No matter what part of New Zealand you plan on staying in, there will be numerous choices of hotels. You can opt for a quaint hotel with that personalized feel, an upscale hotel that will cater to your every need, or something in between. There are perfect options for every type of getaway, from business trips to family vacations to girls’ weekends to staycations. You just have to determine the ideal location for your accommodations, the amenities you need, and your budget. From there, you should be able to easily narrow down your choices of New Zealand hotels to find the perfect one for your trip. CDC information for travelers. Hours/availability may have changed.
1.Ugbrooke Country Estate
Ugbrooke Country Estate delivers boutique accommodations within the heart of Marlborough’s Awatere Valley. The accommodations are friendly and relaxed with great amenities in an English manor house from 1885. It has since undergone extensive renovations. There are six rooms to choose from, each Classic or Heritage. Heritage Rooms feature easy or direct access to the garden and either a Super King or King bed. Classic Rooms have courtyard views and Queen beds. All accommodations have heat pumps, en-suite bathrooms, and bar fridges. They range from 18 to 30 square meters and may also feature glass and timber paneling. You can also choose a room with a draped bed, tall casement windows or a carved fireplace.
The property has 16 acres of land with amazing views of expansive vineyards. Explore the property with its original poppy frieze wallpaper, 14-foot ceilings, fireplaces, and hand-painted pressed-metal ceiling in the dining room. Guests at the estate are treated to breakfast in the morning, letting you start off the day with a continental meal. If you prefer, you can pay for a cooked breakfast. You can also request dinner, which has two courses. It is also possible for a BBQ to take place outside in the case of good weather.
152 Ugbrooke Rd, Blenheim, Marlborough, New Zealand, Phone: +64-35-75-79-88
2.Birds Ferry Lodge
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Birds Ferry Lodge delivers luxury bed and breakfast accommodations on 20 hectares of private lands. The rooms are luxurious and help you connect with nature, so there are no live TVs or landlines. Stays in the Lodge rooms include Nespresso coffee machines, fridges, Wi-Fi, private access on the deck with its outdoor seating, en-suite bathrooms, complimentary laundry, luxury handmade toiletries, fluffy bathrobes, heated towel rails, screened windows, complimentary non-alcoholic beverages, and great views. Or stay in the Ferry Man’s Cottage with its private 12-acre section of the property and 19 square meters with two bedrooms, a sleeper sofa in the lounge, indoor and outdoor games, and Wi-Fi. The Cottage also has twin outdoor garden baths, a TV with a DVD player, a modern bathroom, and a fully equipped kitchen.
The lodge lets you customize your stay with personalized packages that can include private transfers. Visit the library to browse books, magazines, puzzles, and board games. Guests can enjoy a nice soak in the property’s outdoor spa or schedule a holistic massage. Breakfast is included in every stay and features homemade conserves, organic produce and fruit, fresh baked bread, and real espresso. You can also enjoy other meals and wines in the Lodge or delivered to the Ferry Man’s Cottage.
163 Birds Ferry Road, Westport, New Zealand, Phone: +64-21-33-72-17
3.The Classic Villa
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The Classic Villa prides itself on offering the finest boutique accommodation right within the heart of Christchurch. This five-star boutique hotel provides genuine hospitality and warmth in a historic villa from 1899. Each room connects to the Arts Centre, is directly across the street from the Villa, or across from the Canterbury Museum. The eight Heritage rooms are within the original villa with ornate restored ceilings, Kauri doors, polished timbers, wood-fire-effect heaters, flat-screen TVs, modern bathrooms with underfloor heating, complimentary toiletries, hair dryers, and free internet. All rooms also have safes, Sky Sports, and Sky Movies. You can choose a room with two TVs or two luxury double beds.
The property has a luxurious lounge as well as an outdoor garden area so guests can relax and unwind either inside or outside. On-site parking is available and there is also a private meeting room available. Guests have access to the Macbook Pro as well as a printer, scanner, and Wi-Fi. The day begins with a continental breakfast. There are complimentary non-alcoholic beverages, tea, and coffee as well.
17 Worcester Boulevard, Christchurch Arts Center, Canterbury, New Zealand, Phone: +64-33-77-79-05
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Nikau Lodge sits in the heart of Kaikoura and gives guests amazing views of the mountains and sea along with high-quality yet affordable accommodations in the bed and breakfast style. There are four rooms to choose from, each of which is spacious. Two have queen beds and the other two have a king or two twin beds. The rooms also have free Wi-Fi, TVs with DVD players, plunger coffee, tea, home baking, and complimentary wine or beer upon arrival. Other amenities include hair dryers, en-suite bathrooms, radio-alarm clocks, robes, and toiletries.
Guests are welcome to use the garden hot tub for relaxation. Or you can just sit on the verandah and enjoy nature, with views of snow-capped mountains and stars at night. The garden also features a gorgeous nikau tree, the southernmost palm tree in the world. For convenience, the lodge offers courtesy drop-off and pick-up and laundry services. The morning starts off with full-cooked as well as continental breakfasts, made using free range eggs and fresh local produce. Breakfast comes with fresh-brewed tea or fresh percolated coffee.
