New Zealand is an enchanting nation, filled with stunning scenery, vibrant culture and top-notch cuisine. It also hosts an exciting film industry and luxurious accommodations that pay homage to the land’s stunning beauty.
These hotels, resorts and villas are T+L readers’ top picks for exploring the best of this stunning country. From poolside relaxation to adrenaline-pumping adventures – they provide bucket list fantasies at every turn.
Takou River House
Within walking distance to Takou Bay beach and set amidst 150 acres of certified organic farm and native bush, this eco-friendly accommodation offers stunning views, its own river front with jetty and boathouse for your enjoyment; deserted beaches just downstream; secluded picnic spots with glow worm caves; historic Kerikeri and Russell nearby; Giant Kauri forests at Puketi 25 minutes away by car.
Magic Cottage is a charming, eco-friendly cottage tucked away in its own private sun deck with breathtaking river views. A delightful alfresco claw foot bath provides unlimited hot water from its endless supply.
Voted one of New Zealand’s Top Ten Luxury Lodges, this secluded riverside retreat provides an idyllic escape. It boasts breathtaking views, a private alfresco claw foot bath, and an indulgent spa with massage suites. Plus, the area is ideal for scuba diving and snorkeling adventures!
Hotel DeBrett, situated in Auckland’s CBD, is an upscale boutique hotel just moments away from the city’s major attractions. It’s close to both Sky Tower and Princes Wharf – which provides ferry services to Rangitoto Island).
At this 5-star hotel, rooms are individually decorated and include a pillowtop bed with down comforters. LCD televisions provide entertainment while private bathrooms boast deep soaking tubs or rainfall showers.
This art-deco boutique property in downtown Auckland puts guests in the perfect location for fashion and business. With 25 rooms that exude retro charm combined with thoughtful service, guests are within easy access of all of Auckland’s art and shopping hotspots.
Each of the 25 rooms has its own distinctive character, featuring mid-century modern furniture and New Zealand art combined with contemporary comforts to tantalize your senses. Plus, DeBrett’s Kitchen, a chic restaurant and bar for dining or socializing, is just steps away.
Azur Lodge, perched atop a hilltop overlooking Sunshine Bay, provides private villas with breathtaking panoramic views of Lake Wakatipu and The Remarkables. Plus, guests have access to complimentary shuttle services to downtown Queenstown and local restaurants for added convenience.
These modern villas are beautifully styled with contemporary woods and vibrant colors. Their expansive windows offer breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains.
Each of the nine identical 800 square foot villas is designed for complete privacy and breathtaking views. Each bedroom boasts Superking beds made with 300 thread count cotton, as well as pillows and duvets by Ploh – a specialist in luxury bedding filled with pure goose down.
In-villa spa treatments and massages can be arranged, along with complimentary afternoon tea and evening canapes. Or have a meal delivered from one of Queenstown’s restaurants directly to your villa – served elegantly on your private balcony or table by the gas fire.
Raglan Beachfront Hotel boasts an unbeatable beachfront location and access to Aquazone Swim and Fitness Centre. Its spacious rooms come complete with free WiFi, flat-screen TVs, as well as premium king spa suites for added comfort.
This beachfront accommodation in New Zealand offers a tranquil, modern atmosphere. Situated on the edge of Raglan’s harbour, it’s only a short walk away from Raglan’s vibrant township and art galleries.
Room types range from water view rooms to privates and mixed dorms. You can even book a two-bedroom historic cottage that sits right on the waterfront!