New Zealand

Hotels in New Zealand

When he created the isolated leading Kiwi architect Ian Athfield was inspired by a classic New Zealand bach (weekend cottage).

Light-filled showstopper (white-on-white rooms; floor-to-ceiling-windows) on a pier near Queen Street.

The luxe vineyard homestead has huge guest rooms. You can sip local wines on a jetty in your own private bay.

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.

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.

Golf and spa complex of cottages and villas, in a pastoral mountain valley just 20 minutes from Queenstown.

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 ).

The Altitude: 5,700 feet.