53 Deal Street, Kaikoura, New Zealand, Phone: +64-0-33-19-69-73
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Chalet Queenstown offers guests the amenities of a small boutique hotel just a quick five-minute walk from Queenstown’s center. Guests are treated to amazing views of Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown Hill, and the Remarkables. In addition to staying in individual accommodations, it is also possible to make an exclusive rental of the whole property. The seven guest rooms all have private en-suite bathrooms with showers, balconies with amazing views, twin beds or a super king, feather duvets, feather or firm pillows, coffee and tea-making facilities, available allergen-free bedding, flat-screen TVs, iPod docking stations, robes, and hair dryers.
The boutique hotel will gladly assist guests with planning their activities in the area. Guests can spend some time on the property, either outside in the garden patio or inside in the guest lounge. The hotel also offers laundry service, including washing, drying, and folding. Breakfast offers a continental-style buffet as well as a freshly-prepared a la carte breakfast, both of which focus on locally-supplied goods. Those who choose to rent the entire property can also use its industrial kitchen.
1 Dublin Street, Queenstown, New Zealand, Phone: +64-34-42-71-17
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The Moorings offers motel and apartment accommodations that are self-catering and stylish. The 14 studio units have great views of Lake Wanaka as well as Mount Aspiring National Park. They also have queen or king beds, kitchenettes, fridges, double hotplates, microwaves, full bathrooms with showers and tubs, SkyTV, sofa chairs, private patios or balconies, and underfloor heating. You can also opt for an interconnecting room. The apartments have separate bedrooms, generous living rooms, and full kitchens along with partial mountain and lake views and outdoor decks with BBQs and furniture. All apartments also have irons, ironing boards, Sky TV, lounge areas, dining areas, electric blankets, log burners, and full bathrooms. The apartments can have two or three bedrooms. Two-bedroom apartments feature two queen-size beds and a single bed while three-bedroom apartments have a queen and four single beds or two queens and two single beds. Some also feature sofa beds in the lounge space.
Guests are welcome to enjoy wireless internet by the reception area. There is a ski drying room on-site as well as guest laundry. Guests can request a continental breakfast for convenience in the morning.
17 Lakeside Rd, Lake Wanaka, New Zealand, Phone: +64-34-43-84-79
For truly unique accommodations, SiloStay lets you stay in converted silos. The ground floor of the silos has a custom-fitted kitchenette as well as an external balcony, a toilet, and a relaxed seating area. The second floor features a bedroom, balcony, and bathroom which you access via the sculptural steep staircase. All silos also have electric blankets, hair dryers, wall-mounted flat-screen TVs, five-channel satellite TV, DVD players, broadband internet, and an MP3 stereo with CD, USB, and iPod connectivity mounted to the bed head. There are convenient spots to hang your kayak or bike and complimentary bathroom toiletries. There are one-bedroom silos with queen beds or an Accessible Ground Floor Silo with space for two adults and up to two children.
SiloStay was constructed and designed with eco-friendly systems, such as wool for insulation and using a by-product of timber production that is typically waste to heat the units. There is also passive cooling during the summer, LEDs, and a BioPod. Guests can make use of the free off-street parking. As each apartment has its own kitchenette complete with a fridge unit, SiloStay is designed for guests to self-cater. There are also numerous local eateries that offer takeaway. The rooms do have complimentary coffee, tea, hot chocolate, milk, and herbals.
State Highway 75, Christchurch Akaroa Rd, Little River, New Zealand, Phone: +64-33-25-19-77
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Paroa Hotel offers the newest guest accommodations in town as it was recently renovated to reach a high modern standard. The unites are spacious with high-quality fittings as well as modern bathrooms. The TVs have Sky and Netflix, and all rooms have free unlimited wireless internet. There are also balconies overlooking the garden. Accommodations include king studios, executive rooms, one-bedroom suites, one bedrooms, two bedrooms, and bungalows with a total of 11 units. Interconnecting rooms are available.
The property has a tour desk, dry cleaning service, free parking, fresh linen, guest laundry facilities, in-house movies, a fire place, a spa, conference facilities, and a bar/lounge. There is an on-site restaurant as well as two bars for a great selection of wine and beer as well as coffee. The new alfresco restaurant lets you enjoy the weather outside while eating or dine inside by the big windows, big-screen TVs, and warm fire. The restaurant uses fresh local ingredients and has 57 years of experience. The hotel’s bar also has a pool table and a mini casino as well as large-screen TVs.
508 Main South Road, Paroa, Greymouth, New Zealand, Phone: +64-7-62-68-60
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9.Rendezvous Hotel Christchurch
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Rendezvous Hotel Christchurch offers guests multiple types of accommodations, all of which include access to useful amenities and very close to numerous Christchurch attractions. Twin, queen, or king rooms have alarm clocks, air conditioning, cable TVs, hair dryers, in-room movies, phones with international direct dial, irons with ironing boards, modem jacks, mini bars, queen beds, fridges, showers, TVs, temperature control, complimentary internet, and toilets. Deluxe king rooms have laptop-sized safes, executive desks with ergonomic chairs, and MP3/iPod docking stations. Spa suite kings have whirlpools and espresso machines. Suites have similar amenities, including the espresso machines and whirlpools and are available as one or two bedrooms. All accommodations include French Connection soaps, conditioner, shampoo, dental kits, sewing kits, and vanity kits. Accessible rooms are also available with similar amenities.
