Boutique Hotels and Lodges Accommodation
Experience New Zealand with the genuine luxury collection of Boutique Hotels, Lodges and Villas. Classified as boutique by virtue of their intimate size, experienced friendly hosts and individual style.
Take time to slow down, indulge and just enjoy luxury accommodation in some of New Zealand’s most picturesque surroundings just to name a few – Northland – Auckland – Waiheke Island – Kawau Island – Coromandel Peninsula – Rotorua – Tauranga – Lake Taupo – Hawkes Bay – New Plymouth – Nelson – Marlborough – Kaikoura – Christchurch – South Canterbury – Mt Cook – Oamaru –North Otago – Queenstown – Wanaka and the West Coast.
The luxury chic hotels, lodges and villas are unique in their décor and location. Dine at tables offering gourmet cuisine, showcasing world-renowned New Zealand wines and experience outstanding New Zealand hospitality.
Boutique hotels, lodges and villas vary, from elegant and historic mansions, to chic, luxurious and very stylish boutique hotels. Spacious villas and lodges with breathtaking ocean views, on the edge of lakes, or set amid the mountains. Many are located on the edge of New Zealand’s world-renowned wine regions.
Play golf, take a heli-fishing flight to wilderness rivers, walk or hike mountain trails, view live volcanoes, swim with dolphins, view Little Blue Penguins, cycle the vines and experience our unique Maori culture. New Zealand offers it all within this great little country in the South Pacific.
The luxury collection offers a truly 100% New Zealand experience.
Phone one of our Kiwi Specialists to help select the Boutique hotel, lodge or villa that extends the Unique Experience you are seeking – phone us at 1-800-227-5317 to start planning your Boutique Hotels and Lodges Holiday now!
Access: Huntaway Lodge is 30 minutes drive from Kerikeri, 10 minutes from Kauri Cliffs Golf Club and has Helicopter access.
Included in Rate: Full breakfast, non-alcoholic drinks, complimentary Effective 01 May 2018 rates include bespoke dinner.WI-FI use of all facilities, e.g. Kayaks, Boogie boards, Beach Towels, Surf Casters
This contemporary Lodge is set on a hillside with breathtaking views to a panorama of golden beaches, rocky promontories and out to the Pacific Ocean. The spacious and bright guest lounge of The Lodge opens to wide decks with stunning views to the sea. Enjoy the contemporary Sound – TV system with Bluetooth connectivity. Decor has been designed with flair and features comfortable seating indoors and out. Bedrooms feature King or Queen beds fine cotton bedding, a mini bar, tea coffee making facilities and lodge baked treats. Your ensuite with underfloor heating, features rainforest shower, bidet, luxury Linden Leaves toiletries and bathrobes. All rooms open to decks with breath-taking views.
Seeking a romantic getaway for two – The Upper House is perfect. Offering a Super King or Split King bed, spacious en-suite with underfloor heating, rainforest shower, bidet bathrobes and slippers, luxury Linden Leaves toiletries. Your private living dining area opens to spacious decks with stunning views. Have chef provide a romantic dinner for two or a casual platter and just unwind. Direct access to the garden jacuzzi. As night falls the stars come out and the moon bathes a pathway across the sea. Take Exclusive use of The Upper House for the family or two couples. With two spacious bedrooms, ensuites with infinity bathtubs, rainforest showers and bidets. The Upper House offers its own living kitchen dining area, allowing family and friends to relax in private. Complimentary Wi-Fi is available throughout The Lodge and The Upper House.
After a day’s touring return for a relaxing soak in the infinity jacuzzi with a glass of bubbles – the view is breathtaking and stretches out across the sea to the Cavalli Islands.
Huntaway Lodge is now under the expert management of award winning chef – Wayne Olsen. Guests enjoy a gourmet breakfast and bespoke dinner which is included in the daily rate (dinner inclusion effective 01 May 2018). Produce is sourced from the kitchen garden, fruit trees and beehives.
Outdoor dining, sunbathing and creative privacy were elements taken into account when designing the gardens around Huntaway Lodge. The surrounding gardens contain a mixture of native and exotic plantings interspersed with local basalt boulders.
Kerikeri with all the history and charm of early New Zealand is located just 30 minutes drive from the lodge. Play a round of golf at the world-renowned Kauri Cliffs Golf Course, just 10 minutes drive. Or, enjoy a helicopter flight over this marine playground, swim with dolphins, try sea kayaking, enjoy big game fishing. Simply enjoy a walk along a remote beach – RELAX…………
Access: Hotel DeBrett is located in central downtown Auckland. 100 meters from main street, close boutiques and restaurants. 300 meters from central rail station and ferry terminal and waterfront. Valet parking available.
Included in Rate: Welcome drink voucher on arrival, continental breakfast. Complimentary WiFi, and local calls.
This iconic building has been reinterpreted into a chic luxury boutique hotel. Individually designed guest rooms and suites complemented with eclectic furniture, fittings and artwork.
The famous Housebar has been meticulously restored and is Auckland’s premier meeting place while the Cornerbar is the perfect place to meet and enjoy small delectable food offerings, boutique wines and beers.
Dine at Hotel DeBrett’s award winning Kitchen Restaurant and experience contemporary New Zealand cuisine. Or unwind in the Cornerbar and enjoy a selection of quality wines and craft beers or cocktails with a touch of nostalgia. Dine casually with sharing plates and house baked pizzas.
