Top 20 hotels in New Zealand

By Tegan Reeves,

New Zealand – we don’t need to tell you that you’ve got some pretty great views, things to do and wines. ALL of the wines. So where are the best places to stay while you experience all of these offerings? We’ve done the hard work for you and found the top 20 hotels to visit in New Zealand, using data from the trivago Awards 2017. This list was determined using more than 200 million traveller ratings from over 200 booking sites worldwide.


1. Lakeside Serviced Apartments

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Located just one hour from Queenstown in the heart of resort studded Wanaka, Lakeside Serviced Apartments made the top of this list for good reason.

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Room types range from poolside to penthouse, all offering stunning views of Wanaka Lake and the nearby mountain ranges. The three bedroom apartments can sleep up to six, however sleeping quarters can be closed off to create smaller apartments. Rooms open up onto patios with an amazing view, regardless of the floor you’re on.

For those after something a little extra, treat yourself to the penthouse which comes with its own spa and unobstructed 180 degree views of the scenery.

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2. Bluestone On George

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Dunedin is a city steeped in history, and the interiors of the Bluestone on George reflect this in their design. White walls and cream bedspreads sit next to tasteful and elegant furniture. All rooms open up onto a balcony where a morning coffee should be enjoyed while taking in the view of Otago Harbour and Peninsula. Its central location means you’ll be in walking distance of restaurants and bars, but the sound-proofed rooms mean you’ll get a good night’s sleep.

No matter how cold the temperature outside is, you’ll be warm inside your room with facilities like electric blankets, underfloor heating and double body therapy spa baths. Cool down in the licensed guest lounge or warm up in the hotel gym.

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3. Millbrook Resort

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Millbrook Resort is situated in 500 acres of natural, unspoilt beauty. Located at the base of the Remarkables Mountain Ranges is a 27-hole golf course, four restaurants, a day spa and of course premium accommodation options.

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These options range from studio rooms and cottages to fairway homes – architecturally designed houses overlooking the picturesque golf fairways. Studios are fitted out with French provincial décor, king beds and balconies to enjoy the surroundings.

Good food is never far away, with The Millhouse Restaurant plating up European influenced dishes and Kobe Cuisine putting a modern spin on Japanese cooking. Be sure to try the sashimi.

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4. The Sails Nelson

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Located in the centre of Nelson, these upmarket hotel rooms equip travellers with all their business and luxury travel needs. Room choices include one bedroom apartments, executive suites and luxury studios, which all come at reasonable prices.

Be sure to treat yourself to breakfast-in-bed, which is no ordinary continental breakfast – think pancakes with bacon and maple alongside eggs bennie. Heated beds and feather quilts might entice you to enjoy all of your meals in bed during your stay!

Spend the day cycling around Nelson on one of the push bikes provided by reception and explore the nearby Spooners Tunnel – a 1.4-kilometer-long decommissioned rail tunnel.

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5. The Pillars Retreat

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This Mediterranean inspired country manor offers luxurious suites, situated on three acres of serene gardens just outside of Taupo.

They say less is more, and that is certainly the case at The Pillars Retreat, with only four rooms available. Suites feature king sized beds, antique furnishings, stand-alone bathtubs and patios where guests can enjoy panoramic views of the gardens.

The retreat is dedicated to minimising its eco-footprint and the organic breakfast menu incorporates as many home grown ingredients as possible – even honey from the resident bees!

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6. Eden Park Bed and Breakfast

“This was definitely the best B&B experience we had in New Zealand. Marlene and Anthony made us very welcome in their delightful house.” – Gilly, Bedfordshire UK

If you’re heading to Auckland to catch a game – be it the All Blacks or the Black Caps – Eden Park Bed and Breakfast is your best bet for accommodation. Its rooms are located just a stone’s throw from the historical sporting venue and its namesake Eden Park.

Its four rooms are spacious and tastefully decorated, each with their own individual style. The Yellow Room features 19th century twin beds, set against vintage wallpaper. Alternatively, the Cream Room is fitted out with a queen-sized bed, chandeliers and its own fireplace.

