Although New Zealand is small in area, its landscape and culture are extremely diverse. Some of the elements that attract visitors to New Zealand include natural hot springs, a 90-mile-long beach, Milford Track, and unique Maori culture and history. Whether you're searching for a modern New Zealand luxury hotels overlooking the ocean or a budget-friendly resort, hotels in New Zealand are suited for every type of traveler.
Some argue that the best hotels in New Zealand are the
ones by the ocean. The Bay of Many Coves Resort is located
right on the beautiful rocky ocean landscape of the Marlborough
Sounds of the South Island. The resort sits atop a bluff
that overlooks the Queen Charlotte Sound. This extremely
remote hotel is only accessible by taking a ferry from
Port Picton or by hiking for 4 days. Once you get there, you'll enjoy relaxing
in apartment-like accommodations that feature private
balconies, modern furniture, vaulted ceilings, and panoramic
views of the water. If the ocean is too cold for swimming,
which it often is in June, July, and August, enjoy
relaxing in the outdoor heated pool and hot tub. Two restaurants
serve New Zealand fusion cuisine as well as breakfast specialties.
New Zealand hotels are often very environmentally friendly. The Awaroa Lodge at Abel Tasman National Park is an eco-lodge set upon a private wetland preserve bordering Tasman Bay, the ultimate location for nature hikes and kayaking. The resort truly brings the outdoors in by featuring a large organic garden and a variety of indoor and outdoor plants that are native to both New Zealand and Australia. The 26 guestrooms feature pebble stone floors, local artwork, and balconies that overlook the park. You can spend your day taking a hike through the wetlands with a hotel nature guide or walking along the secluded beach coast. The walking paths through the wetlands are built on wide wooden boardwalks that rise above the water, making the hike suitable for people of all ability levels. The Awaroa Lodge is truly one of the best hotels in New Zealand for those who love being in the outdoors.
Auckland is the largest city in the country and offers a variety of New Zealand hotels, from modern business hotels to quaint bed and breakfasts. If you love historical buildings and are looking for New Zealand luxury hotels, consider a stay at the Cotter House Luxury Retreat. The Cotter House is one of the oldest houses in Auckland, dating back to 1847. It has been graciously restored to its original style. The rooms feature grand recessed arches, antique furniture, and art nouveau-style beds. The two rooms and two suites can be rented individually, or guests can rent the entire house if they wish.
New Zealand luxury hotels can be found in larger cities
as well as small seaside resort towns. The Eagles Nest
is located in Russell, a small upscale seaside town located
on the North New Zealand Island that is popular with summer
vacationers. Accommodations are villa style and feature
ultra contemporary furnishings such as glass walls, heated
floors, infinity pools, and state of the art kitchen appliances.
The smallest villa can sleep 2 people, while the largest
will sleep 8. No luxury is spared at the Eagle's
Nest. Private chefs are available to cook in guest kitchens
while in-room massage therapy services provide the ultimate
way to relax.
Those who are exploring the Great Barrier Island or are planning on hiking the famous Milford Track will find no shortage of hotels in New Zealand. The good news is that even the best hotels in New Zealand range in price from $75-$300 a night, making a New Zealand vacation an affordable option. Whether you're up for an urban adventure or prefer secluded natural settings, New Zealand hotels are modern, clean, and environmentally friendly.