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From remote hideaways and lake-view lodges to slick city hotels with extensive facilities; discover the best New Zealand hotels with Kuoni

With its dramatic mountains, bustling cities, glacial lakes and rolling vineyards, New Zealand is an all-round winner with the hotels to match. Our handpicked choice is as diverse as the glorious landscapes that make the North and South islands so wonderful. New Zealand is particularly known for its remote hideaway lodges and lake-view hotels, including Hapuku Lodge on South Island, the cosy hillside Fiordland Lodge in Te Anau (dubbed the ‘walking capital of the world’) and the Bay of Many Coves Resort with its secluded spot in the Marlborough Sounds. At the more cosmopolitan end of the scale, the cities are home to elegant or traditional hotels with extensive facilities – like Cordis near the city centre of Auckland, historic houses like Beaufort House near Akaroa Harbour, or the slick Intercontinental Wellington. Whether you’re travelling with your family, partner or friends, New Zealand – land of Lord of the Rings – is bound to impress.

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Crown Hotel Napier

4.5

Waterfront hotel with fantastic sea views

This welcoming hotel overlooks the waterfront in the charming town of Napier which is famous for its elegant Art Deco style buildings as well as its p...

Rooms: 39
Transfers: Approx. 10 minutes from Napier airport and 2½ hours from Rotorua airport
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The Farm at Cape Kidnappers, Hawke's Bay

5

A countryside delight in one of New Zealand’s finest spots, with outstanding cuisine and facilities.

Overlooking a picturesque peninsula named by Captain James Cook in 1769, this spectacular property has been named by Condé Nast Traveler as one of the...

Rooms: 23
Transfers: Approx. 4½ hours from Wellington airport
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Chateau Tongariro Hotel

4

Beautiful grand hotel with a breathtaking setting

Set within Whakapapa Village, in the heart of Tongariro National Park, this classic hotel is perfectly placed for hikers doing the Tongariro Alpine Cr...

Rooms: 106
Transfers: Approx. 4½ hours from Auckland airport and 1 hour from Taupo airport.
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Huka Lodge, Taupo

5

Set on the banks of the Waikato River, this iconic boutique riverside retreat is renowned for its gourmet dining and outstanding hospitality.

The beautiful 17-acre gardens and soothing sound of rushing water at this multi-award-winning lodge provide the perfect setting for indulgent relaxati...

Rooms: 25
Transfers: 1 hour from Rotorua airport and 3¼ hours from Auckland airport. Helicopter transfers are also available*
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Millennium Hotel and Resort Manuels, Taupo

4

Superb lakefront setting

Lying on the shore of Lake Taupo, with magnificent views over the water, this welcoming hotel is a pleasant half an hour stroll along the lakefront fr...

Rooms: 51
Transfers: 3½ hours
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Grand Mercure Puka Park, Coromandel Peninsula

4

Beautiful location close to Pauanui Beach

This peaceful hideaway is set in 25 acres of native bushland on the eastern shore of the Coromandel Peninsula, close to Pauanui Beach. Historically kn...

Rooms: 42
Transfers: Approx. 2 hours from Auckland airport
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Paihia Beach Resort & Spa Hotel

5

Modern hotel with beautiful ocean views

Explore the beautiful Bay of Islands from this award-winning hotel which overlooks a beach in the charming seaside town of Paihia. Enjoy facilities in...

Rooms: 22
Transfers: Approx. 3 hours from Auckland airport
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Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands, Paihia

4

Comfortable base for local exploration

This welcoming hotel has a peaceful setting in sub-tropical gardens, just a ten-minute stroll from the beach and Paihia’s main wharf, shops and restau...

Rooms: 114
Transfers: Approx. 3½ hours from Auckland airport and 20 minutes from Kerikeri airport
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The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs, Matauri Bay

5

A world-class plantation-style lodge set on a 6000-acre estate overlooking the stunning Cavalli Islands.

On your approach to this exclusive Relais & Chateaux boutique lodge you will be struck by the breathtaking panoramic views of the offshore Cavalli Isl...

Rooms: 22
Transfers: 3¾ hours by road from Auckland or a 45-minute flight from Auckland to the Bay of Islands airport in Kerikeri followed by a 25-minute road transfer. A 1-hour helicopter transfer is available from Auckland*
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Millennium Rotorua

4

Superb location in the heart of Rotorua

This friendly hotel is ideally set in the heart of town, close to Lake Rotorua. It is directly opposite the Polynesian Spa which is home to hot minera...