Hotel DeBrett is located in the heart of central Auckland, surrounded by hip designer boutique stores and just a short walk to Britomart and the Viaduct with its myriad of bars and restaurants, the ferry terminal and central train station.
This is a hotel where guests know they are in a different place, where they wake up in the morning and know they are in a vibrant part of Auckland. They are guests at a unique, Auckland boutique hotel ; a hotel with energy, character and fabulous service.
Access: Cloud 9 is 50-60 minutes from Kerikeri airport and just a few minutes from Russell township.
Included in Rate: Breakfast supplies, fresh fruit selection and welcome flowers for first morning. Two complimentary bottles award winning Marsden Estate wines. Free local telephone calls. Complimentary WIFI. Servicing each 4th day. Additional charges apply for daily servicing, additional breakfasts, chef and butler.
Cloud 9 Luxury Villa – located on a hill above the historic town of Russell with breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean and the Bay of Islands. Set in a gated community and surrounded by natural bush, this spacious villa offers both privacy and security and is the perfect luxury retreat.
Cloud 9 faces north and is not overlooked. Guests enjoy decking and terracing on 3 sides enticing them to relax on outdoor sofas or in the stunning infinity pool, or maybe the spa pool – just soaking up those divine sea views.
Enjoy panoramic unobstructed views of the coast, the ocean and Long Beach below. As evening falls – view the spectacular night skies and listen carefully, you may just hear New Zealand’s native Kiwis foraging in the bush
Cloud 9 luxury villa accommodates up to 8 guests in luxurious hotel quality – MyBedTM beds. Six guests in three double bedrooms and two guests in one twin room. Two double bedrooms feature ensuite shower rooms; one double bedroom shares a bath-shower room with the twin room. All bathrooms feature double basins, bathrobes, slippers, luxury towels and luxurious L’Occitane toiletries.
The elegant and contemporary interior creates a feeling of sophisticated simplicity and spacious luxury. Large open plan living, dining and kitchen areas with gas log fires for guests to enjoy in the winter months, and air-conditioning throughout the villa for the warmer summer months. The designer kitchen contains everything you need and breakfast supplies are provided for the first morning. Entertainment systems including flat screen Sky TV and complimentary Wi-Fi integrated throughout.
Explore the historic waterfront village of Russell, the first colonial capital of New Zealand. Take a 10-minute ferry ride across to Paihia and nearby Waitangi where the Treaty of Waitangi was signed – the founding document for New Zealand. The Bay of Islands boasts 144 islands and many secluded bays and is ideal for sailing. Take a sightseeing cruise to view dolphins and whales, or indulge in big game fishing for world famous Black Marlin. The Bay of Islands offers sailing, diving, hiking, sky diving, jet boating and golf or simply choose to relax by the pool and unwind.
Access: 50-minute flight from Auckland to Bay of Islands then 40-minute drive to Russell via Opua vehicle ferry from Paihia. Few minutes walk to Russell
Included in Rate: Gourmet breakfast, pre-dinner drink and chef’s selection of house treats, water, chocolates, Silver Service Tea and Coffee. Complimentary Wi-Fi
A spectacular setting overlooking the stunning Bay of Islands is home to Donkey Bay Inn.
Arrive to something quite unique. Enter through an intriguing garden tunnel to the Inn’s private courtyard. This broad, sheltered almond-shaped terrace is shaded by olive trees and provides a relaxing haven to dine or enjoy a private wine tasting.
The Sitting Room and Bar, with soaring ceilings, eclectic furnishings and spectacular artworks. In summer two sides of this room open to the sea breezes.
The Library is defined by wood and water, books abound and cool summer breezes waft garden scents through a double set of French doors opening to the garden.
Three exotically styled rooms feature wide views of the bay. Balconies or terraces offer private spaces to relax,four-poster beds to luxuriate and spectacular ensuites with organic toiletries. Imagine full height walls of glass opening to your private grassed area with views to the bush and bays. Bathe in your tiled bathtub gazing at the sea views.
Silver Service Morning and Afternoon Tea, including a selection of fine loose-leaf teas, scones, cream and raspberry jam. Served in your room, the library, the lounge or courtyard.
Arrange a private dinner with chef and dine overlooking the beautiful bay, or maybe on the shoreline at your private beach.
Unwind at the Peninsular Day Spa, located down a short path from the Inn – relax to the sound of waves lapping on the shore below and take in the view of the Bay of Islands. Or simply take a bath in one of two outdoor baths.
Sustainably cooled under a huge living roof, this architectural masterpiece will take your breath away. The estate is fully energy efficient producing its own electricity.
A short walk from the centre of the historic township of Russell, giving a choice of dining, shopping and sightseeing in these beautiful surroundings.
Access: 45-minute drive from Auckland via Sandspit then ferry to Kawau Island. Or 45 minute Seaplane from downtown Auckland.
Included in Rate: Full breakfast – cooked and continental. Pre dinner drink. Tea and coffee making facilities. Complimentary Wi-Fi – Kayaks, Snorkeling gear, Beach Towels. Picnic hampers and lighter meals or platters available by arrangement. In-house Restaurant.
A private island escape with a pristine beach overlooking clear blue water – you have discovered The Beach House nestled at the edge of stunning Vivian Bay on Kawau Island. Hear the calls of New Zealand’s native birds – tui, fantails, wood pigeons, and kingfishers and, as night falls, the sound of Morepork and Kiwi. The friendly Wekas will entertain you as they forage near the beach.