Don’t miss breakfast, which is a three course affair involving fruits, a continental and a cooked selection.

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7. Adventure Queenstown Hostel

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This isn’t your average hostel – the 50-person capacity at Adventure Queenstown means that homely vibes all round are guaranteed. In addition to this, you can be sure of a safe and secure environment.

Queenstown is known as a base for many intrepid travellers, and the reception desk in the hostel will be more than happy to help guests book their next adventure. Whether it be Lord of the Rings tours, heli skiing, bungy jumping or a wine adventure, Adventure Queenstown has you covered.

Partake in the nightly activities such as movie night, trivia and scavenger hunts before returning to your shared room for the night. The beds in this hostel might even give your bed at home a run for its money.


8. Lake Tekapo Lodge

“The Lodge is beautiful and immaculately presented. We stayed in the Tekapo room which was perfect. We had amazing views of the lake from our window and also there is a lovely little sitting area outside the door to enjoy the view even more. Stephanie and Alistair really make you feel like one of the family and we would love to return if we ever find ourselves in NZ again.” – Rosstafer, UK

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Wine lovers, this is the hotel for you. Owners Alistair and Stephanie have renovated this lodge, which is located in the quaint town of Lake Tekapo. There are currently three suites available for guests, each having been designed with their own individual style, but staying true to the theme of Tekapo blue, black and white.

On arrival, step into the hallway to admire the artwork adorning the walls, before moving onto the elegant dining room. Here you can experience some of the most exquisite meals in the region, including a four course dinner, which incorporates quality local produce.

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9. Sport of Kings

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Recently refurbished rooms at the Sport of Kings range from two bedroom apartments for larger groups to one-bedroom spa apartments and studio apartments. Corporate accommodation options feature unlimited ultra-fast WiFi, as well as photocopying and printing services, making business travel as easy as possible.

The hotel’s central Rotorua location means that restaurants and bars are never far away, nor are the naturally occurring hot springs. For those wanting to take a soak closer to home, the hotel pool is also heated. This is especially useful if you’ve got aching muscles after spending the day cycling up and down the nearby mountain bike trails.

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10. Bellrock Lodge

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Russell, is one of those sleepy towns that exudes tranquility. Suites at Bellrock Lodge feel incredibly private – the entrances and balconies are all separated giving you as much seclusion as desired. Enjoy the sunset from your balcony, relax under the umbrella, and gaze out over Kororareka Bay to Waitangi from one of the best vantage points in Russell.

The suites are decked out with super king-sized beds (seriously, these beds are BIG), and leather recliners for you to kick back and enjoy your favourite book in. The kitchenettes here are filled to the brim with everything you might need to fulfill your Masterchef fantasies. If cooking is not your forte, take a walk down to the township where there are a number of cafes and restaurants.

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11. Matuka Lodge

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Located halfway between Christchurch and Queenstown, just outside Twizel, Matuka Lodge is worth more than just a one-night stay– 24-hours of relaxation here is never enough.

Sleep in, and wake to a fully-cooked breakfast complete with an aperitif, while you think to yourself ‘this is living’. Spend your day lounging around the lodge’s surroundings – grab a book from the hotel library and sit by the trout pond and enjoy the peaceful surrounds and views of the Southern Alps.

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12. The St James

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These architecturally designed suites in Hanmer Springs are reticent of something you might find on the European ski slopes. Each suite provides a view of the nearby Hanmer Conservation Park mountain ranges, and if you’re here at the right time of year you’ll be guaranteed a snowcapped view.

A range of rooms are available, but standouts include the executive spa studio which, as the name suggests, comes complete with a corner spa. If you’re planning on going all out, don’t go past the executive retreat. Sleeping 2-6 people, the suites come with a complete kitchen, large patio and gas fire with a split-stone chimney.

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13. Kauri Point Boutique Lodge

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Set amongst six acres, Kauri Point Boutique Lodge in Taupo offers stunning views out to Mount Tauhara, a dormant volcano.

Each of the three suites are individually decorated and named after Maori explorers – Tia, Ngatoroirangi and Tane Mahuta. Suites are spacious and furnished with a mixture of antique and native rimu furniture. It’s these kinds of touches that make staying at Kauri Point a culturally enriching experience.