The hotel has a 24-hour reception, wake-up calls, available babysitting, available car rentals, available dry cleaning, luggage storage, conference facilities, a doctor on call, and mail services. Make use of the gym and sauna. All rooms get unlimited high-speed Wi-Fi for as many as four devices with higher speeds and more devices available for a fee. Valet parking is available for a fee. Dine in-room or at the Hotel Restaurant and Bar.
166 Gloucester Street, Christchurch, New Zealand, Phone: +64-39-43-38-88
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10.Scenic Hotel Dunedin City
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Scenic Hotel Dunedin City offers contemporary award-winning design, modern facilities, local artwork, a convenient location in the inner-city, and spacious guest rooms. Standard Rooms have either two double beds or a king bed, good natural lighting, modern styling, available interconnecting options, phones, hair dryers, irons, tea and coffee-making facilities, toiletries, Sky TV, mini bars, and free Wi-Fi in 43 square meters. Superior Rooms are 67 square meters and offer a king bed, two queens, a queen and a single, or a queen and two singles. Executive Rooms are 73 square meters with a king or two queens, balconies, desks, robes, slippers, and air conditioning. There are also Executive One- or Two-Bedroom Suites.
The hotel has conference facilities, 24-hour reception, 24-hour room service, valet parking, tourist information, booking service, a guest recycling bin, two guest laundry facilities, valet dry-cleaning and laundry, ice machines, and a fitness center. There is also both an internet kiosk and free Wi-Fi throughout the property. You can dine at Princes on Dowling Restaurant for breakfast or dinner. The menu features central Otago cuisine as well as wine from the same region to support local producers. Or visit the lounge bar with its large-screen TV and gas fireplace.
123 Princes St, Dunedin, Phone: +64-34-70-14-70
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Mohua Motels is a locally-owned motel that offers well-appointed and clean accommodations. Multiple types of rooms and suites are available to choose from. The rooms have free unlimited Wi-Fi, ethernet cables and full kitchenettes with built-in cooktop hobs, dishes, cutlery, sinks, fridges, utensils, microwaves, kettles, coffee plungers, and toasters. They also have a range of hot chocolate, tea, and coffee. Other room amenities include modern heat pumps and air conditioners, daily housekeeping, wall-mounted flat-screen TVs with Sky, alarm clocks, bathtubs, showers, available spa baths, toiletries, phones, hair dryers, and available dining tables. Wheelchair-accessible rooms are also available. Choose from Studio Queens or Kings, Studio Balconies, Spa Studios, and One- or Two-Bedroom Apartments. Apartments also have dishwashers.
The entire property has wireless internet, including on the lawn or patio. There is a 24/7 guest laundry area with coin-operated machines. There is also baggage storage, loaner beach towels, loaner BluRay and DVD players, and free parking. The Golden Bay Visitor Center and the Bus Station are both right next to the motel for convenience. Guests can choose to start the day with a continental breakfast delivered to their rooms. You can also order a semi-catered box lunch from reception or dine at one of the many restaurants in walking distance.
22 Willow Street, Takaka, Golden Bay, NZ, Phone: +64-35-25-72-22
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Chalets Motel offers ten separate chalets, each of which is fully self-contained for all the amenities you need as well as privacy, peace, and quiet. All accommodations have TVs with over 50 SKY Digital Channels, including all of the Sports Channels. All Chalets also have full-service kitchens, modern amenities, good heating in the bedrooms and living areas, separate bedrooms, bike storage, LCD TVs, DVD players, wireless broadband internet, complimentary daily newspapers, and electric blankets. The Chalets also all have amazing views. Depending on the Chalet you choose, it can sleep up two to six guests.
Guests can also borrow numerous items from the Chalets Motel, including a BBQ, a highchair, a cot, and a wok. There is a free DVD library to borrow from as well as guest laundry facilities. Kids will appreciate the spacious grounds, swings, and trampoline. Every Chalet has its own private parking immediately next to it. The hosts are ready to give you suggestions of the numerous activities within walking and driving distance of the Chalets, including the Hot Thermal Pools and village center. The property has also taken multiple environmental initiatives, such as rigorous recycling and planting numerous native grasses and plants throughout the site.
56 Jacks Pass Road, Hanmer Springs South Island, New Zealand, Phone: +64-33-15-70-97
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Torlesse Motels is just 200 meters away from Little Kaiteriteri’s golden sandy beach and about a kilometer from water taxi access to Abel Tasman National Park. The 11 motel units are all well-equipped and include self-contained two-bedroom accommodations, studios, and everything in between. All units have amazing views. Most units have laundry facilities inside as well as balconies. They all feature kitchenettes with fridges, stoves tops, kettles, microwaves, toasters, cutlery, and crockery. They also have free Wi-Fi, private bathrooms, and flat-screen TVs. You can request a porta cot and/or a high chair as well and units sleep up to six guests.
Guests can enjoy off-street parking. Those with one of the rare motel units without their own laundry facilities can have the motel take care of laundry for you. The property has an outdoor BBQ and dining area that guests are welcome to use. After you eat, relax in the on-site heated spa pool. The motel also offers convenient access to local attractions, as well as staff that is happy to make recommendations of activities such as visiting the National Park, kayaking, taking an EcoTour, going on a sailing adventure, exploring canyons, visiting the Kaiteriteri Mountain Bike Park, and more.