Three luxury beachside suites feature timber decks with steps down to the sandy beach. A further choice of courtyard rooms, or escape to the romantic bush cottage rooms, nestled in the busy with views to the bay. Each features King or Queen Size beds , en-suite with walk-in shower, toiletries, tea and coffee facilities, CD player and beach towels.
Expansive decking and courtyards on the edge of the bay offer the perfect place to dine al-fresco. In winter sit around the open fire in the cosy restaurant. Exquisite cuisine using the freshest locally sourced produce.
Take an exciting seaplane flight from downtown Auckland to land right outside The Beach House, or drive north on excellent highways to Sandspit, a pretty small ‘hamlet’ with historical beach cottages to take a short ferry trip or private boat transfer across Kawau Bay and step ashore at the private jetty. Stroll a few metres to The Beach House – kick off your shoes and feel the sand between your toes – time to relax and unwind. Kawau Island is traffic free and the only sounds outside are from the native birds and the lapping water.
Take a kayak out onto the sheltered bays, go snorkelling, dive for shellfish, catch a snapper, bush walk or just simply relax with a good book and unwind. As night falls the skies open to showcase the stars. No light pollution, no cars – just stunning ocean views and exceptional cuisine.
Access: The Boatshed is on an island off Auckland, 35 minute ferry transfer from downtown Auckland or 10 minutes by helicopter from the Auckland International Airport.
Included in Rate: Pre dinner drinks and canapés, accommodation, Full gourmet breakfast. Complimentary non-alcoholic mini bar. Dinner available on request. Complimentary Wi-Fi.
The Boatshed on Waiheke Island, 35 minutes by ferry from Auckland brings together chic accommodation with the Island’s fantastic beaches, vineyards, coastal walks, and alfresco restaurants. A little slice of bohemian life!
Whichever way you arrive on Waiheke, be it by boat, plane or helicopter there is nothing like arriving on an island – with its relaxed pace of life and unpolished charm Waiheke offers a perfect start or finish to any New Zealand itinerary. Situated above Oneroa beach The Boatshed provides stylish accommodation with the highest level of design and service detail; the beautifully appointed guest rooms look out over the bay with plenty of alfresco spaces to enjoy your daily meals. Take a walk down to the beach, or read a book in the sun, relax and be pampered.
“The Bach” is a word used to describe small holiday cottages in New Zealand. They are places close to kiwis hearts…. places of sunny days and simple times. The Boatshed’s rooms and suites all have a little bit of The Bach in them, albeit with a quite a touch more comfort than most! Seven beautifully appointed suites, each offering privacy, sea views, open fires and the highest level of design detail – the beach holiday of your dreams. The Owner’s Cottage offers another level of privacy with its spacious interior and adjacent Cabana, together with a private pool. And the Water Tower features its own roof garden with outdoor bathing and stunning views.
With extensive kitchen gardens, the chef and gardener work closely to grow seasonal produce to highlight the best New Zealand has to offer from the farm to the sea. Fresh, healthy modern cuisine that is only available to guests staying in-house. The Boatshed believes there is no such thing as a romantic table for 14 so there is no communal dining; tables are discreetly set around the property for guest comfort and privacy.
Owned by the same family for 35 years this property was developed by well known New Zealand designer David Scott as the perfect beach retreat, and is run by the next generation of the family along with a small team of dedicated professionals. The place is geared around doing very little, relaxing with a great book, enjoying a lazy breakfast, having a massage or taking a stroll on the beach. But with the help of your Host’s intimate knowledge of the island those that like to explore won’t be disappointed, from vineyards and beautiful coastal walks to soft adventures like paddle boarding and kayaking – everyone’s tastes can be catered for.
This beautiful part of the Coromandel offers gorgeous hikes, marine reserves with diving and snorkeling opportunities, fishing charters, or simply stunning white sand beaches to just unwind and relax.
Accommodating up to ten guests this boutique lodge offers four spacious luxury suites, each with ensuite bathroom and an outdoor terrace with stunning views.
Three one-bedroom suites feature a king bed, fine linens, and ensuite with bath and walk-in shower. Luxury New Zealand created Nellie Tier toiletries for that extra touch. An elevator to the first floor allows wheelchair access to the suites.
The premier two-bedroom Estuary Terrace suite features a King bed in the master bedroom and a Double bed in the additional bedroom, providing accommodation for up to 4 guests. Spacious ensuite with luxury free-standing bathtub and separate shower, both featuring views to the garden and sea. The outdoor terrace offers views of lush native bush or beyond to the Purangi Estuary and Cooks Beach.
An indoor/outdoor solarium entices guests to just relax and unwind. The library provides a peaceful retreat whilst a snug area features a Bang and Olufsen plasma TV and sound system. Multiple fireplaces provide that touch of warmth on a cooler evening.
Chose to dine at restaurants in nearby, Cooks Beach, or Hahei. Whitianga is just a short drive to the ferry and a 5-minute crossing to a selection of bars, cafes and restaurants.
Sleep in the silence of this peaceful retreat and wake to a delicious breakfast before another day exploring this stunning area.
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A short 10-minute walk through Shakespeare Reserve takes you to the lovely secluded Lonely Bay. Cross the estuary bridge to white sandy Cooks Beach. Visit Hot Water Bach, dig a hot pool and enjoy a thermal bath. Explore the beautiful marine reserve between Hahei and world-renowned Cathedral Cove; take a leisurely cruise or an exciting kayak tour; you may even spot dolphins.