Enjoy a home cooked or continental breakfast, and dig into some rustic wood-fired pizza in the evening – if you’re lucky, the oven will be fired up on your return to the lodge. Take a day trip to the spectacular Huka Falls and boost the adrenalin by jumping on a jet boat to get that little bit closer to the waterfall action.

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14. Acorns Wellington Bed & Breakfast

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Located in the seaside district of Seatoun (home to Wellington’s film industry), Acorn’s Wellington Bed & Breakfast is the definition of boutique accommodation, with just two suites on offer. Choose from the Kowhai Studio (sea view studio) or the Pohutukawa Studio (garden view studio), which both offer French doors opening onto the private patios. Individual studio entrances guarantee a sense of privacy, as do the rooms which are equipped with queen-sized beds, kitchenettes and lounges.

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15. The Village Lake Apartments

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If you’re keen to experience the thermal pools and spas of Hanmer Springs, the Village Lake Apartments are for you, located just a ten-minute walk from the springs. Choose between the spacious three bedroom suites, perfect for families or larger groups, or the two bedroom self-contained apartments for more intimate travellers.

Enjoy the gas fires, private patios and the range of environmental initiatives in place including Jeymar toiletries made from natural ingredients and NZ essential oils.

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16. King and Queen Hotel Suites

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As the name suggests, the range of suites at the King and Queen are fit to sleep royalty. The Queen Victoria rooms offer balconies with views of the European-styled courtyard or art gallery, while the King Henry option looks out over the Tasman Sea. Suites are decked out with European furnishings and artwork from local Taranaki artists.

Grab a continental breakfast bag from reception, jump on a bike and spend the day cycling the streets of New Plymouth. A range of dining options are offered in-house, but there are also a number of quality dining options worth checking out nearby.

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17. Kaikoura Cottages

“We had a brilliant stay in a lovely little cottage. We had cottage number 6 and it was totally private, we had our own little garden from which we could see no other cottage – just the view of the mountains and the horses in the adjoining field.” Barbara – UK

Close enough to the village of Kaikoura, but far enough away to take in the tranquil surroundings, these self-contained cottages are a haven for relaxation.

Set on 1.7 acres of land, the cottages are nestled between the mountain ranges and ocean and all vary in size – perfect for a group getaway. The larger cottages can sleep up to five guests comfortably. A plethora of activities are on offer, including whale watching, dolphin swimming, kayaking or even sky diving. If you’re up for it, grab a fishing rod and have a go at catching your own dinner.

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18. Rising Trout B&B

Drive 25 minutes North-West of Rotorua, and you’ll find yourself in the tiny village of Mourea on the edge of Lake Rotorua. Enjoy the complimentary wine, cheese and crackers on arrival, or sit back in the spa and take in the surroundings.

Breakfast is plentiful with a range of fruits, cereals and eggs. Spend the day on the lake kayaking or fishing for trout, and if you’re lucky enough to reel something in, let hosts Tony and Jude cook it up for dinner.


19. One Burgess Hill

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Hidden in New Plymouth’s rural outskirts is One Burgess Hill, tranquil accommodation that looks out over the nearby nature reserve.

Its two bedroom units can sleep up to four people, while studios comfortably sleep two. Contemporary furnishings create an open feel and showcase views over the Waiwhakaiho River.

If you’re going all out, treat yourself to the penthouse. Features include a double sided log fire, private outdoor spa and BBQ area. Elite suites come complete with a bath tub in the front window, so you can soak your body and appreciate the view all at once.

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20. Abri Apartments

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Paihia’s Abri Apartments is the perfect base for exploring the nearby Bay of Islands. Located in the midst of a sub-tropical garden, it might be easy to forget that you’re actually in New Zealand.

The north-facing apartments are doused in sun and boast private entrances and decks with sea views. The chalets, which are constructed from native New Zealand timber, feature an open plan design with spas and kitchenettes. All rooms look out over Paihia and the picturesque Bay of Islands.

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