse Rd., Invercargill, 9810, New Zealand

The largest hotel in town, an eight-minute drive from the town center, is a rambling complex with spacious, modern rooms, most with small balconies and those in a motel-style building with kitchenettes. An on-site restaurant serves traditional and contemporary New Zealand fare, adding to the allure of this hospitable place that will be a welcome sight if you've just battled some of the rugged gravel side roads of the Catlins.

Pros

  • Big spacious rooms
  • Some kitchenette units for cooking
  • Free Wi-Fi and parking

Cons

  • Restaurant is pricey
  • Tiny pool
  • Some rooms could use updating
Corner of Tay St. and Racecourse Rd., Invercargill, 9810, New Zealand
0800-272–687
hotel Details
106 rooms
Rate Includes: No Meals

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Ataahua Ruru

$$$$ | Hoterini St., Whakatane, New Zealand

Check into this canopy camping operator, and you'll have 14 acres of bush-covered land to yourself, but there is one permanent canvas tent here, which sleeps two, with access to buildings containing a kitchenette and bathrooms. There is also an outdoor shower with views over Ohiwa Harbour. It's a great spot for bird-watching and stargazing. The rate covers bed, breakfast, and the use of kayaks. There are plenty of walking trails around the property, and the popular Motu Bike Trail is easy to reach from here, but you need to bring cycles with you.

Pros

  • Abundant bird life
  • Board games and books available for downtime
  • Delicious house-cooked breakfast

Cons

  • Limited capacity and availability
  • At least a 10-minute drive to nearest shops and restaurants
  • Breakfast is the only meal available
Hoterini St., Whakatane, New Zealand
hotel Details
Rate Includes: 1 unit, Free Breakfast

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b&b @ number ten

$$ | 10 Coprosma Crescent, Taupo, 3330, New Zealand
The sunny en suite guest rooms at this B&B have panoramic views of Lake Taupo and French doors that let you take full advantage of the views. Linger over a full cooked or continental breakfast while getting sightseeing advice from John and Ann, the welcoming hosts.

Pros

  • <PRO>good location</PRO>
  • <PRO>not far from town</PRO>
  • <PRO>free Wi-Fi</PRO>

Cons

  • <CON>basic amenities</CON>
  • <CON>has a suburban feel</CON>
  • <CON>no cooking facilities</CON>
10 Coprosma Crescent, Taupo, 3330, New Zealand
07-378–6823
hotel Details
2 rooms
Rate Includes: Breakfast

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Bay Motel

$$ | 9 Dundee St., Oban, 9846, New Zealand

Clean, spacious, and comfortable apartment-like units and full apartments have decks with views that take in Halfmoon Bay, and from these "busybody" perches you can observe the comings and goings of the wharf and pub, as well as the antics of the kakas (bush parrots). The studio spa with a two-person jetted tub is nice after a day of tramping. All rooms have central heating and Wi-Fi; some are wheelchair-accessible. Other facilities include laundry, barbecues, and freezer storage if you've been out fishing and need to store your catch. Continental breakfast is provided at extra cost, but there's a free shuttle service to the national park. 

Pros

  • Central location
  • All rooms have cooking facilities
  • Thoughtful amenities

Cons

  • A slight walk uphill from town
  • Breakfast not included
  • Some restrictions on what can be cooked in kitchens
9 Dundee St., Oban, 9846, New Zealand
03-219–1119
hotel Details
12 rooms
Rate Includes: No Meals

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Bay of Many Coves Resort

$$$$ | Bay of Many Coves, Queen Charlotte Sound, Picton, 7282, New Zealand

A contemporary luxury waterfront lodge built to complement the surrounding native bush and seascape, the property's spacious suites and apartments are built into the hillside. Cuisine, featuring the best local produce, is served in the stylish Foredeck Restaurant and Kumatage Lounge or the casual Bight Café on the jetty. Getting there is part of the treat: you can catch a water taxi from Picton, helicopter in, or walk in on the Queen Charlotte Track (the Lodge is a two-hour detour). Dolphin and bird-watching cruises, bushwalks, kayaking, and fishing charters are all at your door.

Pros

  • Idyllic spot in a sheltered, iconic Marlborough Sounds location
  • Great views from every unit
  • Health spa on site

Cons

  • Boat or foot access only
  • Dining shared with day visitors and minimum stay requirement for two weeks over Christmas
  • Built on a hillside so steepish paths (guests can request a golf cart)
Bay of Many Coves, Queen Charlotte Sound, Picton, 7282, New Zealand
03-579–9771
hotel Details
11 apartments
Rate Includes: No Meals

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Beachfront Resort

$$$ | 111–113 Buffalo Beach Rd., Whitianga, 3542, New Zealand

You can step out of this tiny, family-run property's garden onto a breathtaking beach. There's no road, just the pohutukawa trees come between your room and the sand. The downstairs rooms claim the best beach access, but great views and the most sun are upstairs. Either way, seven of the eight rooms have beach views. The rooms are simple but stylish. Outside there's a garden, self-catering barbecue, and a hot tub. Sports equipment, including kayaks and body boards, is available at no extra charge. These are the only accommodations in Whitianga that sit right on the beach. There is one wheelchair-accessible unit.