Access: On the edge of Lake Rotorua – 15 kms from Rotorua airport ant 4kms from Rotorua CBD
Included in Rate: Delicious breakfast each morning. Complimentary unlimited Ultra Fast Wi-Fi, Complimentary bottle water and Mini Bar (excludes Alcohol) Twice Daily Maid service. Personalised Concierge service
A smart, contemporary, romantic boutique hotel situated in a serene lakeside setting on the edge of Lake Rotorua.
Eight beautifully appointed ensuite guest rooms, with a touch of an English manor house, yet with a twist. Guest rooms offer stunning views to the lake, or out to the manicured gardens and poolside. Lakefront rooms are situated at the edge of the lake with full glass sliders opening to lake views from your private outdoor terrace, and Poolview rooms open out to private outdoor terraces facing the pool and gardens. Relax in front of your own gas fireplace (there is also air conditioning/heating) and then indulge in the solid stone soaker baths and monsoon rain showers, with aromatherapy toiletries and cotton robes.
Enjoy pre-dinner drinks, unwind and dine overlooking the lake, by the fireside; perhaps private dining in the conservatory. or al fresco in the gardens.
Simply unwind and relax by the heated pool with a good book. Indulge at the luxurious Day Spa with its soul pleasing treatments. Wander down to the hotel’s private sandy beach – lakeside and take a dip in the lake, or enjoy the croquet lawn and petanque court. Two luxurious spa pools are located in the secret grotto.
Take a helicopter flight from the Black Swan grounds to view famed volcanoes and beyond to exciting White Island. Float planes depart from the hotel’s own jetty for a scenic flight over Rotorua. Arrange a fishing guide and fly to remote rivers to fish for rainbow trout. Rotorua has attractions for everyone, from geothermal wonderlands, Maori cultural tours, museums, jet boating and more.
Access: Acacia Cliffs Lodge is a 10 minute drive from Taupo Township. 20 minutes drive from Taupo airport. Local shops, cafes and the lake are a 10 minute walk.
Included in Rate: Pre-dinner canapés and drinks, accommodation, in-room refreshments, a bottle of wine on arrival, cooked and continental breakfast, wireless internet, Taupo airport transfer if required, all local taxes.
Designed with a contemporary New Zealand flair, set on 2 hectares of landscaped grounds and home to unique native plants and birds, this luxury boutique lodge offers stunning panoramic views over Lake Taupo, Acacia Bay and the snowcapped Kaimanawa mountains.
Iconic furnishings of Mies van der Rohe and Le Corbusier can be found in the cosy lounges of the house, allowing guests to sit back and experience the seemingly tangible view of Mount Tauhara that lies behind expansive floor to ceiling windows.
Four designer suites feature super king bedding and luxurious ensuites, each with their own deck or courtyard designed to maximise the views.
The Mapara garden suite has the added luxury of a romantic freestanding bathtub.
In-room speciality teas and coffee, flat screen TV, CD and DVD player, complimentary wi-fi, and a bottle of New Zealand wine are provided – all with the compliments of your hosts.
When the mood hits for exploration, Mountain Bikes are available for guests’ use or take a walk down the Mapara Native Bush track to the lake via lush native ferns and trees. Experience a spectacular scenic flight over Lake Taupo or nearby active volcanoes, trout fishing with a professional guide, golf at Jack Nicklaus’ latest or the legendary Wairakei International Golf cours. Other options include a day hiking on the world heritage Tongariro Alpine Crossing, a visit to the cultural and geothermal marvels of Wairakei Terraces and Craters of the Moon and so much more.
Hosts Linda and Rick, are passionate about food and wine, have travelled extensively and appreciate the meaning of a warm, personal welcome. A passionate cook, Rick loves nothing more than sharing this with others – unless he is on the golf course! Linda has a real love of travel and the opportunities it offers to make new friends and share experiences.
Acacia Cliffs Lodge is the natural culmination of these experiences and offers the perfect opportunity to share good food, wine and conversation in a simply stunning location.
Located in the gated Whakamoenga Point estate above of the blue waters of Lake Taupo, the luxurious Point Villas are surrounded by native bushland and exotic plantings, yet offer spectacular lake views.
The Point Villas are spacious and elegant, featuring living areas with expanses of glass opening to wide decks and your private magna pool – tempting one to relax on the sun loungers overlooking the lake and surrounding bush. Accommodating up to 4 persons in Villa One and 6 persons in Villa Two, bedrooms open through to dressing rooms and then into a spacious ensuite with floor to ceiling glass, giving the impression of luxury outdoor bathing.
The Point Villas offer a range of options from self-cater and use of all the facilities of your villa’s magnificently equipped kitchen. Alternatively choose to have pre-ordered provisions delivered to your villa. For relaxed dining outdoors a Barbecue is located near the stunning pools.
Relax around your pool or enjoy all weather floodlit tennis courts, a full-size croquet lawn, a Petanque pit or kayak around the lake to view 800-year Maori rock carvings and the Okutu Pa caves.
Relax with a Beauty on Location bespoke spa treatment in the privacy of your villa.
A private helipad offers easy access to hidden fly-fishing rivers with your own personal guide. Or take a spectacular flight over live volcanoes.
The Tongariro Alpine Crossing is an amazing one-day trek across New Zealand’s Tongariro National Park World Heritage Area.