8 Kotare Place, Little Kaiteriteri Beach, Motueka, New Zealand, Phone: +64-35-27-80-63
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14.Explorer Motel Te Anau
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Explorer Motel & Apartments gives guests the choice of 16 spacious, warm apartments to stay in, all of which feature friendly service. There are Studio Apartments that sleep two to four guests, one-bedroom units for up to six guests, and two-bedroom spa bath apartments for up to six guests. All apartments are fully self-contained and non-smoking. Amenities include balconies, flat-screen TVs with USB ports, tables with chairs, outdoor tables and chairs, alarm clocks, luggage racks, hair dryers, extra blankets and pillows, available irons and ironing boards, and phones. The kitchenettes have microwaves, fridges, two-burner hot plates, frying pans, pots, kettles, coffee plungers, complimentary hot beverages, cooking and eating utensils, plates, cups, and bowls, some of which is only available by request in certain rooms. The bathrooms feature showers, basins, toilets, and toiletries. Some accommodations also have spa baths, electric blankets, sofas, and armchairs.
Guests can also make use of the tour desk, where the staff will gladly assist you with activity bookings. The property has free Wi-Fi for convenience and there is a movie library so there is never a dull moment. There is also plenty of off-street parking and luggage storage available, perfect for those going hiking or on other overnight trips. The motel also has a barbeque area and an abundance of local knowledge.
6 Cleddau Street, Te Anau, New Zealand, Phone: +64-32-49-71-56
15.Musterer’s High Country Accommodation
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Musterer’s offers air-conditioned studios and cottages with mountain views and access to numerous amenities. Choose from a two-bedroom cottage, two-bedroom apartment, family two-bedroom suite, studio, or one of three other unique individual spaces with room for up to nine guests. Accommodations have fully-equipped kitchens, private car ports, and satellite flat-screen TVs. Room amenities vary slightly but include free Wi-Fi, tea and coffeemakers, toilets, showers, toiletries, hair dryers, electric blankets, closets/wardrobes, private entrances, heat pumps, irons, air conditioning, TVs, Freeview channels, DVD players, kitchens, dining areas, dishwashers, outdoor furniture and dining areas, alarm clocks, and seating areas. You can also arrange a private wood-fired hot tub with prior arrangement.
The entire property covers six acres of land and each unit is a standalone for privacy, with additional privacy from the landscape. Guests are welcome to use the property’s bicycles for easy access to the surrounding area or on-site. In addition to cycling, guests can fish, ski, or go horseback riding on site. Guests can access the shared lounge as well as the shared kitchen area. There are also laundry facilities so you do not have to worry about dirty clothes. The property also has barbecue facilities for those who want to cook outside.
Gordon St., Fairlie, Mackenzie, New Zealand, Phone: +64-36-85-82-84
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16.Belmont Motor Inn
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Belmont Motor Inn delivers luxuriously-appointed and stylish inner-city accommodations perfect for travelers of all type. The motel is newly refurbished with contemporary style and multiple room layouts and styles. All units have ultra-fast free Wi-Fi and windows facing northwest for beauty and sunlight. All upstairs units have private sunny balconies. Every room also has quality and comfortable fittings and furnishings, cooking facilities, cooktops, microwaves, double glazing for quiet and warmth, secure proximity card door locks, hair dryers, 32- or 42-inch LCD TVs, and Sky 5 or Sky TV Guest Select 50+ channels. Two-bedroom units also have ovens and Queen Studios and Suites also have spa baths.
There is secure off-street car parking for convenience. There are also concessional shuttle and taxi rates to get to the airport. Other amenities include free loaner laptops, newspapers, a DVD library, international and local calls, booking service, travel advice, laundry service for sports uniforms, and large private balconies. There are outdoor smoking areas. Guests can also make use of the barbeque area.
172 Bealey Avenue, Christchurch, New Zealand, Phone: +64-33-79-40-37
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Gumtree Farmstay gives guests convenient access to Oamaru in a bed and breakfast with a homey feel. There are two guest rooms in the spacious family home that sits on 200 acres of land. Or you can stay in the Shepherd’s Rest, a separate accommodation that is a purpose-built Shepherds Hut with power, an en-suite bathroom, and a kitchenette. There is a Guest Share spacious bathroom that you share just with the other guests, not the host family. One of the bedrooms does have a TV. There are locally-made artisan soaps, quality linens, towels, and electric blankets.
The property covers 200 acres and has numerous gardens and trees. The farm is active, fattening bulls and running a flock of sheep. There are also friendly pet sheep, alpacas, three working dogs, ducks, chickens, a naught goat, and two house cats. Depending on the season, there may also be calves and lambs being bottle fed. Since the goal is to disconnect during a stay, there is no Wi-Fi, but there are board games. Farm tours are included in the stay and you can add afternoon tea or sheep shearing demonstrations. Guests are not allowed to use the kitchen facilities, but they can use the fridge and there is a separate station for coffee and tea. With prior notice, you can arrange a two-course evening meal and continental breakfast is included with every stay.
82 Devils Bridge Road, Oamaru, Otago, New Zealand, Phone: +64-0-34-34-50-53
18.Aspen on King
Aspen on King is among the quietest motels within Timaru and is conveniently located on King Street. There are 29 quiet units, a figure which includes 6 two-bedroom family units as well as a three-bedroom apartment. You can choose from studio units or those with one or two bedrooms, or full-access units. All units have phones, free wireless internet, irons, and full cooking facilities. Other amenities include complimentary morning papers, access to the free DVD library, electric blankets, heating, cots, high chairs, safes, and available corporate suites with workstations. Some units also connect or have full-size kitchens, sleeper sofas, and/or spa baths.