Rooms: 227
Transfers: 20 minutes
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Peppers on the Point, Rotorua

4.5

A luxury lodge with magnificent lake views

This historic family mansion has been converted into a superb luxury lodge boasting spectacular views over Lake Rotorua and towards Mokoia Island. Don...

Rooms: 11
Transfers: Approx. 20 minutes from Rotorua airport
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Solitaire Lodge

5

Tranquillity and stunning natural beauty await at this romantic luxury lodge overlooking Lake Tarawera

Wonderfully secluded on a private peninsula surrounded by native bush, this lodge offers a peaceful escape into nature just outside of Rotorua. As one...

Rooms: 9
Transfers: Approx. 30 minutes from Rotorua airport
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Regent of Rotorua

4.5

A captivating city hideaway with a superb restaurant and in a great spot near Rotorua lakefront.

Regent of Rotorua dates back to a 1950s motel and has been superbly renovated in keeping with the original style, but with a luxurious and distinctly ...

Rooms: 23
Transfers: A 15-minute drive from Rotorua airport
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The Martinborough Hotel

4

A charming heritage hotel in the Marlborough wine region

This welcoming boutique hotel dates back to 1882 and is ideally located at the entrance of Martinborough Square, within walking distance of many of th...

Rooms: 20
Transfers: Approx. 1½ hours from Wellington airport
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InterContinental Wellington

5

A stylish and contemporary hotel ideally located by Wellington Harbour.

Voted ‘New Zealand’s Leading Hotel’ at the World Travel Awards 2016, the InterContinental offers superb service and a central location. It’s just a fe...

Rooms: 236
Transfers: Approx. 15 minutes from Wellington airport
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QT Wellington

4.5

This quirky design-led hotel has sophisticated dining, chic bars and an excellent waterfront location.

QT Wellington is in a great waterfront spot opposite the Sunday market and national Te Papa Museum, and is an ideal base for exploring Wellington. The...

Rooms: 163
Transfers: A 15-minute drive from Wellington airport
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Ohtel, Wellington

4

Get out and explore New Zealand’s captivating capital from this quirky harbourside base.

This new waterfront bolthole is in an excellent spot, at the heart of the action in Wellington’s Oriental Bay neighbourhood. It’s a quick stroll from ...

Rooms: 10
Transfers: Approx. 15 minutes from Wellington airport
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SKYCITY Hotel

4

Well-located city hotel

SKYCITY Auckland has all the luxuries of a top city hotel and all the facilities and attractions of the world-class entertainment complex, SKYCITY – i...

Rooms: 323
Transfers: Approx. 45 minutes from Auckland airport
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The Boatshed Seaside Boutique Hotel, Waiheke

5

Boutique nautical hideaway on Waiheke Island

Perched above a tranquil bay, this luxurious and romantic nautical-themed hideaway overlooks the white sands of Little Oneroa Beach and offers casual ...

Rooms: 7
Transfers: Approx. 1¼ hours from Auckland airport
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Cordis, Auckland

5

A classic hotel with a quiet setting just outside of the city centre, a reputation for excellence and a rooftop pool.

Formerly The Langham, Auckland, this award-winning hotel provides a sophisticated base in the ‘City of Sails’ and is known for its timeless elegance a...

Rooms: 411
Transfers: Approx. 40 minutes from Auckland airport
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The Sebel Auckland Viaduct Harbour

4

Apartment-style living in the heart of Viaduct Harbour

Centrally located on Viaduct Harbour, close to waterfront restaurants, cafés and Auckland’s shopping district, this all-suite hotel offers contemporar...

Rooms: 120
Transfers: Approx. 45 minutes from Auckland airport
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Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour

5

This stylish and modern hotel overlooks the marina and is right in the heart of Auckland Central.

Set between the Viaduct Harbour and the vibrant Wynyard Quarter, the Sofitel offers an elegant base in New Zealand’s largest city. Admire the sleek ya...

Rooms: 171
Transfers: Approx. 30 minutes from Auckland airport
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Bay of Many Coves Resort, Marlborough Sounds

4.5

Set in a secluded bay in the Marlborough Sounds, this welcoming lodge offers relaxation and fantastic wildlife-viewing opportunities.

From the moment you arrive at this natural hideaway you will feel enveloped by a sense of tranquillity. The magnificent views of forested hills and pl...