A haven for golf enthusiasts, Taupo has two world-renowned 18-hole championship golf courses within an easy 15-minute drive from your villa.
A skiing experience to nearby Mt Ruapehu, just 1.5 hours drive or minutes by helicopter from your villa.
Owner Peg Bull has operated luxury lodges over many years and is an exceptional, warm and friendly host. Peg has many contacts throughout the region and is happy to advise on what to do and see in this beautiful area of New Zealand.
Access: 23kms from Hastings or Havelock North and 37kms to Napier Airport
Included in Rate: Continental and Cooked Breakfast. Pre-dinner drinks and canapes, complimentary wi-fi, Sky TV, Bathrobes and bath slippers. Nespresso Coffee/tea making facilities
Originally built in 1910 for the Presbyterian Minister of the Maraekakaho Station, The Manse was renovated in 2012 and is now a beautifully furnished historic country house with European flair.
Elegantly furnished with European antiques and designer fabrics, its spacious living areas entice guests to relax indoors or out. Verandahs and terraces open to the gardens and Salt Water pool, and there is an intimate library stocked with books, Cuban cigars and malt whiskies. As night falls, take in the night sky from your private verandah.
Dietske and Gary are your charming hosts and speak English, Dutch, French and German.
Cuisine – Gary is a professional chef and creates delicious meals from produce sourced from the property – take a walk around the farm to meet and greet the livestock!
The Manse offers so much with 4WD adventure trips, Clay Bird Shooting, Cooking classes and Whisky and Cigar tasting, all on site. Take a wine tour through the Gimblett Gravels region. Fly-fish in one of New Zealand’s best trout fishing rivers – the Ngaruroro.
GOLF – The Manse offers a range of Golf Packages. Play golf at either nearby Bridge Pa or the famous Cape Kidnappers course – Gary is a golf-pro and coaching can be arranged.
After your day’s adventures, unwind by the Salt Water pool and enjoy a glass of wine accompanied by sublime canapes, surrounded by the peace and beauty of the Hawke’s Bay countryside.
Access: A 15 minute drive from New Plymouth airport. 500 metres from central city
Included in Rate: Complimentary Wi-Fi, complimentary parking for suites, Tea/Coffee facilities. Free Bicycle rentals. Guest Laundry
Slow down and relax in style and elegance in New Plymouth, renowned for its art galleries and gardens. New Plymouth is overlooked by majestic Mt Taranaki/Egmont with its mountain treks and bush walks.
This chic luxurious boutique hotel is situated in the heart of the city, and just a short walk to the coastal walkway, local art galleries, renowned Pukekura Park & the Bowl of Brooklands. Historic St Mary’s Church is just a stone’s throw from your hotel.
Filled with an eclectic mix of furnishings and art collections, chandeliers and fresh flowers, this historic building, with its interesting architectural features, dates back to 1870. Passionate about ART, your host Terry Parkes will create a range of itineraries to ensure your stay is sensational
A stunning tropical garden leads out from the main hotel, where guests gather for drinks under the stars warmed by a large gas fire. There are also private dining or meeting rooms, a library, and complimentary Wifi.
Featuring seven luxury individually designed rooms each with ensuite, and four spacious, luxurious suites all designed with sumptuous flair. The suites feature king beds and separate living areas with kitchenettes – think smart and spacious elegance with their designer bathrooms, double spa baths and massage showers. All rooms and suites feature flat screen television, tea and coffee facilities, iPod dock, complimentary Wi-Fi and air conditioning.
The contemporary style villa adds a special dimension. Featuring 3 bedrooms ( 2 with ensuite), a full kitchen, security system, heated flooring and the latest technology throughout. Perfect for a family or group of friends.
The award-winning “Table Restaurant” features luxurious décor, coupled with unique works of art. Chandeliers and flowers add to the ambiance, providing an intimate fine dining experience.
Access: 16 km from Blenheim, 9 km from Blenheim airport, 30 minutes to Picton interisland ferry terminal, 20 wineries within 6 km.
Included in Rate: Complimentary WI-FI. Free parking in villa garages. on site laundry, use of all facilities. Breakfast available by prior request.
This boutique accommodation retreat offers spacious, stylish self-contained villas set amongst the vines and is perfect for independent travellers. Villas are private and peaceful and only a 15-minute drive from either the town of Blenheim or the airport. A 25-minute drive takes you to Havelock, gateway to the beautiful Marlborough Sounds – a playground for sailing, fishing, walking and kayaking.
Vintners Retreat is 30 minutes by road from the Picton ferry terminal and the interisland ferry services to/from Wellington.
Each of the 14 villas is beautifully appointed, fully equipped to a high standard, and serviced daily. There are private patios, and complimentary WiFi and luxury toiletries are supplied. Villas accommodate up to 4 guests, and a three bedroom lodge accommodates up to 6 guests.
A delicious breakfast, sourced from a local cafe is available by prior request. Pick up a few provisions at the local stores and cook up an evening BBQ on the patio, relax with a glass of wine and enjoy stunning views of the vineyards. Or choose to dine at a choice of superb restaurants, all within an easy drive from your luxury villa.
Within the four-acre grounds is a solar heated swimming pool, tennis court, boules strip and croquet sets. Bikes are for hire – ride through the vineyards or cycle along the banks of the Wairau River.