The property has a quiet garden setting perfect for relaxation. There is a full quarter-acre lawn that has a giant outdoor chess set as well as a BBQ area and trampoline. Those who require faxing, scanning, or copying can do so at the office. There are also laundry facilities and off-street parking, including for buses, trailers, and boats. Guests can start the day with an available continental breakfast. The staff at the hotel will also gladly provide guests with suggestions of local activities.
51 King Street, Timaru, New Zealand, Phone: +64-36-88-30-54
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Highview Apartments features a two-bedroom lakeview apartment with breathtaking views. This accommodation includes underfloor heating the kitchen and bathrooms, a fully-equipped kitchen and laundry facilities, gas fire, wall-mounted heaters, dining and lounge areas, three flat-screen TVs, two en-suites with both showers and baths, hair dryers, irons, sliding doors onto the courtyard or balcony, and space for up to four guests. You can choose from four king single beds, one super king and twin king single beds, or two super king beds. One-bedroom lakeview apartments are similar but with just two flat-screen TVs and space for two people with either a super king or two twin king single beds. The studios have similar amenities to the one-bedrooms, but use the communal guest laundry facilities and have kitchenettes instead of kitchens.
The property has off-street parking for convenience. There is a private outdoor spa perfect for relaxation, as is the landscaped area with native tussocks and fern. Get in a workout in the fitness room. Or sit in the area with outdoor furniture and a barbecue. There are also sports lockers and guest laundry. The complex also has a ski drying room as well as storage area.
66-70 Thompson Street, Queenstown, New Zealand, Phone: +64-80-00-10-09-04
20.Kaikoura Boutique Hotel
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Kaikoura Boutique Hotel offers a range of room types in close proximity to numerous local attractions that let you enjoy the beauty of Kaikoura. You can choose from a Courtyard Deluxe Room, a Historic Waterfront Room, a Courtyard Room, or a Junior Waterfront. Courtyard Rooms are 14 square meters with ultra-comfortable beds, superior linen, bespoke furniture, interior design inspired by Marimekko, en-suite bathrooms, New-Zealand-made luxury pampering products, fridges, flat-screen smart TVs, and coffee and tea-making facilities. There is also Wi-Fi. Courtyard Deluxe Rooms are even larger at 24 square meters. Junior Waterfront rooms are an average of 34 square meters. Historic Waterfront Rooms average 34 square meters and add larger TVs, rain-water shower heads, and large balconies.
Guests can go whale watching in Kaikoura, an unforgettable experience that is best in winter. Parking is included in every stay. There are numerous areas to sit, both inside and outside, including outdoor chairs and tables. Guests can purchase items from the snack menu or buy breakfast. Breakfast for two in the hotel’s dining room is included in the rate for the Junior Waterfront and Historic Waterfront rooms. Get a drink at the Phenix Champagne Bar.
146 Esplanade, Kaikoura, Canterbury, New Zealand, Phone: +64-0-33-19-57-48
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21.Camp Glenorchy Eco Retreat
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Camp Glenorchy is the first Net Zero Energy Retreat & Cabins in New Zealand and is part of the Headwaters. It sits by Lake Wakatipu’s scenic shores by the base of the Humboldt and Richardson Mountains. There are numerous accommodation options, including Cabins like two- and one-bedroom units. Expect all cabins to have en-suite bathrooms, walk-in rain showers, well-designed lighting, covered verandahs, great insulation, desks, key card access, and rustic décor. Those on a budget can stay in one of the four bunkrooms with twin-size bunk beds and bed linen. There is also room for up to eight RVs or motorhomes with large powered spots.
The location of Camp Glenorchy Eco Retreat means that guests are always surrounded by nature and it is easy to access a range of outdoor adventures. All guests also get to take advantage of numerous on-site amenities such as shared kitchen facilities, a campfire, and a BBQ area. There is free wireless internet so you can stay connected. The Homestead Building has configurable spaces for events and meetings. There is also bike storage and a washing and drying room. Dine in the shared mountain view dining room. Guests will find it easy to go hiking and more right from the doors of the retreat.
34 Oban St, Glenorchy, New Zealand, Phone: +64-0-34-09-04-01
22.Alexis Queenstown Motor Lodge and Apartments
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Alexis Queenstown Motor Lodge and Apartments is both close to Lake Wakatipu and close to town, giving guests easy access to everything in the area. The accommodations all have modern amenities, amazing views of the Remarkables Mountain Range and the lake, and are self-contained. Some also have spa baths. Depending on the type of accommodation, each unit can fit up to six guests. Smaller Lakeview Studios have a queen bed, kitchenette, 32-inch flat-screen TVs, en-suite bathrooms, and 5GB of free Wi-Fi for as many as ten devices per day. Spacious Lakeview Studios add a spa bath, as do some Panoramic Lakeview Studios.
One-Bedroom Lakeview Apartments have two single beds in the living area, a bedroom with a queen bed, a bathroom with a shower, a full kitchen, and available wheelchair access. Lakeview Family Apartments have two bedrooms for a total of two queen beds and two singles. They also have a bathroom, laundry facilities, two TVs, and a full kitchen. There is guest laundry on site as well as guest parking. The property is just eight minutes away from the center of Queenstown on foot and only 150 meters from the lake.