Pros

  • Stunning location
  • Direct beach access
  • Powerful showers

Cons

  • Few minutes' walk out of town
  • No air-conditioning
  • Need to book well in advance for summer
111–113 Buffalo Beach Rd., Whitianga, 3542, New Zealand
07-866–5637
hotel Details
8 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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Birds Ferry Lodge

$$$$ | Birds Ferry Rd., Charleston, 7865, New Zealand Fodor's Choice
Named for the ferry that crossed the local river during the gold rush, this lodge and self-contained cottage is set on 50 acres. There are two rooms in the main lodge, each with commanding views across the surrounding bush and the nearby Paparoa National Park. A large guest lounge and dining area provides space to relax in the evening. Your hosts can cook dinner (prearranged). The Ferryman's Cottage (sleeps four) is a private spot with a cozy wood fire, and twin outdoor garden baths. There's a minimum two-night stay on weekends.

Pros

  • <PRO>lots of good walks</PRO>
  • <PRO>home-baked bread and organic produce from the garden</PRO>
  • <PRO>outdoor bath</PRO>

Cons

  • <CON>hard to find in the dark (watch closely for signs off the highway)</CON>
  • <CON>entry road is rough gravel</CON>
  • <CON>no shops nearby</CON>
Birds Ferry Rd., Charleston, 7865, New Zealand
0800-212–207
hotel Details
3 rooms
Rate Includes: Breakfast, Credit cards accepted

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Blanket Bay

$$$$ | 4191 Glenorchy-Queenstown Rd., Queenstown, 9372, New Zealand
Blanket Bay, Queenstown
Blanket Bay

Near the end of a long road, this imposing schist lodge is surrounded by thousands of acres of sheep-station land. At the heart of the lodge is the Great Room, with a grand fireplace, vaulted wharf-timber beams, and antique wooden floors. Floor-to-ceiling windows open out to breathtaking views of Lake Wakatipu and the Humboldt Mountains. All lakeside rooms have a private balcony or terrace. Suites have stone fireplaces and large bathrooms. The chalets and new four-bed villa echo the main lodge's structure and luxuries.

Pros

  • Spectacular property
  • Unbeatable views
  • Celebrity hideaway

Cons

  • 40-minute drive to Queenstown
  • Dining area outdated
  • Very expensive
4191 Glenorchy-Queenstown Rd., Queenstown, 9372, New Zealand
03-441–0115
hotel Details
12 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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Blue Thistle Cottages

$$$ | 168 Te Anau Milford Hwy., Te Anau, 9679, New Zealand

A five-minute drive past town on the road to Milford, these four cozy and comfortable cottages make a good base for local exploration and an early start if you're driving to Milford Sound. They are quiet, very clean, and offer lovely views of Lake Te Anau and the mountains beyond.

Pros

  • Outdoor seating areas
  • Beautiful views
  • Cottage kitchens have fridges and microwaves

Cons

  • Outside of walking distance to Te Anau
  • Slow Wi-Fi
  • A little dated
168 Te Anau Milford Hwy., Te Anau, 9679, New Zealand
03-249--8338
hotel Details
4 cottages
Rate Includes: No Meals

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Bluestone on George

$$ | 571 George St., Dunedin, 9016, New Zealand

A short walk from restaurants and inner-city shopping, each of these contemporary-style studio apartments has a patio or balcony. All windows are soundproofed and double-glazed, and the apartments have kitchenettes, laundry, and a home theater system with Sky TV. Most have whirlpool baths, and all have heated bathroom floors.

Pros

  • Centrally located
  • Contemporary style
  • Free Wi-Fi and parking

Cons

  • Not much character
  • No children allowed
  • Gym is on the small side
571 George St., Dunedin, 9016, New Zealand
03-477–9201
hotel Details
15 rooms
Rate Includes: No Meals

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Booklovers B&B

$$$ | 123 Pirie St., Wellington, 6011, New Zealand

Local author Jane Tolerton has set up house in a Victorian villa in sunny Mount Victoria and, true to her passion, has lined the hallway with books. The three en suite rooms are comfortable and homey. Jane serves hot breakfast and a steady supply of homemade cookies. If you want to work off the calories, Booklovers doesn’t just enjoy close proximity to the city's bright lights—it’s also close by the green belt and Lord of the Rings walking trail.

Pros

  • <PRO>walkable to virtually all the city attractions</PRO>
  • <PRO>free off-street parking and Wi-Fi</PRO>
  • <PRO>comfortable homey vibe</PRO>

Cons

  • <CON>due to Jane's writing commitments personal service may not always be available</CON>
  • <CON>decor is a bit tired</CON>
  • <CON>lots of street noise</CON>
123 Pirie St., Wellington, 6011, New Zealand
04-384–2714
hotel Details
3 rooms
Rate Includes: Breakfast, Credit cards accepted, Closed May–Aug.

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