Marlborough is world-renowned for its wines and there are many world-class wineries in the area. Lunch al-fresco or take a bottle or two home to your villa to enjoy with a BBQ on your private patio.
Access: Bronte Country Estate is 30 minutes from Nelson and Nelson airport. Situated on the waters edge of the Waimea Estuary at Mapua, between Nelson and Motueka, close to vineyards, cafes and art galleries.
Included in Rate: Accommodation and gourmet breakfast, Pre-dinner drinks, Illy Iperpresso coffee fine teas, house treats Complimentary Wi-Fi
As Nelson’s premier 5-star waterfront property, Bronte Country Estate is New Zealand owned and operated, with five suites and villas set in gardens surrounding the homestead. Dressing rooms, spa baths and kitchenettes provide the ultimate in luxury and comfort.
Te Koi (Maori for headland) Private Villa – comfortably appointed air-conditioned and fully self-contained, this villa is located on its own promontory overlooking the Estuary with views to Mapua and Rabbit Island, giving the option of privately hosted accommodation.
A three-course table d’hote dinner served each evening in the lodge dining room, or on spacious decks overlooking the peaceful gardens. The menu changes daily, featuring seasonal local products. Included is a fine selection of quality local wines.
Enjoy the beautiful gardens and parkland, the heated swimming pool and full-size tennis court. Play petanque or book a cycle tour around the countryside, visiting art galleries and vineyards. Arrange a kayak tour on the estuary or simply just relax.
The lodge is central to the Nelson region, a twenty-minute drive from the airport, and features its own helipad. The area is surrounded by award-winning wineries and internationally renowned cafes and galleries. Abel Tasman National Park only a 45-minute drive from your villa.
Access: Manakau Lodge is located just 8.5kms north of Kaikoura township.
Included in Rate: Full Breakfast – cooked and continental Complimentary Wi-Fi Use of iPad tablet. Outdoor parking onsite.
Offering four spacious and elegantly appointed guest rooms with king size beds, deep cushioned armchairs, LCD television and ensuites with heated floor and monsoon shower. Deluxe rooms have delicious deep floor-standing bathtubs to indulge at the end of the day.
Technology has been taken to new heights with complimentary use of an In-Room iPad. Guests have access to the internet and email literally at their fingertips. Read from a selection of daily international e-newspapers and magazines, check out the latest weather forecasts, make onward travel plans or Skype friends and family back home. Or for a cosy night in choose your favourite music or movie from the lodge’s digital library and stream straight to the TV in your room through Apple-TV technology.
A hearty breakfast is included to enjoy in the dining room or your veranda. Choose to relax with your hosts and other guests over a glass of wine. Neil, your host, is an experienced chef and will create a delicious evening platter by request.
Take your photography skills to a new level and join an Images Abound photography workshop with Neil as part of your stay at Manakau Lodge.
Just a ten-minute drive from the cafes and shops of Kaikoura and it’s award-winning marine excursions such as whale watching and swimming with dolphins. The mountains offer some great wilderness walks.
Neil and Eileen moved from the United Kingdom, fell in love with the Kaikoura region and decided to build Manakau Lodge. Their extensive travels around the world have given them a special insight into the needs and expectations of the independent traveller. They have many years in the hospitality business themselves; from the Royal Albert Hall in London to Walt Disney World in Florida; a pizzeria in Paris to a country pub in Oxfordshire. Anyone with a passion for photography will find themselves very much at home in Neil’s company – his spare time is filled photographing the stunning local landscape and his work is on show at the Lodge.
Access: 11 kilometres or 20 minutes drive from Christchurch International Airport and adjacent to Christchurch Arts Centre
Included in Rate: Included in tariff: Continental Mediterranean style breakfast, tea and coffee, complimentary Wi-Fi, Flat screen TV, complimentary parking, nightcap of Port or Brandy, all local taxes.
This luxury boutique hotel offers 12 guest rooms accommodating up to 24 guests. Polished timber floors, ornate plaster ceiling roses, luxury bedding and mirrored wardrobes capture the intimacy of yesteryear, yet refurbished to meet the highest expectations of today’s guests. Flat screen televisions, Sky TV and complimentary wireless internet. Ensuite bathrooms feature walk-in massage showers, underfloor heating and complimentary toiletries.
A private meeting room is available for small meetings for up to 8 persons.
Christchurch City is re-developing into a great place to visit, has constructed a ‘pop-up’ shopping mall downtown, and new bars and cafes are opening almost daily. Take a punt down the Avon River, stroll through the Botanic Gardens. Play golf a Hagley Park. Take a day trip north to Waipara Wine Country to taste award-winning wines and dine al-fresco at some stunning wineries. Head east to Banks Peninsular and on to the pretty French-inspired seaside village of Akaroa – just a 90-minute drive from Christchurch city.
Relax and mingle at the end of your day with a glass of wine in the comfortable lounge or in the outdoor garden with its open fire. Perhaps a nightcap of Port or Brandy, and wake to a sumptuous Mediterranean breakfast.
Your hosts, Peter Morrison and Jan Clarke, have been in the Hospitality Industry all their working lives. They have owned and managed award-winning Hotels, Bars and Restaurant and they know what it is to offer a truly unique boutique experience. Jan is also a Personal Style Consultant and enjoys helping guests with fashion shopping and makeovers. Peter and Jan have furnished this boutique hotel to the highest standards while ensuring it still feels like home away from home.