Rooms: 11
Transfers: Just 30 minutes by scheduled water taxi from Picton which is a 25-minute flight or 3-hour ferry journey from Wellington. If you are travelling from Christchurch then it's a 4½-hour drive or a 5¼-hour scenic Coastal Train service to Picton followed by a 30-minute water taxi. Helicopter transfers are also available*
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Chateau Marlborough, Blenheim

4.5

Five star luxury at the top of the South Island

This boutique hotel overlooks a pretty park and offers modern studios, suites and apartments just a short stroll from the centre of town. The outdoor ...

Rooms: 80
Transfers: Approx. 3¾ hours from Christchurch airport
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Hapuku Lodge, Kaikoura

4.5

A luxury eco-friendly lodge with treehouse rooms and magnificent views over the Kaikoura Seaward Mountain Range.

If you’ve ever dreamed of living in a treehouse and feeling close to nature then this country retreat is the place for you. The surroundings of this c...

Rooms: 10
Transfers: Approx. 3 hours from Christchurch airport
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The Lemon Tree Lodge, Kaikoura

3.5

A boutique lodge imbued with Swiss charm

Set on limestone cliffs with the Kaikoura Mountain Range as a breathtaking backdrop, this charming lodge offers a boutique experience combined with ou...

Rooms: 6
Transfers: 2½ hours
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Remarkables Lodge, Queenstown

4.5

Dramatic mountainous backdrop

Backed by the magnificent Remarkables Mountains, this boutique lodge offers a warm welcome and is well located for exploring spectacular Milford and D...

Rooms: 7
Transfers: Approx. 15 minutes from Queenstown airport
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Blanket Bay Lodge, near Queenstown

5

An intimate sanctuary renowned for its impeccable service and breathtaking setting on the shores of Lake Wakatipu.

If you are looking for a private lakefront escape with a stunning backdrop of snow-capped peaks and rainforest then this remote lodge is perfect. Craf...

Rooms: 12
Transfers: Approx. 1 hour from Queenstown airport. Helicopter transfers are available*
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Eichardt's Private Hotel

5

Luxury lakeside boutique hotel

Queenstown’s most historic hotel boasts a romantic setting on the shore of Lake Wakatipu, close to boutiques, restaurants and Queenstown Gardens. Eich...

Rooms: 11
Transfers: 15 minutes
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Oakridge Resort Lake Wanaka

4

Beautiful setting for outdoor activities

Set just over a mile outside serene Lake Wanaka, this hotel offers an alpine escape with views of the spectacular Southern Alps. After a day of outdoo...

Rooms: 173
Transfers: Approx. 1 hour
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Heritage Queenstown

4.5

The ultimate alpine retreat

Set on the shores of Lake Wakatipu, with uninterrupted lake views and glorious views of the Remarkables Range, this welcoming hotel offers a peaceful ...

Rooms: 175
Transfers: Approx. 20 minutes from Queenstown airport or a 4-hour drive from Dunedin
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Mercure Queenstown Resort

3.5

Stylish and well positioned hotel overlooking Lake Wakatipu

This friendly hotel features spectacular views over Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkables Mountains. It is a comfortable and stylish base from which to en...

Rooms: 148
Transfers: Approx. 20 minutes from Queenstown Airport
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Sofitel Queenstown Hotel & Spa

5

Classic French-inspired hotel

Set in the heart of Queenstown with shops, restaurants and bars right on its doorstep, this elegant hotel combines local spirit with French tradition....

Rooms: 82
Transfers: Approx. 15 minutes from Queenstown airport
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Edgewater - Lake Wanaka

4

Stunning lakeside setting

Set on the serene shores of Lake Wanaka, this hotel offers comfortable accommodation within walking distance of the town centre and is an ideal base f...

Rooms: 103
Transfers: Approx. 1 hour from Queenstown airport
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Hotel St Moritz Queenstown, MGallery Collection

4.5

This contemporary alpine chic-style hotel overlooks Lake Wakaitpu and the Remarkables mountains and is just a short stroll from the lakefront.

This hillside hotel is superbly positioned to showcase Queenstown’s awe-inspiring scenery and its cosy alpine-style reflects the dramatic Southern Alp...

Rooms: 134
Transfers: Approx. 20 minutes from Queenstown airport
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QT Queenstown

Check in at this new hotel for a distinctly designer vibe and views over breathtaking landscapes.

