There are, of course, the big hotel chains scattered throughout New Zealand. However, if you’re looking for something a bit different, here are some ideas.
North Island Accommodation
With 25 colourful, retro rooms, Hotel DeBrett is an eclectic option for travellers. The hotel is close to all of Auckland’s galleries, shopping and restaurants. It’s also family friendly with babysitting services.
Keen art fan? If you’re in Wellington, check in to the QT Museum Wellington. Contemporary art fills both the public and private spaces of the hotel and there’s also a boutique shop where you can purchase unique pieces. The rooms are funky, albeit decorated minimally.
If it’s a beach break you’re after, Trinity Wharf Tauranga is right on the waterfront with a private pontoon and a pool to enjoy. The hotel offers rooms and self-contained apartments if you need more space. It’s the perfect place to enjoy the sea while still being close to the city.
Tiki Tiki Ora is a gorgeous boutique B&B just outside of Russell with views of the bay. With just three suites, it’s private and peaceful with a gorgeous dining and outdoor area.
If you’re after some relaxation, Solitaire Lodge in Rotarua is luxurious and peaceful. The second oldest lodge in New Zealand, Solitaire overlooks Lake Tarawera with a relaxed and friendly vibe all year round.
South Island Accommodation
A boutique hotel in the heart of Christchurch, The George has excellent views, inside and out. With local art adorning the walls and Hagley Park just outside, The George is the perfect place to base yourself. There are also two restaurants and free mountain-bike hire to use to explore the area.
The Spire Hotel is tucked away down a side street of Queenstown, but don’t let this fool you. It’s a hidden jewel. It’s not on the shore of Lake Wakatipu but it’s sophisticated and modern, and it has lovely views.
If you want to be on Lake Wakatipu, try Matakauri Lodge. Each of the rooms have a private balcony or deck to enjoy the beautiful view of the lake. There’s also an infinity pool, a gym and a spa onsite and you’re just seven minutes from the centre of Queenstown.
Escape to Picton is a boutique hotel with a truly charismatic owner. Set in New Zealand’s Marlborough region, it only has three bedrooms so it’s truly private. Plus, there’s an excellent restaurant on site. Picton is a charming little town linking the South Island to the North.
With a rich history, Hulbert House is an excellent option for Queenstown visitors. The hotel was built using money from the 19th century gold rush and it has been lovingly restored into a luxurious Victorian guesthouse and is a lovely walk to the centre of the city.