69 Franktown Road, Queenstown, New Zealand, Phone: +64-0-34-09-00-52
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The Waterfront in Queenstown offers guests the choice of two-bedroom apartments and luxury penthouse accommodations in an amazing location. It is right by the town center and offers views of Lake Wakatipu. All Juliet balconies and windows take advantage of the amazing views. One-Bedroom Apartments have full kitchens, queen beds, irons, Sky TV, DVDs, stereo systems, security systems, secure parking, ski lockers, and complimentary Wi-Fi. Two-Bedroom Two-Bathroom Apartments are similar but have an extra bathroom and an extra king bed or two extra single beds. Penthouse Studios have kitchenettes, satellite channels, and a private rooftop courtyard. The Penthouse Two-Bedroom has a full kitchen, a queen bed and either a king or two single beds, and all the other features mentioned. Guests should keep in mind that accommodations are not serviced.
The rooftop terraces in the Penthouse accommodations have their own BBQs, making them perfect for relaxation in the fresh air. The accommodations at the Waterfront are just 10 meters away from Lake Wakatipu and 100 meters from the main street, giving guests easy access to most activities in the area. There are also numerous adventurous activities nearby, such as hiking, skiing, and bungee jumping. The friendly staff at the Waterfront will assist with bookings and provide suggestions.
109 Beach Street, Queenstown, South Island, New Zealand, Phone: +64-0-34-42-51-23
Arcadia Motel prides itself on being among the most spacious as well as offering one of the best values in Christchurch plus being fully-Kiwi owned and operated. There is the choice of 11 studios, one-bedrooms, or two-bedroom accommodations, all of which have daily service. The motel is pet-friendly, child-friendly, and motorcycle-friendly with free Wi-Fi. All units have air conditioning and heat pumps for comfort. All accommodations also have Sky TV, electric blankets, irons boards, phones, and kitchen facilities, whether that is a full kitchen or kitchenette. There is wireless internet available.
Families will appreciate the children’s playground while business travelers will appreciate the availability of faxing. Sit and relax in the motel’s garden. The property has spacious grounds, including extensive secure parking even for larger vehicles like mobile homes, caravans, trucks, and boats. The motel team can assist with bookings, including with some discounts. They can also arrange an airport shuttle for guests or you can take the bus directly there. This motel is just a short drive from Christchurch City Center, Cashmere, Sumner Beach, and Lyttelton. It is also within an easy walk of numerous shops, cafes, bakeries, restaurants, and more.
564 Ferry Rd, Woolston, Christchurch, New Zealand, Phone: +64-33-89-47-56
Admiral Motel offers nine spacious units, all of which are self-contained and surrounded by a gorgeous garden setting. Choose from studios or units with one or two bedrooms. All rooms have over 20 Freeview TV channels as well as SkySports 1, UKTV, and Movies Premiere. Studio Units have queen beds, two arm chairs, dining tables with its two chairs, kitchenettes, modern en-suites with showers, in-room heating, irons, hairdryers, flat-screen TVs, electric blankets, alarm clock/radios, coffee plungers, and complimentary hot beverages. One-bedroom units can sleep up to four and have full kitchen facilities, lounges, separate toilets, and optional ranch sliders that lead to an outdoor garden area with private chairs and a table. There are also two-bedroom units, including those specifically designed for families, that build on one-bedroom features.
The property has free wireless internet and broadband access. There is a tour desk that gladly offers travel information. The motel even offers free SIM cards for international travelers to take advantage of. There is free off-street parking so you can use the free shuttle to the Railway Station. Other motel services include a children’s play area, printing, faxing, copying, porta cots, high chairs, outdoor clotheslines, barbeque facilities, a book exchange, a DVD library, and a mobile beauty therapist. Guests can enjoy the all-day continental breakfast for a very affordable price.
168 Bealey Ave., Christchurch, New Zealand, Phone: +64-33-79-35-54
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More Ideas in New Zealand: Wrights Hill Fortress
Located in Karori, Wellington, New Zealand, Wrights Hill Fortress preserves a World War II-era coastal artillery battery, open to the public as a living history museum park offering guided tours on select days throughout the year. Wrights Hill Fortress was originally constructed as a long-range coastal battery meant to protect the Wellington area from potential enemy attacks during World War II.
The site for the battery was chosen in 1935, and seven years later, in March of 1942, authorization was granted to proceed on the fortress’ construction, which would be fortified by three 9.2-inch Mk. XV guns. The fortress was designed by British architects to resemble the similar Whangaparaoa and Stony Batter structures near Auckland and began its construction in October 1942, under the supervision of engineering firm Downers. A 2,030-foot interconnected tunnel system was constructed over the following two years, with the project referred to as “Site W” throughout its construction due to necessary wartime security measures. Following the improvement of the situation in the Pacific in 1943, the fortress’ construction schedule was slowed as it was no longer considered a top priority for the government of New Zealand, and only two of the originally-planned guns were installed, only fired once apiece as tests in 1946 and 1947. After the war’s end, the fortress became a training ground throughout the 1950s, but in 1960, the fortress’ original guns were dismantled and sold as scrap metal to Japan. The fortress sat in disrepair throughout the 1960s and 1970s, but in 1988, the complex was acquired by the Karori Lions Club. The restored fortress complex was opened to the public in 1989.
