Hotels in New Zealand
A remote, timber-clad lodge, via a series of gravel roads. Toast the long drive with a bottle of outstanding Central Otago Pinot Noir and chill out on the deck overlooking the inlet and the sheep ranch that clings to the precipitous, pea-green hillside across the way.
The luxe vineyard homestead has huge guest rooms. You can sip local wines on a jetty in your own private bay.
Azur consists of nine 800- square-foot freestanding villas on a steep cliff facing the alpine, Tolkienesque landscape surrounding Lake Wakatipu. Architect John Blair’s designs are simple gabled forms, roofed in ?int-colored corrugated steel and clad in Oregon red cedar and indigenous schist.
Black Barn is many things: winery, summer concert venue, modern Kiwi art gallery, restaurant, local farmers’ market, and lodging. What makes it all work is that it feels like a personal project, a kind of curated lifestyle, tastefully conceived and stylishly executed.
Queenstown runs on adrenaline: the birthplace of bungee jumping also offers skydiving, jet boating, and killer downhill slopes. Matakauri Lodge & Spa is just an eight-minute drive from the action, but feels a world away, set among cabbage trees and Douglas firs.
Formerly Hyatt Regency Auckland
High-rise hotel with modern interiors and superior business amenities, just minutes from the city center.
The new four-suite Waoku Lodge is making a name among Aucklanders looking to get away from it all. Innkeepers Sharon and Rob Southern know a thing or two about making guests feel coddled—they will bring meals right to your room (order the smoked local salmon on crispy Rösti ).
Golf and spa complex of cottages and villas, in a pastoral mountain valley just 20 minutes from Queenstown.
The Altitude: 5,700 feet.
The hotel also boasts a winery, restaurant, and pizzeria.