This super-chic designer retreat is a great way to explore Queenstown – it’s on the shores of Lake Wakatipu and has all the quirks which have become s...

Rooms: 69
Transfers: Approx. 15 minutes’ drive from Queenstown airport
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Fiordland Lodge, Te Anau

5

This cosy hillside lodge has breathtaking views over Lake Te Anau and is the perfect base for exploration of Fiordland National Park.

Perched on a hill with mesmerising views over rolling grass lands, sparkling waters and rugged mountain peaks, you’ll be hard pressed to find a more s...

Rooms: 12
Transfers: Approx. 2 hours from Queenstown airport and 3½ hours from Dunedin airport
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Stewart Island Lodge

4

Hilltop lodge with incredible views of Halfmoon Bay

Stewart Island is an unspoilt natural paradise of rugged coastline, golden beaches and forested hills that are home to 130 species of birds including ...

Rooms: 6
Transfers: Approx. 1 hour by boat from Bluff or 20 minutes by small plane from Invercargill
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Scenic Hotel Southern Cross, Dunedin

4

A historic city landmark

Dating back to 1883, this landmark hotel has been carefully refurbished and blends historic charm with modern comforts. There are three restaurants an...

Rooms: 178
Transfers: Approx. 30 minutes from Dunedin airport, 3 hours from Invercargill, 4 hours from Queenstown, 5 hours from Christchurch
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Beaufort House, Akaroa

4.5

A charming historic house with tranquil gardens

Dating back to 1878, this historic home has been lovingly restored and is a peaceful retreat with stunning views of Akaroa. Set in pretty gardens, it ...

Rooms: 5
Transfers: 1½ hours from Christchurch airport
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Chateau on the Park - Christchurch, a DoubleTree by Hilton

4

A serene hideaway just outside of the city centre

Nestled in five acres of lush gardens beside beautiful Hagley Park, with its own moat, rose garden and vineyard, this large hotel has a tranquil setti...

Rooms: 192
Transfers: Approx. 15 minutes from Christchurch airport
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The George, Christchurch

5

Award-winning luxury boutique hotel

A member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World, this luxury boutique hotel is located in an exclusive part of Christchurch, offering panoramic views...

Rooms: 53
Transfers: Approx. 20 minutes from Christchurch airport
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Grand Mercure Monaco Apartments, Nelson

4

Charming hotel with views across the Waimea inlet

Renowned for its relaxed atmosphere, this English village-style accommodation is set on the Monaco Peninsula with views across the Waimea Inlet to the...

Rooms: 85
Transfers: Approx. 5 minutes from Nelson airport
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Awaroa Lodge, Abel Tasman National Park

4

Secluded setting in the heart of Abel Tasman National Park

This charming wilderness lodge is inaccessible by road and offers a tranquil retreat and the chance to totally immerse yourself in the stunning surrou...

Rooms: 26
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Punakaiki Resort

3.5

Remote eco-friendly resort

Punakaiki's famous Pancake Rocks are just 300 metres from this charming resort which offers fabulous coastal views and easy access to Paparoa National...

Rooms: 63
Transfers: Approx. 4 hours from Christchurch airport
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Distinction Fox Glacier te Weheka Boutique Hotel

4

Excellent service and location

This friendly hotel has a peaceful setting at the foot of the mighty Southern Alps, just a short stroll from Fox Glacier village. It is ideally locate...

Rooms: 20
Transfers: 4¾ hours from Christchurch airport
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Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier

3

Perfect for exploring Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers

Set at the edge of Westland Tai Poutini National Park, this well-appointed hotel is an ideal base from which to explore Franz Josef Glacier. It is als...

Rooms: 130
Transfers: Approx. 5 hours from Christchurch and 4½ hours from Queenstown.
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The Hermitage Hotel, Aoraki Mount Cook

3

Surrounded by the Southern Alps with spectacular views

The iconic Hermitage Hotel is set in Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park, surrounded by the Southern Alps and the highest mountain in New Zealand. Magnifi...

Rooms: 164
Transfers: 4 hours
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Lake Tekapo Lodge

4.5

A unique boutique lodge with a home-away-from-home feel and spectacular mountain and lake views

Experience the very best in Kiwi hospitality and a special blend of luxury, comfort and style at this charming lodge which is adorned with contemporar...

Rooms: 3
Transfers: Approx. 2¾ hours from Christchurch airport
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