Access: 6 kilometres from Christchurch International Airport and adjacent to Clearwater Golf Club. Just a very short drive from Christchurch International Airport and 15 minutes from Christchurch city centre.
Included in Rate: Included in tariff: Drinks and canapés, cooked or continental breakfast, tea and coffee, home baking, complimentary platter of fresh fruit, chocolates and iced water, complimentary Wi-Fi, Satellite TV, all local taxes. On site parking.
A sweeping driveway delivers you to this spacious, luxurious homestead. There are three luxury suites with Super King or Twin beds, fresh flowers and Sky TV. Each offers a spacious ensuite with large relaxing bath, separate shower, under-floor heating, bathrobes, toiletries, hairdryer. Suites open to private balconies with views of the Port Hills and Southern Alps, or out to the garden.
Relax around the heated pool and Spa, play petanque or tour the vineyard and enjoy a wine tasting. Play GOLF at Christchurch’s pre-eminent championship golf course – Clearwater which is adjacent to Clearview Lodge. Sue and Robin, your hosts, are passionate golfers and have negotiated special rates here for their guests and at a number of other golf courses, including Pegasus and Terrace Downs Golf Resort.
Other options are to visit Orana Wildlife Park or The International Antarctic Centre – both a short drive from the lodge.
Join your hosts for a glass of wine and canapés late afternoon when you arrive, or drinks before you depart for dinner. Taste their own crafted Clements Estate Pinot Noir, Rose or port or perhaps a New Zealand white wines from nearby Waipara.
Access: West Coast, South Island. 8 km from Hokitika town and 7 km from Hokitika Airport. 3 hours drive from Christchurch or 4 hours from Nelson.
Included in Rate: Gourmet breakfast, fresh flowers, tea/coffee facilities & refrigerators in rooms. Complimentary Wi-Fi. Guest computer, with complimentary broadband. Secure on-site parking.
The wild, rugged and majestic West Coast of New Zealand’s South Island is the location of Rimu Lodge. A place so pristine, beautiful and peaceful that you will be struck by the absolute silence and sheer majesty of your surroundings. Enjoy the contrasts between this region – where time seems to stand still – and the 21st-century comforts of the lodge.
Rimu Lodge offers 4 casually elegant ensuite rooms. Built to take advantage of the views they feature central heating, double-glazed windows, refrigerators and tea and coffee facilities. Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the lodge and fresh flowers in the rooms add that personal touch.
Country style cooked and continental breakfast featuring strawberries, blueberries and stone fruit from the kitchen garden. Hokitika township, just a 10-minute drive from the lodge, boasts several cafes and restaurants. For visitors travelling to New Zealand in March, the annual Hokitika Wildfoods Festival is a “must do” experience.
Hokitika is an interesting town bustling with artisans working with Pounamu (greenstone), glass, gold and more. You can still pan for gold here! Excellent fly-fishing, bush walks, and just a one-hour drive from both Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers. A new attraction is the West Coast Treetop Walk with its 450m steel platform built high about the ancient Rimu and Kamahi tree canopy
Your host Sue-Ellen searched far and wide to find this perfect spot, looking all over the South Island for their own slice of Kiwi paradise. Finally, on the West Coast, she found what she was looking for – an unspoilt environment with spectacular views. The lodge is designed to reflect and enhance the beauty of its location.
Access: Queenstown international Airport is a 2.5 hour drive north to Lake Pukaki. Christchurch International Airport is a 3.5 hour drive via the northern inland route. Helicopter transfers directly to the retreat from Queenstown or Christchurch can be arranged.
Included in Rate: Gourmet Breakfast provisions or hosted, 2-course meal each day including a bottle of wine, Tea and Coffee, NZ Chocolate gift, seasonal fruit bowl. Whisky decanter, Mini-bar; complimentary beer and juice. Complimentary Wi-Fi. Tennis Court, Petanque, Croquet, cycle trail bicycles, Fantail Spa. Curling Rink in winter.
The Retreat accommodates up to 4 guests in the Ashley Mackenzie Villa, and an additional 4 guests in the Pukaki Homestead Boutique Lodge, just 200 metres from the villa. Just one group is accepted at any one time.
The Ashley Mackenzie Villa is private and romantic offering two ensuite bedrooms and an elegant Drawing Room with open plan living. French doors open to patios and beyond to lawns with stunning lake and mountain views. For the cooler evenings, a large open fire tempts guests to relax with a glass of wine.
Pukaki Homestead offers two additional bedrooms, a shared bathroom and a private library. Located next to the guest wing, the Great Hall features a spacious dining table for shared meals.
Located in the gold level Aoraki International Dark Sky Reserve, Pukaki Observatory provides guests with the opportunity to explore the dark sky (absolutely no light pollution). Join your hosts for a unique dark sky experience. The adjoining wine cellar is your introduction to the features of the Dark Sky Reserve accompanied by wine. Explore the Milky Way Galaxy, the stars and planets through the telescope.
The Fantail Spa is open to lake and mountain views and features a sauna, hot tub, workout room and massage room, with a selection of unique massage experiences.
Feeling energetic? An AstroTurf Tennis Court is onsite, a Petanque Court, or Croquet on the lawn. Or in the winter, a Curling Rink. Cycle trails surround the retreat and bicycles are available for guests. Explore local glaciers in the Aoraki Mt Cook World Heritage Park, just a ½ hour drive from your accommodation, or explore by helicopter – there’s a helipad on site.
This luxury retreat is perfect for all seasons.