Today, Wrights Hill Fortress is operated as a living history museum complex, owned and operated by the Wright Hill Fortress Restoration Society, which has been continually repairing the fortress to its original condition since its 1989 public opening. Though the original 9.2-inch Mk. XV guns have been removed from the structure, their gun pits are visible today, restored to their original condition by the Society. The pits showcase the location of the former 135-ton guns, which bore capabilities to fire its 380-pound shells at a distance of up to 18 miles over nearby Cook Strait. Other major restoration projects embarked upon by the Society throughout the fortress’ operation as a public attraction include a full restoration of its radio room, a full rewiring and repainting of the complex, and a complete waterproofing renovation of its tunnel system. To commemorate the fortress’ 50th anniversary, a 10-meter replica gun barrel was also installed at the complex.
As a historic New Zealand military complex, Wrights Hill Fortress is nationally registered as a Category I Historic Place. It has developed a reputation as a cultural landmark within New Zealand and has been featured in a number of prominent international television shows and feature films, including use during the production of Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring to create sound effects using the fortress’ tunnels. The fortress can also be seen in the horror feature film The Devil’s Rock, which uses its tunnels to depict WWII-era German bunkers.
The fortress complex is open to the public on select days throughout the year, including the national New Zealand holidays of Labour Day in October, Waitangi Day in February, ANZAC Day in April, and the Queen’s Birthday in June. Open days in December are also offered. Public tours are offered on open days, guided by members of the Preservation Society and exploring all areas of the fortress complex, with docents providing anecdotes about its history and restoration. Open self-guided exploration of the fortress is also available, with tour pamphlets and maps provided for all visitors. Tour ticket rates are available for adults, children, and families with up to three children, with all tour tickets requiring cash-only payment on site the day of open tour time. Private tours may also be arranged for small groups and organizations by appointment at any time throughout the year, depending on availability. Special curriculum-incorporated tours for primary and secondary students may also be arranged upon request.
Ongoing Programs and Restoration
Since the fortress’ 1989 public opening, the Wright Hill Fortress Restoration Society has been working on ongoing restorations to return the complex to its original WWII-era condition. Past restoration projects include the full restoration of the fortress’ radio room, drainage system, and redrawing of the bearing marks in its first gun pit. Future and ongoing restorations include complete repainting and waterproofing of the fortress’ tunnel system, restoration and rebuilding of its engine room and command post, and a full restoration of War Shelter Number One.
50 Wrights Hill Rd, Karori, Wellington 6012, New Zealand, Phone: +64-44-76-85-93
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More Ideas in New Zealand: Wai-O-Tapu
Roturua, New Zealand’s Wai-O-Tapu is known as a “thermal wonderland.” The unique geological area, with geothermal elements bubbling to the surface, has been shaped by thousands of years of volcanic activity. The geothermal area and geyser comprise the most unique and colorful of New Zealand’s geothermal attractions, and make up the southern hemisphere’s largest sinter terrace.
Underneath the surface of the Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland lies an extensive, geothermal system of nearly 7 square miles, the largest in New Zealand. The wonder lies at the northern edge of the Reporoa Caldera, a collapsed volcano of the Taupo Volcanic Zone that was active over 200,000 years ago. The Geothermal Park guides visitors on safe walkways past a variety of unique and colorful geological formations and hot springs, including the Champagne Pool, Artists Palette and other craters. Thermal pools may reach temperatures of over 200 degrees Fahrenheit. Many of the mud pools and craters may look solid, but are not. Guests are therefore required to stay on the designated pathways for a safe experience.
The Lady Knox Geiser entertains visitors with daily eruptions of 30-65 feet. Eruptions are induced by professional park staff, who add a surfactant to the geyser during the presentation. Depending on the weather conditions, eruptions may last for up to one hour.
A Mud Pool, also the largest in New Zealand, is an example of the remains of a large mud volcano, which eroded in the 1920’s. Hot gasses continue to rise to the surface, creating beautiful bubbles and spherical formations in the boiling mud.
A visitor center on site includes restrooms, as well as locker rentals for guests to store their valuables while they walk through the park. A dedicated area for cyclists provides amenities for those who arrive to the park by bike. Visitors who wish to bring their own food can enjoy the tree-lined, grassy picnic area opposite the visitor center. The visitor center’s gift shop offers souvenirs from the Thermal Wonderland park, and locally made items including jewelry and beauty products. A café on site offers coffee, other hot and cold drinks, snacks and short-order menu items. Gluten free and vegan options are available.
History: The geothermal area was originally home to the Ngati Whaoa tribe. After the arrival of Europeans to New Zealand, the area was used in the early 1900’s as an open prison, allowing well-behaved prisoners some relative freedom outside the confines of the Rotorua Lakes District jails. These prisoners first ‘discovered’ the Lady Knox Geyser. When the prisoners attempted to wash their clothes in the warm water, they found the geyser could be induced to erupt by adding soap. Due to the geyser’s 20th century discovery, it is the only such geological formation in New Zealand to not have a Maori name. The name belongs to Lady Constance Knox, who was the daughter of New Zealand’s 15th governor, Uchter Knox.
