Rest of North Island

Hotels in Rest of North Island

All but unknown in America, Eagles Nest is famous in New Zealand for its setting (directly on the water in the placidly beautiful Bay of Islands), the scale of its five freestanding villas (the smallest is 1,107 square feet), and its aesthetic pro?le (brusquely modern and acres of glass).

Through New Zealand’s Seasonz Travel bespoke outfitters, you can rent a cloistered retreat on the privately owned 5,000-acre Great Mercury Island—25 minutes by helicopter from Auckland.

The veddy English Bayview Chateau Tongariro, at the foot of Mt. Ruapehu, celebrates its 80th anniversary this year. Hint: Book the McLaren Suite for views of Mt. Ngauruhoe, another of the park’s volcanoes.

An exclusive 25-room lodge beloved by boldface names for its elegant rooms and premier fishing, hiking, and golfing opportunities.

The four-room hotel is set on a 6 1/2-acre vineyard in Wairarapa wine country.

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

Wellington’s best boutique hotel.

Set on 6,000 acres of lush, rolling North Island countryside and bushland beside the Pacific, the 22-suite Lodge at Kauri Cliffs is one of three luxe lodges owned by the New York-based Robertson family (the others being the Farm at Cape Kidnappers and Matakauri Lodge).

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.

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 hotel fieatures private patios with views of the Coromandel Peninsula.