Access: Just 2 minutes drive from Oamaru Township in a hillside location with views of sea and mountains.
Included in Rate: Pre-dinner drinks and canapés, in-room refreshments, gourmet cooked or continental breakfast, complimentary UFB Wi-Fi in all guest rooms and throughout the lodge, all local taxes.
Located in the historic township of Oamaru on the East Coast of New Zealand’s South Island. Just a short drive up the hill from Oamaru’s main street, enter into another world and the grandeur of this spacious homestead will captivate you. From the main Entrance Hall through to the spacious Drawing Room, you are taken back to an earlier gracious era. Wander into the Library to browse a massive collection of books, including a section dedicated to cuisine – which is a speciality here at this luxury lodge – or relax in the Billiard Room complete with its full-sized competition table. An extensive verandah, outdoor terraces and restful gardens make Pen-y-bryn Lodge the perfect place to relax, unwind and indulge.
Five charming stylish guest rooms, each with its personalised name and character, have been appointed to the highest standard and feature pure cotton bed linen, wool underlays, duvets and comfortable feather & down pillows. The Elizabeth Room features an original claw-foot bath, taking one back to an era with time to relax and indulge. The Victoria Room features a walk-in shower. Both these ensuites have heated tiled floors, luxury toiletries, monogrammed bathrobes and hand-embroidered face cloths, adding a personal touch to your stay. Enjoy tea or plunger coffee, lodge baked biscuits, New Zealand chocolates or fresh fruit from your Butler’s Tray.
Three spacious Annex rooms are the largest at Pen-y-bryn Lodge. The Park Room, The Garden Room and The Nest offer split king beds, air conditioning and heating. Satellite TV, Nespresso machine and herbal or traditional tea or coffee to be enjoyed with lodge baked biscuits. New Zealand chocolates and fresh fruit are complimentary. A sitting area with sofa bed for use by a third person is an added feature in these three Annex rooms. Ensuites in the Annex have an oversized bathtub, a walk-in shower, bathrobes and luxury toiletries.
Each room is equipped with an iPod/iPhone dock and UFB Wi-Fi is complimentary throughout the lodge.
Cuisine is a speciality at the lodge and dining is recommended. James Glucksman co-host and chef creates menus from around the world whether it be fine European dining, a Chinese banquet or cuisine from East Asia, South America or the Middle East.
TO DO – Visit to Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony
If you happen to be in Oamaru on a Sunday morning you really must visit the Oamaru Farmers Market, showcasing delectable food from around the region. Choose to lunch at Fleur’s Place in nearby Moeraki – this fish shack, built on the edge of the ocean, was chosen by British chef and food writer Rick Stein as the place he most wanted to visit. Visit Harbour-Tyne historical precinct, an area of splendid Victorian commercial buildings and warehouses, with numerous cafes and boutique shops.
Access: 15 minutes drive from airport. 300 meters walk to central Queenstown, shops and cafes.
Included in Rate: Included in tariff – Pre dinner drinks and canapes, accommodation. Complimentary WiFi. Complimentary covered parking.
Designer luxury in the heart of Queenstown, this boutique hotel offers personalised, warm, friendly hosting – enjoy drinks and canapes served in the lobby each evening.
Sophisticated rooms, designed with flair, feature spacious en-suites and kitchenette. Rooms open to a courtyard or balcony with views to the Gondola or out to The Remarkables mountain range.
Gourmet breakfast is available as an optional extra, or a short 5-minute stroll takes you to the heart of Queenstown with a choice of award-winning restaurants, jazzy cafes and bars.
Queenstown is an adventure playground from mountaineering, tramping, bungee jumping and jet boating, through to lunches at sophisticated wineries, art tours or just exploring the local markets, arts and crafts and art galleries.
Through the winter months, Queenstown becomes a winter alpine resort, with its world famous ski fields – The Remarkables, and Coronet Peak just a 30-minute drive from your hotel. Return in the evening, place your skis and boots in the hotel’s drying room and enjoy a drink and canapes with your hosts.
In summer cycle through the Gibbston Valley wine region, past lakeside landscapes or through to the historic gold mining town of Arrowtown. Along the way meet an eclectic bunch of winemakers and stop by their cellar doors at small intimate tasting rooms. The region also excels in world-class golf courses – Jack’s Point overlooking Lake Wakatipu. The Hills Golf Club or Millbrook – all within a 30-minute drive from your hotel.
Access: 8kms from Wanaka township and 1 hour drive from Queenstown.
Included in Rate: Evening aperitifs including Central Otago wines or the lodge’s seasonal specialties. All day tea and coffee, home-baking and fresh fruit, mineral water and chocolates. Unlimited wireless internet. Courtesy transfers into Wanaka 6.00p – 9.30pm. Full use of lodge facilities.
The stylish interior features four luxuriously appointed en-suite guest rooms and two private suites, each with French doors opening to a verandah and gardens, offering wonderful mountain views.
Relax by the swimming pool and spa, or enjoy Croquet and Petanque.
The on-site helipad provides direct access to spectacular glaciers, fjords lakes.
Wanaka is surrounded by award-winning vineyards, walking and hiking trails and exciting mountain bike tracks. Cruise Lake Wanaka or fish in local rivers.
A region for all seasons, Wanaka offers 3 ski and snowboarding areas, an easy drive from Lime Tree Lodge Return to the warmth of your hosts Pauline and John and relax by a roaring fire.