While the area has been protected as a scenic reserve since 1931, the Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland operates as a concession within the reserve. The Sewell and Leinhardt families operated the site for over 30 years, and in 2012, it was purchased by a Maori tribal business, Te Arawa Group Holdings. The park’s mission includes the belief in kaitiakitanga, a traditional Maori expression of guardianship, sustainability, and conservation. This guided the park to become members of the Rotorua Sustainable Tourism Charter in 2008. A Silver Enviro Qualmark accreditation means that the park practices water and energy conservation, and works to sustain the park’s natural features. The location has been named among the world’s “top 20 most surreal places” and is appreciated for its awe-inducing natural, and unusual beauty.
Ongoing Programs and Education: Guests may self tour the park along well-marked trails at their own pace. The suggested three-hour visit time includes a self-tour of the park and the Geiser show. The Lady Knox Geiser is surrounded by a natural amphitheater from which the staff offers a daily presentation.
The sinter terrace’s central North Island location makes it an easily accessible destination for school groups and others seeking an educational opportunity that focuses on geology, geography or sustainable tourism. The park is able to customize educational programs for group field trips that conform to the needs of most any curriculum. Educational packages are arranged through the Rotorua Education Network (REN), of which Wai-O-Tapu is a member.
201 Waiotapu Loop Road, RD 3, Rotorua 3073, NZ, Phone: +64-73-66-63-33
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More Ideas in New Zealand: Old Bank Arcade
Located in Wellington, New Zealand, the Old Bank Arcade is a Victorian-style shopping arcade housed within the former Bank of New Zealand building, a Category I historic building. The Bank of New Zealand was established in 1861, opening a branch in Wellington the following year. When the bank’s head offices were transferred from Auckland to Wellington in 1894, the construction of a permanent bank building was commissioned under the supervision of New Zealand architect Thomas Turnbull.
Construction of the building took approximately two years, with the new building being opened for business in 1901. Throughout the 20th century, three more buildings would be constructed to house the bank’s head offices within Wellington’s central business district, though the original Turnbull building was the only one officially commissioned by the bank itself. As an example of Edwardian Baroque architecture, the Old Bank Arcade building is considered one of Turnbull’s greatest career achievements and one of the best examples of Classical design throughout New Zealand.
Though Turnbull had originally designed a four-story building plan for the Arcade, the financial constraints of the upstart corporation limited construction to three stories, with the bank’s public branch hosted on the ground floor of the building and its chief offices located on its upper levels. The bank utilized the Turnbull facility until 1985, when it was relocated to its second premises within the city. A decade later, as renovations were being completed on the historic bank building to convert it into a shopping arcade, further remains of the Canadian shipping vessel Inconstant were uncovered buried beneath the building site. The vessel, colloquially known as “Plimmer’s Ark,” had been shipwrecked in 1851 and converted into a warehouse and ship chandlery facility throughout the latter part of the 19th century. Timber recovered from its upper decks was incorporated into the construction of Turnbull’s design, but the ship’s lower hull, previously thought to have been destroyed in an earthquake at the Harbour, was lost until the 1997 renovation and has become a major archaeological excavation site within the city today.
Shops and Attractions
Today, the Old Bank Arcade is operated as a Victorian-style shopping arcade, offering a variety of cafe-fare dining options and fashion, lifestyle, and specialty goods retailers. As a historic landmark in the greater Wellington business district, the building was categorized as a Category I historic place by the New Zealand Historic Places Trust, a designation given to sites of outstanding historical and cultural significance within the country. As a prime example of Classical architecture within the Australasian region, the building has been described as one of the largest of its type within the former British colonies of the southeastern Pacific.
The building is designed according to the Edwardian Baroque school of architecture, featuring an outer shell of brickwork, pressed metal ceilings, and timber flooring created from the remains of Plimmer’s Ark. The three-story building is flanked by giant Corinthian columns separating its upper levels and round-headed and columned windows throughout its rooms. An animated musical clock, originally designed as part of Turnbull’s master plan for the building, is visible within the former banking chamber area, showcasing vignettes of the city’s colonial history on every hour to a backdrop of thematic music and recorded historical narration.
A variety of speciality boutiques are showcased throughout the arcade, including the high-end beauty retailer L'Occitane, the environmentally-conscious personal care brand Lush, and jewellry boutiques Shalla Jewellers, Tory and Ko, and The Gold Exchange. Fashion retailers include Ricochet, Sills + Co, Taylor Boutique, I Love Paris, and Ruby. A number of retailers offer grooming and tailoring services, including Shampoo Plus, Perfect Look, and Spa Express, while Masters and Turner Travel Associates provide local and international travel planning information. Gourmet groceries and prepared foods are sold at Smith the Grocer, while de Spa Chocolatier offers handcrafted chocolates and other desserts. Dining options include international chain Starbucks, local coffee shop Mojo Coffee, and the vegetarian and vegan cuisine bistro Higher Taste Restaurant.
The arcade is open to the public seven days a week, with individual retailer hours varying. As a cultural landmark in the downtown Wellington business district, the Old Bank Arcade is an anchor institution of Lambton Quay, which serves as a major commercial thoroughfare for the city. In addition to the street’s high-end and specialty retailers, it is home to a number of major tourist attractions, including the famous Beehive building of the New Zealand Parliament. The Wellington Cable Car funicular car incline also boards at Lambton Quay and travels up to the neighborhood of Karori, providing access to city attractions such as Zealandia and the city’s Botanic Garden.
237/233 Lambton Quay, Wellington, 6011, New Zealand, Phone: +64-49-22-06-00
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